From time to time we get questions about things like Dog Treats Safety Tips that we feel we should reach out and blog about to share with more than just one reader. When you have pets, you want to know you are doing the best you can for them. That includes protecting them should they be eating or drinking the wrong things.
Dog Treats Safety Tips
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We recently received a question from a reader, that inspired this blog post:
“I just gave my doggie a cow’s knee cap bone and he’s basically chewed and ate it to the point where it is almost all gone. Is that bad that he ate almost all of the bone?”
Treats should be given in moderation: Treats are a great way to rewards your pet for good behavior and obedience. However, much like human treats should be eaten in moderation to prevent obesity – the same rule applies to your pets. Too many treats isn’t healthy.
Dog bones are safe for your dog to eat, but make sure you are giving them an appropriate bone: The reader was concerned that their dog had eaten a whole bone. This could be perfectly fine over the course of a few days, but may present a problem if it was a large bone and a small dog. The bones themselves are safe for consumption, but the size of the bone could give your dog a tummy ache if they eat it all at once.
Make sure you are giving larger bones to larger dogs, and smaller bones to smaller dogs. Also make sure that bones are not becoming a substitute for food, or being completely eaten in a very short time span. Ideally, a bone should last at least a few days when played with and chewed on consistently. Be watchful and aware of what your dog is eating, but don’t worry too much if they go through a bone quickly. Just don’t make it a habit of giving them a new one every day.
Homemade treats can be great when safely made: Homemade dog treats are a great healthy alternative. Made with fresh ingredients like rice, sweet potatoes, coconut oil and even peanut butter, these can be a fun way to indulge your dog with a healthy and easy to make treat. Look for yummy pet treat recipes online and make sure to avoid foods that cause problems for pets.
Related: Easy & Delicious Homemade Dog Treats
Be mindful of treats with ropes or plastic attached: One word of caution in regards to treats is to avoid those that have a rope or plastic piece attached. These things can easily be ingested by your dog and cause gastrointestinal issues.
These dog treats safety tips are sure to keep your dog happy, and obedient in hopes of another treat soon.
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