Tips For Giving Your Dog Treats

Did you know that February 23rd is National Dog Biscuit Day? If you tell your dog about this, you may just get a head tilt in reply, but if you bust out a doggy treat, you’ll probably get a much more animated response. Treats are great for our canine pals! They’re a wonderful way to brighten Fido’s day, and make him feel loved. However, there are some do’s and don’ts to keep in mind here. Read on as a Bolingbrook, IL vet offers some advice on giving your pup his snacks.

Choose Healthy Snacks

When shopping for Fido, get into the habit of reading labels. You’ll want to look for products that list mostly meat, fish, and/or poultry. These things should also be listed first on the label.


We know, it’s hard to resist that adorable face. But, at the end of the day, begging is bad doggy manners. It’s also not doing Fido’s waistline any favors. Don’t let your pet manipulate you into overfeeding him!

Avoid Unsafe Foods

Fido has a pretty robust appetite, to say the least. Actually, your pooch will probably gobble up anything within reach. This can be a dangerous habit! Many popular people foods are toxic to pets. Never give your furry pal anything that contains garlic, onions, scallions, or chives. Meat on the bone is also very dangerous, as the bones can break into razor-sharp splinters. Some other foods to avoid include grapes, raisins, and currants; avocados; pitted fruits; chocolate; caffeine; raw dough or yeast; mushrooms; and anything that contains xylitol.

Make Fido Work For His Snack

Did you know that training actually makes many dogs happier? Each trick or command your pooch learns opens up a new way for him to communicate with you. Plus, many dog breeds had jobs in the past, so they are somewhat hardwired to help us out. Having Fido do a simple trick will help keep your pup mentally stimulated, and get that tail going.

Watch For Recalls

While recalls are fortunately not too common, they do happen. It isn’t a bad idea to stay up to date with recall news. You can do that at the FDA site here, or the AMVA site here. Or, just set a few email alerts. Better safe than sorry!

Please contact us, your Bolingbrook, IL vet clinic, anytime. We’re dedicated to offering great care!

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