This week’s post will be short and sweet. The weather’s supposed to be fairly nice, so I’m hoping folks will be out enjoying a taste of spring. Take your dogs for a walk! 🙂
I spend a lot of time on the blog talking about what we shouldn’t do. This week, I’m focusing on some things you CAN do. In particular, I’m going to put together a list of treats that I think are OK for pets to have.
I’m giving everyone the benefit of the doubt as far as calorie control goes. Remember that if you’re treating, take a little kibble out of the bowl to make up for it.
Carrots, celery, cucumber, green beans, corn, peas, lettuce
Blueberries, strawberries, melon, apples, pears, oranges
Any meat given should be lean, cooked to allow for removing as much fat as possible, and unseasoned
Beef, chicken, pork, venison, turkey, rabbit, ostrich, duck, white fish
*Note for cat owners: I sometimes grill an extra chicken breast for my cat. I shred it up and give her a little bit each day as a treat. I make sure to give just the lean meat.
Potato, sweet potato, rice, rice cakes, plain breads, popcorn (plain/unbuttered)
Generally these are all ok. Be sure to read ingredient lists fully. Choose treats made in the US when possible.
Soft chewing toys are the way to go: Kongs, nylabones, etc. Always supervise chewing to make sure your pet enjoys the treat safely.
I have two final pieces of advice to share.
First: If you’re giving a new treat or food for the first time, give a SMALL amount. New things need to be tested out gradually and carefully to be sure they’re going to agree with your pet’s digestive system.
Second: Give ONE new thing at a time. This way you’ll know which items are a good fit for your pet.