SATIETY AND WEIGHT MANAGEMENT

Can My Dog Have Treats?
6 guidelines to “treating” your pet well

1: ALL TREATS HAVE CALORIES!

Any treat you give your dog contributes to his overall calorie intake. So if you’ve been instructed to feed a certain amount a day then then you choose to give treats, you much reduce the amount of food to keep overall total calories the same.

2: VEGGIES ARE THE BEST TREAT YOU CAN GIVE.

Raw vegetables are low in calories and fat, and high in fiber….the best combination for weight loss and good digestion. In addition, most vegetables help clean teeth, even better than biscuits, and with fewer calories. Do not give you pet vegetables that have been cooked in oil or butter – these are high in fat, high in calories and too squishy to clean teeth.

3: IF IT COMES FROM YOUR HAND TO HER MOUTH, IT’S A TREAT!

This means half a treat is as good as a whole. A carrot is as good as a piece of chicken. To your dog, a treat is an edible form of reward for good behavior. Knowing this, retraining yourself to play ball as a reward or spend time rubbing Fido’s ears can serve the same purpose.

4: THE MOISTER THE TREAT, THE GREATER THE FAT!

Of the commercial dog treats, the more “beefy” and “chewy” they are, the more oils and fats have been added to make it that way. If you think you dog needs dog treats, buy the drier, crunchier type. Our favorites are Skinny Mini’s from Fruitables.

5: IF YOU EAT AT WHOLE, YOUR DOG NEEDS LESS THAN HALF!

Many people who feed “people” food to their pets give them an equal portion to what a person would ear. But let’s do some math…If I weight 150 pounds and I eat a half of a chicken breast for a mean, then my 25 pound dog should have 1/6th of that (150/6 =20) or about 2 bit sized pieces AND that should count as his whole supper! Now, do you think he will be more filled with his ½ cup of dry food, or two little morsels of chicken.

6: 90% OF WEIGHT LOSS SUCCESS IS RETRAINING THE OWNER!

Think of it this way…wouldn’t it be great if we had someone to control our access of the refrigerator when we were trying to lose weight? Dogs beg from boredom and use food

FOR DOGS

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Weight control and glucose management for overweight cats. Almost 50% of the pet population is overweight. Even a little extra weight can lead to serious health problems. Extra weight reduces play time, impacts mobility and affects the general health of your cat. Factors contributing to weight gain include age, lack of exercise and overfeeding. Many commercial pet foods are loaded with salt and fat, which improve the taste but also have dramatic effects on your cats weight and overall health. Along with frequent physical exercise, choosing the right food plays a very important role in helping cats reach their proper weight. At Hills, nutritionists and veterinarians have developed clinical nutrition especially formulated to help cats effectively lose weight and maintain appropriate glucose levels.
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Glycobalance dry is a complete and balanced diet for adult cats that is formulated to help manage blood glucose fluctuations
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The multiple award-winning Orbee-Tuff® Snoop challenges the brain in fun and stimulating ways. Snoop is translucent and squishy with a deep crevice that conceals the treasure. Filled with treats, dogs will pounce, nudge, nose, and nibble to release the hidden reward. This interactive puzzle toy offers hours of long-lasting, brain-stimulating entertainment for dogs of any size. For extra credit, insert any 2.5″ Orbee-Tuff toy (also stuffed with treats) for a double puzzle.
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Why do dogs feel like eating has to be a race? We have no idea, but we solved the problem anyway. Featuring meal-lengthening ridges and mazes, Fun Feeders™ keep pups engaged for up to 10x longer at chow time, which improves digestion while helping furry friends eat at a fun, healthy pace. Available in 5 unique colors and designs, the Fun Feeder™ also features a slip-resistant base to prevent sliding and food spillage. Fun Feeders™ are top rack dishwasher safe, BPA, PVC & phthalate free, and available in tiny (3/4 cup), mini (2 cups), and regular (4 cups) sizes. Go beyond the bowl.
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Made of tough, durable plastic, the Buster Food Cube provides valuable mental stimulation and exercise. Your dog is rewarded when treats fall out … and you can vary how easily they are released with a simple twist.

“CAN MY DOG HAVE TREATS??” –  6 guidelines to “treating” your pet well

1: ALL TREATS HAVE CALORIES!

Any treat you give your dog contributes to their overall calorie intake. If you’ve been instructed to feed a certain amount of calories a day and you choose to give treats, you must reduce the amount of food to keep the total calories the same. 

2: VEGGIES ARE THE BEST TREAT YOU CAN GIVE!

Raw vegetables are low in calories and fat, and high in fiber….the best combination for weight loss and good digestion. In addition, most vegetables help clean teeth, even better than biscuits, and with fewer calories. Do not give your pet vegetables that have been cooked in oil or butter as these are high in fat, high in calories, and too squishy to clean teeth.

3: IF IT GOES FROM YOUR HAND TO THEIR MOUTH, IT’S A TREAT!

This means half a treat is as good as a whole. A carrot is as good as a piece of chicken. To your dog, a treat is an edible form of reward for good behavior. Knowing this, retraining yourself to play ball as a reward or spend time rubbing Fido’s ears can serve the same purpose.

4: THE MOISTER THE TREAT, THE GREATER THE FAT!

Of the commercial dog treats, the more “beefy” and “chewy” they are, the more oils and fats have been added to make them that way. If you think your dog needs dog treats, buy the drier, crunchier type. Our favorites are Skinny Mini’s from Fruitables.

5: IF YOU EAT A WHOLE, YOUR DOG NEEDS LESS THAN HALF!

Many who feed “people” food to their pets give them the same portion a person would eat. But let’s do some math…If I weigh 150 pounds and I eat ½ a chicken breast for a meal, then my 25 pound dog should have 1/6th of that (150/6 =20) or about 2 bite sized pieces AND that should count as their whole supper!

Now, do you think they will be more filled with his 1⁄2 cup of dry food, or two little morsels of chicken?

6: 90% OF WEIGHT LOSS SUCCESS IS RETRAINING THE OWNER!

Think of it this way…wouldn’t it be great if we had someone to control our access to the refrigerator when we were trying to lose weight? Dogs beg from boredom and use food for comfort just like we do. Retrain yourself that instead of reaching for a treat, reach for the ball or the leash!

About Healing Arts Animal Care

Healing Arts Animal Care in Beaverton, Oregon provides veterinary acupuncture, pet rehabilitation therapy, physical therapy and athletic conditioning and Animal Massage Therapy for the dogs and cats of the Portland, Oregon Metro Area including Hillsboro, Lake Oswego, and Tualatin. We strive to create a team among you, your pet, your veterinarian and ourselves to create a whole package of care for your pet including wheelchairs for dogs. Pets come through our door knowing that we’re going to have fun here and this isn’t “another trip to the vet.” Through manual therapies, acupuncture, laser, ultrasound, underwater treadmill and creating a tailored individual home exercises, we strive to bring your injured pet back to speed, keep your elderly pet as an active member of the family, return your obese pet back to a functional friend and keep your athletic pet at the peak of his performance.

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