TREATS WE LOVE

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

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Royal Canin Hydrolyzed Protein dog treats are part of a comprehensive line of veterinary-exclusive formulas for dogs with food sensitivities. These treats are made with hydrolyzed soy proteins composed of low molecular weight peptides. That means the digestive tract can absorb these proteins, reducing the risk of a reaction in the immune system. Optimal amounts of B vitamins and amino acids support a healthy skin barrier. And with Relative Supersaturation (RSS) methodology, these treats help maintain a healthy urinary environment. They’re a perfect way to reward dogs during an elimination diet trial or those with long-term food sensitivities.
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Royal Canin Hydrolyzed Protein cat treats are part of a comprehensive line of veterinary exclusive formulas for a cat with food sensitivities. These treats are made with hydrolyzed soy proteins composed of low molecular weight peptides. That means the digestive tract can absorb the proteins, reducing the risk of a reaction in the immune system. Optimal amounts of B vitamins and amino acids support a healthy skin barrier. With high digestibility and exceptional palatability, they’re a perfect way to reward a cat during an elimination diet trial or those with long-term food sensitivities.

Fruitables

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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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GREENIES® PILL POCKETS® treats are an easy, proven solution for giving medicine to your dog.  The built-in-pouch and shapeable texture are perfect for hiding medicine so your dog gets the medicine they need and a tasty treat they will love.

Capsule Size treats are available in chicken, peanut butter, and hickory smoke flavors.

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KONG Liver Easy Treat is a delicious treat that delights all types of dogs while providing an easy no-mess solution for pet parents. Made in the USA, this highly-digestible and trans-fat free treat is an enticingly delicious addition when added to a stuffed KONG. A uniquely designed nozzle easily controls the amount of KONG Easy Treat while also having the added benefit of a convenient, no mess stuffing solution. Want to make your stuffed KONG last longer? Freeze a stuffed KONG, topped with KONG Liver Easy Treat for a longer-lasting, mind occupying challenge. No Refrigeration required.

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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