Tips for Giving your Pet a Chewy Dog Treat
Chewy dog treats are a great way to keep your pet busy when you are unavailable to play. They also work as a wonderful distraction that keeps your canine preoccupied even when visitors arrive or other activity is going on in your home. Listed here are a few helpful tips for selecting a treat and safely offering it to your pet.
Chewing on the Right Size
Depending on your pet’s size, you may prefer a thinner or shorter chewy dog treat. Avoid giving a large dog a very small treat. These can pose a choking problem if your pet can swallow them whole. While most dogs will still try to chew the treat, it is always best to err on the side of safety. A very small dog could be given a lighter chew treat to avoid muscle strain when lifting. Also keep in mind dogs that have gum or teeth problems, especially senior canines, may have a difficult time with a very hard chew bone or other similar treat. If this is the case, look for softer rawhides such as pig ears.
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Never hand your Pet a CBD Supplements and leave him or her unattended. Although these are designed for canines, they can become hazards. A well-chewed treat can become small and be swallowed whole while a broken piece or splinter may wind up cutting your pet’s gums. While you do not have to constantly watch your dog chew the treat, it is important to check in frequently. Consider having your pet chew the treat in the same room as you are in. Always remove tiny or sharp pieces and throw them away.
Where to Chew
Some dogs have no problem with others being nearby when they are enjoying dog treats. However, it is in their nature to defend their food. If someone unfamiliar or another dog were to approach your pet while chewing, he or she may growl or even nip. If you have other dogs or visitors, consider placing your pet inside a kennel or other safe confinement. This provides a barrier between your pet and others. Plus, your pet will feel more relaxed knowing he or she is chewing in the safety of a den-like environment.
Your pet should view you as the alpha. That means you should be able to take the dog treat away, even if he or she is not finished chewing it. The best way to reinforce this is to begin at a very young age. Never pet your dog while he or she takes CBD Supplements, even gently tugging on ears, tail and paws. Never tug hard, this is only to simulate being touched or handled while chewing. Finally, remove the treat from your pet. He or she should never growl, nip or snarl. If your pet allows you to take
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The FDA's Dog Food Recall had families with dogs and cats on edge. The dog food recall spurred many of us to search for alternative ways to keep our animals safe from tainted foods. But while we went through the process, it changed some of our thinking about what to feed our animals. Is there a better, healthier alternative for our dogs than the grocery store kibble we fed them before the recall? How should we feed our dogs as we go forward, now that the recall "dust" has settled? At first, I believed that the safest solution to the problem during the dog food recall was to cook a 100% home-made diet for my dogs. I reviewed home made dog food recipes from the internet, library books, the local bookstores, and I spoke with our veterinarian about my ideas. My veterinarian suggested that there were serious nutritious considerations to take into account when making home made dog food in order to make sure that the dogs were fed a balanced diet. I totally agreed. But still, I felt desperate during the dog food recall. I was willing to make a few mistakes regarding nutrition if it kept my dogs completely safe from worrisome ingredients. My veterinarian's office assured me that the dog food that they sell in their office was safe from the recall and that it was nutritious and balanced. If the office is going to suggest something, and it is a reliable brand, I realize that they are going to suggest the one they sell. There is nothing wrong with that, but the dog food industry is a profitable one. I just wondered- is their food the very best solution for me and my dogs? I vowed to learn more.
I decided to keep on researching, and here are the answers I came up with:
1. Making your own dog food is a real possibility. Home made dog food recipes abound right now in books and on the internet, but there are some important caveats to remember. Certain foods that humans eat can be harmful to dogs, and can even kill them if enough of the ingredient is eaten. Most of us know that chocolate is toxic to dogs, but did you also know that onions, large amounts of garlic, nutmeg, grapes, xylitol (an artificial sweetener) unripe tomatoes, fruit seeds and pits, and walnuts can all be fatal to dogs? Please research your ingredients and be aware before you begin cooking for your animals. Home made dog food and dog treats can be made nutritiously and safely, and they can avoid some of the lower quality by-products and chemicals that are in many of the mass-produced dog foods. Cooking for your dogs can be a very good thing.
2. There are many safe and healthful foods out there that you can purchase for your dogs. Here are the things to look for: First, check the Food and Drug Administration's Dog Food Recall List. If your food is not listed, to be doubly sure that there will not be a problem found later, there is a simple solution for the FDA 2007 recall: AVOID ANY FOODS WHICH LIST EITHER WHEAT GLUTEN OR RICE PROTEIN POWDER IN THEIR INGREDIENTS LIST! These are the two problem ingredients that were found in products coming from China. Learn to look at the labels for foods that use quality ingredients. Avoid chemical preservatives, as well as artificial flavoring and coloring.
3. Variety is not only the spice of life, it may help keep your pets safer. In reading articles, listening to news broadcasts, and keeping up with the issue by tuning in to syndicated radio forums on the subject, I heard something that echoed loud and clear: Many experts believe that one of the reasons that dogs and cats died from eating the tainted food, rather than become ill and recover, was that their diet consisted of only one food. In these cases the dogs and cats received the recalled food over and over again, which led to kidney failure in the case of the tainted products from China. Going forward, I decided that it is a good idea to supplement my trusted dog food with home made food that I cook myself. This gives my dogs the variety that now seems to be important. Sometimes I mix the home made food in with their dry kibble, and sometimes not. Other times I feed them the home cooked food by itself.
4. Treats - My dogs enjoy many fruits and vegetables, and I have a list of easy healthful snacks on my website that are safe for dogs, as well as additional dog treat recipes which do not contain any of the toxic ingredients listed above. I hope that we can learn some important things after living through the 2007 dog food recall. Hopefully we can lobby for more stringent regulations for pet foods. With more precautionary regulatory measures, and our own decisions to feed our animals differently, we can keep them safer for the future.