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Know Your Dog Treats - Part 1

Monday, 22 April 2013  |  Kate

Size Matters

Have you ever seen a small dog with a big stick between its teeth try to walk through a door? While funny and lovable it is pretty ridiculous and it's the same with treats. Smaller dogs shouldn't be given treats that are too big for them as they might end up trying to bite off more than they can chew, so to speak.  

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Smaller dogs will have a hard time getting through a bigger treat so they should be given treats more appropriate for their size. Conversely it wouldn't make much sense to give a large dog smaller treats they can swallow without actually taking time to enjoy.

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Overfeeding

Obesity in dogs is a very common problem and can often lead to more serious health concerns like osteoarthritis (degenerative joint disease) which can be caused by a dog's weight placing extra pressure on their joints. If your dog is on a diet then you should avoid giving them treats otherwise it could compromise the weight loss programme they are on.

How much you should feed your dog and how many calories they need per day does, however depend on their age, weight and how active they are. The recommended amount of calories a dog needs per day is around 25 calories per pound of body weight. A younger, smaller dog that is very active will need more calories than say an older dog that mostly sits around the house. Older dogs often benefit more from fewer calories rather than a lot and can end up living for longer.

Many commercially produced treats have a lot of calories but very little actual nutritional value. If your dog is getting all or most of their caloric requirements from their daily meal(s) then a high calorie treat could mean they're being overfed which is not good.