Jan 12 , 2023
Do you occasionally give your dogs biscuits or a rawhide to chew? Don’t worry, almost all furry parents do. The joy of seeing your doggo’s tail wag because of a delicious treat will surely make your day.
However, you should also keep in mind that these treats may seem like a simple snack or tidbit, but they can really add up one day.
Since you have taken the time and effort to consult with the veterinarian about choosing a healthy diet for your pooch, you may be overlooking something extremely important in your dog’s diet. And you may not have considered it before, but the treats that you give to your dogs play an essential role in their overall health.
How often do you give your dogs a treat? Is it once or twice a day only? Or is it every time they misbehave? Or to fill their tummy each time they’re not in the mood to eat?
So the main question now is, why can’t dog treats replace dog food?
1. Risk of obesity
The truth about dog treats is that some are nutritionally balanced while others are not. If you buy high-quality ones, most are gluten-free and contain added vitamins and minerals. However, there are poor quality treats that have added preservatives to prolong their shelf life, as well as high calories and fat content.
Therefore, it’s important to check the quality of treats that you give to your doggo because giving too much can lead to weight issues such as obesity.
2. May cause nutrient imbalances
Generally, dog treats have packaging that look deliciously attractive, and can be tempting to buy for your dog. Some even have fruit in their labels to look healthy, but the truth really lies in the nutritional facts.
Most dog treats contain flavoring, excess sodium, sugar, and food colorings that are not just unhealthy for your dog’s health, but are also unnecessary for their diet. Giving too much of these ingredients can pile up one day, leading to nutrient deficiencies to your furry friend, like malnutrition and overweight problems.
3. Habit of picky eating
Treats are like candies to dogs. If you tolerate them in giving too much treats, particularly on days that they don’t want to eat their regular dog food, they will develop the habit of being a ‘picky eater’.
They will always choose their treats over their food. And eventually, you will have a hard time introducing new foods to them, like veggies and fruits.
4. Confused behavior
Treats are mostly used by owners as a reward and acknowledgement for their doggo. If you’re attempting to train your dogs and you’re using treats, do not give them if not necessary.
Because if you frequently give treats to your dogs even when not in obedience training, they may not follow your orders anymore since they may perceive it as a regular routine. Same goes in losing the essence of giving acknowledgement like “good boy.”
5. Not pocket-friendly
Treats are more expensive than dog food, fruits & veggies. So instead of investing more on treats, buy healthier and more natural snacks for your dogs, such as baby carrots and apples.
Ice cubes are also the cheapest and fun treat you can give to your dog. Not only they will enjoy it, but it will also keep them hydrated.
Dogs’ diet needs to be healthy to ensure them a long and happy life. Since treats are a big part of their diet, make sure to give them moderate amounts only.
Also, bear in mind to always read the labels to be aware of the ingredients you’re feeding your dog and always choose high-quality products.