One has to realize that as much as humans enjoy treats dogs also enjoy treats but one has to be careful when indulging them because if not they would turn out to be overweight and obese. The problems might stem from your giving them too many treats or it could also be because too many treats these days contain a lot of junk foods. Just as when humans eat a lot of potato chips and candy they turn out to be obese, giving a dog too many treats would make the dog become overweight and obese, and sometimes to even fall down with chronic diseases. That fact has to be recognized. So the question that many pet owners ask is how many treats should their dog eat and what are the types of treats that are best for their dog. When it comes to how many treats a dog should eat, the author believes that there is no definite answer that is cast in stone for this question. The amount of treat that a dog can eat depends on several factors such as on the type of treat, the age of the dog, healthy status of the dog, its activity level and its size.
- In general, treats should comprise less than 10% of your dog’s daily food intake, which is less than is often suggested on the package label.
- Grain-free treats are the right idea, but commercial brands often replace grains with other unhealthy fillers, such as potatoes and tapioca.
- Instead of buying commercial dog treats, consider making them at home using just a few simple ingredients.
“It’s not only a matter of too many treats that are the problem but also the fact that most commercially available treats are akin to highly processed junk food.”