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7 things dog owners don't know about dog treats

Published on 23 Jul 2021

Dog watching treat from pet owner.

Every dog loves treats. The mere rustle of the bag or mention of the word sends tails wagging.  

Your dog's indulgence aside, dog treats are a great addition to help your best friends learn new tricks, aid with dental health and sneak in the odd flea, tick and worming pill. 

However, there are a few things you might not know about your dog's favourite treats.

There are high & low calorie dog treats

Dogs love being rewarded and treats are the best way of making your pooch happy. But do you note how many calories the treats provide?

They should only make up 10% of the daily count!

If your pup eats well, try switching to low calorie dog treats or ensure high calorie treats are used only as special treats rather than part of their daily diet.

Low calorie dog treats

Low-calorie dog treats include vegetables like carrot sticks or slices of cucumber and apple. Basically, all treats that have no sugar, fats or preservatives included are low calorie dog treats, even air-popped popcorn!

Offer treats like Royal Canin EDUC Dog Treat if your dog is on a diet meal plan or obsesses over treats. 

High calorie dog treats

High-calorie dog treats include fruits, especially bananas and watermelon. Usually given to bulk up small dogs or add extra protein in their meal plans, high calorie dog treats offer an excellent option for parents to try.

There are hypoallergenic treats for dogs who are sensitive or allergic to certain ingredients

Food related allergies are quite common among dogs and you can help keep your pooch safe from allergens by keeping an eye out for irregular signs like itchy skin or vomiting and diarrhea etc.

Hypoallergenic dog treats like WAG Kangaroo Tendons Occupy Dog Treats are soft, chewy and free of all allergens to keep your dog healthy and safe.

You can make dog treats out of canned dog food

You can make the most out of canned dog food and make easy, homemade treats for your friendly pooch!

Open the can, slice the loaf and bake the pieces at 350° for 20 minutes or until crispy and you're done. Homemade, healthy and inexpensive - surely a treat!

Dangerous dog treats exist & are being sold!

Dog treats are not always safe and may contain harmful ingredients that may be toxic to your dog's health. They are: 

  • Vegetable Oil, the least toxic of the few. It may trigger allergies or speed weight gain.
  • Corn Syrup, the high sugar content may risk diabetes or obesity in dogs.
  • Excessive Salt, may cause your dog to lose moisture in muscles, vomit or have severe stomach imbalances. 

When investing in good treats, it is crucial to review the ingredients listed and consider healthy and natural dog treats

Certain human foods can make great dog treats

Another good way of balancing your doggo's meal plan while staying on a budget is feeding your pooch a bite of fruits, veggies or snacks from the pantry.

Not every food is suitable though - check out the following lists to differentiate between the suitable and unsuitable human foods for dogs:

Human foods suitable for dogs

  • Carrots
  • White Rice
  • Chicken
  • Peanut Butter
  • Fish
  • Popcorn
  • Corn

Human foods not suitable for dogs

  • Chocolate
  • Almonds
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Avocado
  • Raisins and grapes
  • Onions and garlic
  • Chives

Dog treats are great for their dental hygiene

Don't forget your pooch’s teeth!

Dental treats for dogs help prevent tartar, reduce plaque and develop healthy gums.They also stimulate saliva production and decrease tooth decay. Dental chews should be given once a day to improve their dental hygiene. Like a toothbrush, rub the dental chew on their teeth thoroughly, loosen up any debris and wash for best results. 

You may be overfeeding your dog treats

There's a method to be maintained, even when rewarding your furry friend. Overfeeding dog treats may lead to serious risks of obesity, heart disease and arthritis.

Dog treats should only make up 10% of your dog's meal plan. Follow the chart below to understand the structure of feeding relative to your dog's size.

Dog SizeTreats Per Day
Small (>10kgs)1-3 daily
Medium (10kgs to 20kgs)1-4 daily
Large (<30kgs)1-5 daily

Check out more of articles!

Read up on Why play should be a priority for your pooch or if you're planning a getaway, have your doggo seated comfortably during the drive with the guidelines stated here.

If you have just welcomed a new puppy, start the new chapter in your life with the Best pet training tips.

Always consider consulting a professional if you have any concerns about your pooch’s health. You may also get a professional opinion by chatting with a vet from the comfort of your home.

Chow Chow brown dog close up portrait.

JK Growling

JK Growling likes the finger things in life (except wizards, don’t get her started). She only eats the bougie treats, loves showing off her tricks to the humans to get her bougie treats. 

She has one human: Delores, who she has wrapped around her little paw.