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When should I give my pet treats?

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Some people give treats to train a pet or reward good behavior. Others use them to show their love or to strengthen their bond with the animal.

There’s no rule about how often you can dole them out, as long as you limit treats to 10% of their daily calories.

Giving no treats is fine, too. Cats and dogs do well with other rewards and signs of affection, like extra playtime with you or words of praise.

SOURCES:

Association for Pet Obesity Prevention: “2015 National Pet Obesity survey results.”

Julie A. Churchill, DVM, PhD, associate professor of nutrition, University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine.

Martha G. Cline, DVM, vice president, American Academy of Veterinary Nutrition; veterinary nutritionist, Red Bank Veterinary Hospital, Tinton Falls, NJ.

Nolie Parnell, DVM, clinical associate professor, Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine.

Reviewed by Amy Flowers on June 14, 2020

SOURCES:

Association for Pet Obesity Prevention: “2015 National Pet Obesity survey results.”

Julie A. Churchill, DVM, PhD, associate professor of nutrition, University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine.

Martha G. Cline, DVM, vice president, American Academy of Veterinary Nutrition; veterinary nutritionist, Red Bank Veterinary Hospital, Tinton Falls, NJ.

Nolie Parnell, DVM, clinical associate professor, Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine.

Reviewed by Amy Flowers on June 14, 2020

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