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It is OK to give my pet treats?

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Just like cookies don’t have enough nutrients to be the bulk of your diet, pet treats aren’t made with the same balanced nutrition that goes into the pet food you give your dog or cat at mealtime.

Pets shouldn’t get more than 10% of their daily calories from treats. "Treats" includes table scraps or food you might use to give your pet medicine.

Your vet can tell you the total number of calories your pet needs each day. The calories in treats should be listed on the package. (If it's not, don’t buy that treat.)

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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