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How should I limit my pet's treats?

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Just like cookies don’t have enough nutrients to be the bulk of your diet, pet treats aren’t healthy enough for dogs or cats to be a large part of what they eat. That’s because these products aren’t made with the same balanced nutrition that goes into the pet food you give them at mealtime.

Pets shouldn’t get more than 10% of their daily calories from treats. This includes table scraps or food you might use to give your pet medicine. That's because these things aren’t made for a healthy dog or cat’s diet.

Your vet can tell you the total number of calories your pet needs each day. You can figure out what 10% of that amount is. To see how many calories are in treats, look on the package. If there are no calories listed, don’t buy that treat.

From: The Right Way to Treat Your Pet WebMD Medical Reference

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 April 01, 2018

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 April 01, 2018

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