Who doesn’t love spoiling their pet a little? When it comes to treats, there is an overwhelming selection to choose from; however, as a pet owner you must use caution when purchasing these tasty delights for your pet. There are literally hundreds of thousands of treat types, and many of these, in fact a vast majority could be harmful or unhealthy to your pet. These unhealthy treats follow the same line of ingredients and additives as dry dog food, and could pose long term health risks.
Many people are fooled by the label on dog treats. “Natural” does not mean healthy! Natural literally means from nature, and this is highly misleading since many things that are unhealthy come from nature such as certain coloring agents, dyes, and preservatives. Most treats have been preserved in some kind of chemical that poses long term health risks to your pet’s kidney and liver functions.
Another misconception about “natural” or homemade treats is that many owners are unaware as to what is toxic to their pets. There is a long list of what common foods are very dangerous to pets, for more information on these foods, click here.
The Dog Bowl prides itself in providing only the highest quality, most healthful treats for cats and treats for dogs. We offer treats that have been freeze dried, or dried naturally without adding in dangerous preservatives or high sodium levels.
Another thing to remember is that while treats are fun for both you and your pet, treats are food! Just like for humans, a slice of cake is a treat, but it is still considered food, and it will still go to your waistline! If you over-treat your pet, they will come to expect it, and if they are used for training, it could defeat the purpose. Likewise, if they come to expect treats, chances are you are over-treating them and this could result in overweight pets, which poses more serious health risks.
Treats are a great tool to use for training a pet, they offer a reward for good behavior, and they build the bond between pet and owner. Using treats to facilitate in training is a great idea, but make sure you are feeding them the right treats! If your dog is already on the raw food diet, why reverse its effects by feeding them high sodium, chemically processed treats? Make sure you can understand and pronounce everything on the label, and try doing a little research as to what treat is best! Manufacturers of unhealthy dog treats will sometimes cloud their ingredient list by using different names for certain chemicals such as formaldehyde! The Dog Bowl makes is convenient by offering our healthy treats both online and in our retail storefront.
Your pet’s happiness is important, but so is their health. Don’t compromise their health with unhealthy dog treats; make sure you know what you’re buying! If you’re going to treat your pet, why not do it the best way? Come to The Dog Bowl or shop online to find the highest quality products to keep you and your pet happy!