Are Your Dog Treats a Health Risk?
If you are like me, you love giving your dog treats for being a
good dog, maybe doing a trick or performing when you give a command such as sit, stay, jump or
Recently I read a piece from Dr. Andrew Jones, DVM, and
discovered that many popular dog treats may be a major factor in causing canine obesity.
What was most alarming was that we found the biggest culprit
right on the label.
And the name of that culprit, sneaking into more and more
commercial dog treats, is SUGAR.
Today, many dog treat manufacturers are amping up production of
treats that are unhealthy and obesity causing according to a study by Veterinary Economics Editorial Advisory Board
member Dr. Ernie Ward.
He states that "Sugar is incredibly attractive to dogs. If a
doggobbles a treat quickly, an owner is more likely to give
This is music to the ears of the dog food industry...a hungry consumer who will keep
their guardians coming back for more sugar filled delectable treats, unknowingly contributing to the onset of
obesity and other canine health risks.
According to the APOP 45 % of the nation's dogs are overweight.
"In the race for pet treat profits, our pets' health is being bankrupted," Dr. Ward says.
To determine if your dog is obese, look at him to see if Fido
has a streamlined figure or no figure at all. Feel your dog's ribs. If you can pinch even an inch of fat over the
ribs there is a good probability that your dog is overweight.
Unfortunately, this can cause your pooch a number of health
One common complication of obesity in dogs is the onset of
sugar diabetes because obesity causes an increase insulin secretion due to increased blood glucose
In addition to the potential onset of canine diabetes, sugary
treats can also affect your dog's behavior, Dr. Ward says. "Numerous studies demonstrate that overfeeding sugar can
create symptoms similar to drug addiction," he says. "A dog's daily sweet treat may be contributing to overeating
and other undesirable behaviors. This is why I call today's high-sugar treats 'kibble crack.'"
So What Can You Do to Solve the Sugar Treat Dilemma
Dr. Ward suggests that you look at the ingredient list--and skip treats with sugar or
corn syrup as one of the first ingredients.
Sadly, sugar is even found in some dental treat products...fun
to eat but bad for your dog's dental and overall health.
Another option is to make your own homemade sugar free treats
or make the switch to dog healthy treats such as carrots, home made chicken, turkey or beef
For less than $50, you can buy a dehydrator at almost any
retailer and prepare economical and healthy dog treats at home . This is our preferred choice and our finicky
little Chihuahuas love their chicken treats!
And remember that diet is just part of the healthy pooch
puzzle...what Fido really needs and wants is tome to be outdoors playing with you, and other dogs for a "pack
friendly" healthy good time.
My small 8 year old dog suddenly became ill and no vet could
determine the cause. She died after enduring 2 weeks of pain and misery on Mother's Day morning.
Her life expectancy was 25 years. Don't let anything happen to
your best friend. Learn how to keep your dog healthy, extend her life and save on veterinary bills at
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