If cheat days are for people, then treats are for pets! Although it’s not necessarily a ‘cheat’ whenever we give treats to our furry babies, we (and your pet, too!) might get too excited with feeding them these goodies. And we wouldn’t want that! After all, pet treats should only serve as 10% of their daily calorie consumption. Overfeeding results in obesity, and that’s not not good for their health!

 

 

Like all good things, pet treats should be given in moderation. Consult with your vet to learn the proper amount of treats you can offer in a day. Our canine and feline friends benefit from such snacks, anyway, for four good reasons.

 

  1. Treats helps encourage them in squeezing a much-needed exercise and training time, and Natural Balance Jumpin Stix or Cloud Star Training Treats may help with that.

Natural Balance Limited Ingredient Treats Jumpin Stix

 

Cloud Star Tricky Trainers Crunchy Cheddar

 

  1. Dental treats like Greenies Dental Treats for Dogs and Cats are good for their dental health, as it keeps their teeth clean, breath fresh, and their jaws strong!

 

  1. Treats keep them from chewing other stuff inside the house, and let’s them focus their chewing habit on tasty and nutrition-filled snacks instead. Functional treats also supplement your furbaby with additional nutrition that they need. Cloud Star Dynamo Dog treats are supplemented with essential nutrients and minerals that help nourish your furbaby’s skin and coat, hips and joints, and digestive health.

Cloud Star Dynamo Dog Functional Soft Chews Skin & Coat

 

Cloud Star Dynamo Dog Functional Soft Chews Hip & Joint

Cloud Star Dynamo Dog Functional Soft Chews Tummy

  

Since treats are part of your pet’s daily diet, we must make sure they’re getting proper nourishment for their intake. While store-bought munchies are equally good, why not try these treats straight out from your fridge?

 

  1. Apples. We, humans, benefit a lot from having our daily fill of apples, so shouldn’t your pet have the same? It’s low in calories, rich in fiber, and packs a good load of nutrients. Cut ‘em into bite-sized pieces for your pet to enjoy!
  2. Carrots. Another low-calorie snack, carrots are good sources of fiber and a handful of vitamins. Plus, it’s crunchy texture helps in stimulation and relieve anxiety!
  3. Green peas or beans. These treats are good plain, so please leave the salt or any flavorings for your personal dinners instead! Like the above-mentioned fruits, these contain fiber and essential vitamins and minerals that’s good for their health.
  4. Sweet potato jerky. Bored of straight out of your pantry treats? Then get baking! Make your own jerky by cleaning up those sweet potatoes, cutting them in ½-inch strips, and baking them in the oven for three to four hours.
  5. Berries. Bananas, strawberries, and blueberries are high in Vitamin C, thus strengthening their immune system (and helps maintain strong teeth, too!). Just don’t get carried away when feeding them berries as these are high in sugar content. Don’t over indulge!
  6. Boiled chicken. Protein is essential to a pet’s diet, and there’s no better way to make them happy than by giving them real meat. It has less fat and more lean meat, so chicken is your best meat option!
  7. Cheese. Who doesn’t love cheese? For sure, your dog or cat will love this as their snack, too! With protein, calcium, and other beneficial nutrients, serving these cubed treats is a total delight. Choose low-fat cheese such as mozzarella and cottage cheese to feed them with!

 

For pet owners who use treats for training, consider the size of your goodie. It should be as small as possible for easy consumption and lesser calorie intake. As for the right flavor, it will depend on your dog or cat, but it really doesn’t matter as your pet will want your attention more than the reward! There are crunchy, sweet, or meaty options, so go ahead and experiment on which treat he responds well to.