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National Dog Biscuit Day

February 23rd is a special day for our canine companions: it’s National Dog Biscuit Day! Fido may not know about the holiday, but he’d be delighted to indulge in a few extra snacks that day. Read on as a Folsom, CA vet discusses Fido’s favorite treat.

Tricks For Treats

Treats make a great training aid! Whether you’re trying to teach Fido a new command, like Sit or Stay, or a cute trick, like Roll Over or Gimme Paw, it’s important to reward your pooch for obeying. Fido isn’t usually very impressed by a gold star or a great report card. A piece of hot dog or a dog biscuit, however, will definitely get that tail wagging. Use small snacks during training. Otherwise, you may overfeed your furry student!

Choosing Treats

There are dozens, if not hundreds, of products available in the average pet store. Picking the best one can be a bit tricky. While Fido will likely be thrilled with any of them, it’s always best to feed your furry best friend high-quality foods. Start reading labels, and opt for products that contain mostly meat, fish, or poultry. If you can’t identify or pronounce most of the ingredients, opt for something else.

Begging

Man’s Best Friend has been our buddy for thousands of years, so he’s had a lot of time to work on that sad, soulful stare that is so effective at getting us to share our food. Begging is bad doggy manners, and can lead to problematic behaviors, such as food snatching. Make Fido work for his snacks by doing a cute trick, or even just sitting on command.

Homemade Treats

There’s no reason you can’t make some of your dog’s treats. If you look online, you’ll find lots of great recipes to try. Just be careful to use only things that are safe for your canine buddy. Some good options are plain, cooked meat, fish, or poultry; eggs; cheese; natural peanut butter; sodium-free broth; plain yogurt; bacon bits; and wheat-germ oil. Never give your furry pal anything that contains garlic, onion, scallions, or chives; pitted fruits; alcohol; caffeine; chocolate; grapes, currants, and raisins; or xylitol. Other unsafe foods include meat on the bone and raw meat, dough, or yeast.

Please reach out to us, your Folsom, CA vet clinic, for all of your dog’s veterinary care needs. We are always here to help!

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