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Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day

Did you know that there’s a special doggy holiday coming up? February 23rd is Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day! Your pet may know them as ‘cookies’ or ‘treats,’ but no matter what you call them, snacks are a great way for you to reward your pup for good behavior, help him feel loved and safe, and get that tail wagging! In this article, a Happy Valley, OR vet discusses dog biscuits.

Store-Bought Treats

There are now dozens, if not hundreds, of brands of doggy treats. Fido would no doubt be more than happy to sample all of them! However, all snacks are not created equal. Get into the habit of reading labels, and try to avoid products with ingredients lists that read like chemical experiments.

Cute Tricks

As mentioned above, treats are a great training aid. Use small snacks when class is in session: you don’t want to overfeed your adorable student. All of our canine pals should know basic doggy obedience commands, like Sit, Stay, Come, Heel, and Lay Down. However, once your pup has those mastered, continue his education by showing him cute tricks like Roll Over or Shake Paw.

Homemade Goodies

If you enjoy cooking, you may want to consider making Fido’s snacks. There are some benefits to this: you’ll know exactly what your pet is eating, and will be able to customize his treats to suit his tastes. You’ll find some great recipes online. Just be sure to stick to safe ingredients, such as meat, fish, and poultry; cheese; natural peanut butter; and olive oil. Never give your canine buddy garlic, onions, scallions, or chives; pitted fruits, especially avocado; grapes, currants, or raisins; chocolate; nuts; caffeine; or alcohol. Meat on the bone is also a no-no, as are raw meat, dough, or yeast.

Recalls

While recalls are definitely not an everyday occurrence, they do happen. It’s always a good idea to monitor pet food recalls. You can find updated lists on several websites, including the FDA website.

Begging

We really can’t talk about doggy treats without addressing Fido’s penchant for theatrics. Some of our furry patients have their owners firmly wrapped around their paws! If you really can’t resist that soulful puppy-dog stare, offer your pooch something healthy, like a carrot stick.

Please call us, your Happy Valley, OR pet clinic, for all your pet’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!

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