Finding a safe, healthy and tasty treat for your furry friend!

A recent recall of chicken jerky treats made in China made the news across the world and encouraged many pet lovers to think very carefully about the snacks they give their beloved pets.  Treats, table scraps and human foods can all cause problems in small companion animals.  We would like to provide you a few tips on how to keep your pet healthy.Pet treat safety

1. Don’t Give Bones. Dogs are notorious for chewing on things they shouldn’t and items given to dogs as “treats” can have grave effects. In particular, many people think that giving their dogs chicken or turkey bones during the holidays is a safe option, but they soon end up in the emergency room after their dog swallows one of the bones. The sharp edges can lead to bleeding, internal injuries, and worse.

2. Don’t Feed Table Scraps. Another problem is that human food can contain toxic ingredients that can seriously poison your pet. The tasty onion rings, grapes, raisons or other high fat meals that you love can make your pet sick.

3. Be Careful With Treats. The best way to keep your pet safe from toxicity or injury due to treats is to only feed them treats which are designed for feline or canine consumption.

4. Check Recalls. Regularly check the FDA recall list and make sure that their food or treats are not anywhere on there. Monitor your pet closely for any signs of injury or illness and if something feels “off,” trust your instincts. Stop giving your pet the treat immediately and call us if symptoms occur. We try to proactively notify our clients of pet food and pet treat recalls.

5. Pick Treats for Your Pets Size. Treats that are too big or too small can cause problems by getting caught in your pet’s mouth or esophagus. For example, items that are too small for your large dog can be easily swallowed.

If you are in the market for healthy, tasty and safe treats for your pet, stop in today and we’ll help you select just the right treat for your furry friend!

 

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