Pet snacks can be very handy for rewarding good behaviour and for training, but overindulging your buddy can cause health problems including diabetes, inflammation, arthritis and even liver failure in cats.
If you’re feeding your little spark pug packaged treats, read the nutrition label – the kjs should make up no more than 15 per cent of your cat or dog’s total daily energy intake.
Choose products formulated for your type of animal and avoid any loaded with sugar, salt, sodium or fat. Natural treats are a good option – try the Vetalogica range, which contains no mystery meats, cheap fillers, artificial colours, flavours or GMOs (genetically modified organisms).
It’s also worth consulting your vet about what’s suitable, especially for allergies or medical conditions. Ask how many treats a day they recommend then set aside that many so you can keep track. Mind those table scraps, too! And always reward good behaviour with verbal praise. After all, they want your affection, not just food.