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Questions about Dog Treats

Many dog owners often give dog treats to their dogs. Dog treats can be harmful if given in large amounts. Uncertainties what amount of dog treats is safe for your dog or what you can do if your dog ate too many dog treats often lead to questions like the ones answered below by Experts.

Is it okay to make dog treats with honey or agave?

Homemade dog treats are made quite often. Honey or agave used in your dog treats does not pose a threat as neither have anything toxic in their makeup. You will want to use them in small amounts as they are extra calories that many dogs do not need.

Are dog treats that have molasses in them okay for dogs?

Molasses that is used in making dog treats should not cause any issues or exhibit any toxicity. The molasses is used to flavor the treat for an overall better taste to the dog. With any treats you will want to use the dog treat in moderation and watch your dog after you try out the treat. If you notice any diarrhea or vomiting then you should stop give the dog treat to your dog.

What can I do and what should I look for in an overindulgence of dog treats?

If your dog is not exhibiting any symptoms of vomiting, abdominal pain, or diarrhea and seems to be normal then your dog may be fine. You will want to put her on a no feed diet for at least 12 hours. If you dog begins to have diarrhea prolong the no feed diet for 24 hours. Keep the water intake to small doses as large doses can inhibit vomiting. After the no food diet is over you will want to start your dog on a bland diet which can include boiled hamburger/chicken but all the juices and fat will need to be drained off along with 50% cooked rice. You will want to keep the meals small 3 to 4 times a day for 3-4 days. After the fourth day begin to mix their regular dog food in.

Where can I have dog treats tested for bacteria?

It’s difficult to determine where the bacteria may have come from. If you suspect bacteria on your dog treats you will want to refrigerate them immediate for the cultures to be meaningful. Many veterinarians use a laboratory that they submit samples to or you can call a laboratory on your own. The lab will be able to tell you if the dog treat will be able to be analyzed. Some factors that may come into play will be how long the dog chewed it, laid it down and left to the environment, etc. Bacteria will need to be found inside the dog treat to rule out the environmental aspect.

Is giving my 7 month old, 22 pound dog five dog treats a day okay?

Dogs that are fit, young, and growing should not have any ill side effects from receiving 5 dog treats a day. You will just want to keep watch as your dog gets older and possible make an adjustment in the amount of dog treats given. In older dogs the metabolism can change and weight gain may be easier than when a puppy.

Dog treats should be given in moderation and not as a replacement for dog food. Experts can help answer questions on how to make dog treats at home or how much is too much dog treats to give to your dog. Get the answers to your dog treats questions by asking an Expert.
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