Dr. Heinrich has been featured on a veterinarian question and answer segment for TMJ4 Channel 4 News. Pet owners submitted questions and she answered them on the air.
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Q: How many treats is it okay to give my dog? What types of treats are best?
A: In general, the calories from treats should make up no more than 10% of your pet's daily caloric intake. To put that in more useful terms, a 50 lb dog should have no more than 3 medium size Milk Bone-type dog biscuits a day, a 10 lb dog should have no more than 1. However, it's best to use unprocessed food as treats for pets, just as it is for humans. If your pet will eat fruits and vegetables (minus grapes/raisins and onions), these can serve as great low calorie treats, especially if your pet is overweight. Try to avoid the processed "fake meat" type products that you find in grocery stores, as those primarily contain corn syrup and artificial flavors and preservatives. Other good ideas for treats are freeze-dried liver, Charlie Bear dog treats, pieces of your pet's normal kibble, or even small pieces of cooked meat or cheese when you need a high value reward.
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