Just like we do, dogs love food treats. And just like us, dogs sometimes get too many calories from their treats.
“If you’re not careful, treats can add a substantial amount of calories to your dog's otherwise normal, healthy diet,” says Tami Pierce, DVM, clinical veterinarian at the University of California, Davis.
You may not actually realize just how many treats your dog gets daily.
“People will give their dog two, three and four treats at a time and not really think about it until they’re asked details about the dog’s health history and diet,” Pierce says.
The 10% Rule
Treats and snacks should only make up 10% of a dog’s daily calories. To get an idea of how many treats that is, ask your vet. They can make a recommendation based on the treats your dog likes, his weight, and how active he is.
But dogs love treats. And people love giving their dog treats. It's a way to bond with your pet, and that's a good thing.