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Eco-friendly treats for overweight dogs

December 21, 2021

We are all for new year resolutions that will help pets and planet. Our dog-loving Veterinary team in Towcester have some thought-challenging ideas to share with you on the topic of dog treats.

Before we dig in, if you think your dog could be overweight, our nursing team can help. Book a weight check and get a body condition score, advice, and support for your dog’s weight-loss journey ahead.

What are overweight dog problems

Carrying excess weight will affect your dog’s health and quality of life. Overweight dogs can struggle with mobility, sore joints, and injuries. They are also at risk of developing diabetes and other serious health complications. A large contributing factor to weight gain is treats – to be more accurate, people giving dogs treats.

As January is a common time for new year weight-loss resolutions, we thought we would encourage pet owners to focus on their dog’s weight too… whilst trying to live more sustainably of course. Read our team’s top tips below for better treat options.

Seven dog treat ideas for 2022

  1. Dogs do not ‘need’ treats; there is an interesting thought! Here is another – your dog will not love you any less if you do not give them a treat. Be more purposeful with them i.e., use treats in training and to reward positive behaviour, such as recall on walks. Keep an eye on how many you are giving as they quickly add up when you are having fun.
  2. Your dog will still enjoy a treat if it is not of the high-calorie, artificially coloured variety. Choose a low-fat dry kibble to use as treats, or, switch to carrots, cucumber, apple (not the core), and other healthy fruit and vegetables that are not toxic to dogs. Here is a guide on fruit & veg your dog can eat from the PDSA.
  3. When buying dog food and treats from a shop check for eco-friendly packaging. Is it recyclable? Is there a better option? Also ask yourself, “does my overweight dog need it?”
  4. Avoid the pick & mix stand in your local pet shop as you cannot always check the ingredients and fat/sugar content and it is easy to get carried away. If you do use it, take your own tubs.
  5. If you are switching to carrots and other healthy veg & fruit treats, buy loose items without plastic packaging. Alternatively, why not buy some seeds and grow your own in Northamptonshire?
  6. Can you walk to the shop for treats? Lower your carbon footprint and give your overweight dog some exercise. You could also take a backpack to avoid plastic shopping bags.
  7. Have you thought about making dog treats at home? You would be in control of the ingredients and baking goods often come in recyclable packaging (flour, eggs, etc.). Search for ‘healthy dog treat recipes’ and grab your apron.

If you have any more tips for switching to healthier and more sustainable dog treats, we would love you to share them on our Facebook page to help other dog owners. Share on Facebook.

Not sure if your dog is overweight? Book a weight check with our Towcester nursing team and let us help you make 2022 a healthier year for your dog.

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