Too Much of a Good Thing
Dogs and humans aren’t much different in some respects. Think of the last time you popped open a bag of potato chips. Did you eat just one? How can we expect our dogs to be content with just one treat, especially when they’re a delicious, soft and chewy, grain and gluten free freeze-dried dog and cat single ingredient treats…like Northwest Naturals?
We can’t, and we shouldn’t. Treats are just one more way that we can show our pets how much we love them. So, the first part of our answer to this important question is to buy nutritionally healthy treats that taste as good as they sound. When the treats are healthy, it’s easier to give them more frequently.
The second answer is a bit more situation dependent, as it’s based on the daily nutritional requirements of your pet. The food you give to your pet, the amount of that food your pet receives at each meal, and how many times you feed your pet per day are the big factors. If you are over-feeding or meeting the total nutritional requirements with your dog’s daily meals, it leaves less room for tasty treats and rewards throughout the day.
When feeding your pet, a raw based food diet, free from fillers like grains and gluten, your pet is getting optimal nutrition. Imagine if every meal you ate was specifically designed to promote your health and well being. You’d have more room in your diet for a sweet treat now and again. Just like you might work with a nutritionist or medical expert to develop that diet, we work with vets and pet health experts to develop our dog and cat foods and treats.
Pet food and treats should have recommended daily portions and serving sizes on the packaging. But, you still need to know the specific nutritional needs of your pet. And some companies are focused on selling more product vs. the health of your pet. When shopping for your pet, read the ingredient labels. Try to pick out the main ingredients. In healthy pet food and treats, this is easy to do. Aim for a single ingredient treat, or chicken, rather than chicken by product or chicken meal. Avoid grains and glutens as these are fillers, which aren’t good for your pet, or your wallet.
Our dietary feeding suggestions are based on your pet’s weight and caloric needs, but we cannot know things like your pet’s activity levels, dietary restrictions, and/or allergies. You can use the Feeding Calculator on our website or find another one online. You can also take the information on our packaging to your vet to develop a recommendation for daily meals and treats that will spoil your pet while maintaining good health. Pair this nutritional information with healthy exercise levels and your fur baby will be set to live a happier, healthier, and longer life.