As a general rule, most store-bought cat treats are made with a number of human-safe ingredients and won’t result in any ill effects for your kitty. If you decide to give your pet a treat that includes recipes that have mouse or rat ingredients, however, you should first consult with a vet before doing so – just to be safe.
Generally speaking, most cats will devour store-bought goodies without issue, but some may prefer homemade goodies over those off the shelf. If giving your kitty homemade snacks is okay by you – and by them too – there are plenty of great recipes online that focus on both bird and fish varieties.
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Jerky treats are a popular type of dog chew treat. They are usually made from meat that has been dried out and then shaped into small pieces. Some people may believe that jerky treats are safe for dogs, while others may be concerned about the potential health risks associated with them.
There is no scientific evidence to support the claim that jerky treats are safe for dogs. In fact, there is research that suggests they could pose serious health risks if given to a dog regularly in large quantities.jerking motion during chewing can lead to compressive lesions of the spinal cord, rupture of vessels in the mouth, gingival hyperplasia (growths on the gum), pneumonia, abscesses and other infections1; many of these problems can be life-threatening2. So if you are giving your dog jerky treats as a snack or reward, make sure they are limited in quantity and only given as a occasional treat.
-Are you comfortable providing treats as a form of positive reinforcement? If so, then using them in training may be helpful; dogs tend to respond better when they feel rewarded for good behavior.
-Do the rewards that you provide have the desired effect (i.e., teaching your dog what he or she needs to do)? Using foods or other forms of excitement (such as fireworks) as rewards can often be more effective than giving treats alone; by adding an unpredictable element, it provides a further incentive for your pet to behave. In cases where the desired behavior isn’t being exhibited regularly enough, withholding treat rewards can sometimes help increase motivation.
-Keep in mind that too much sugar/cod liver oil -like treats can actually have negative effects on canine dental health; choose treats that are low in sugar/fat content if you’re worried about this issue.
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