What NOT to do if you love your pet - Dr. Marty Becker

What NOT to do if you love your pet

Friday, Aug 1st, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

QsAndPugsBeggingNothing generates instant happiness in a dog like opening the refrigerator or treat drawer. Unfortunately, as this delighted frenzy of fur keeps begging, you give more treats, and he starts bulging.

Pudgy pooches have an increased risk of serious health problems, including joint disease, Type 2 diabetes, respiratory and skin problems, and even cancer.

Most of us give our pets treats to see those dancing liquid eyes (I know we do!), but please limit treats to no more than 10 percent of your pet’s total caloric intake.

Besides, most pets would rather play or get massaged than eat. Play burns calories for both pet and owner, and massage gives both of you a biochemical spa treatment! So look for other, more health-friendly ways to sayy “I love you”!