We give our dogs treats for many reasons: Training and reward, motivating good behaviour, keeping them occupied, and, well, because we love them!
Of course, like humans, if a dog eats too many treats and those treats are not beneficial to his health, this can lead to obesity and related health issues. And added to that, treats can spoil appetites for meals, which means the essential nutrients dogs get from their food won’t make it into their system.
“There are many benefits to giving our pets treats,” explains Ericka Carroll, VDM and Because Animals’ veterinary advisor, “but there are also reasons to be judicious about giving too many and to pay attention to the type of treat you give.”
Here's an easy guideline: Treats should make up no more than 10% of your dog’s daily calories. For example, if your dog needs 400 calories per day, only 40 of those calories should come from treats. The other 360 should come from their food.
It’s also good to remember that not all treats are created equal. “Many are high in saturated fat, sodium, cholesterol, and calories,” explains Dr. Carroll. “Ideally, look for a treat that balances healthy fats and nutritious whole ingredients with moderate calories and also provides a tasty yet nutritious snack for your dog to enjoy.”
To get an idea of how many treats is suitable for your pet, ask your vet. They will be able to make a recommendation for giving your pup treats based on their weight, age and activity level.
Because Animals’ first-ever dog treat, Noochies, is a gently-baked, certified organic dog biscuit made from whole food ingredients such as peanut butter, banana, ancient grains, coconut oil and our star ingredient, nutritional yeast.
We love nutritional yeast because it’s loaded with health benefits. Nooch is a complete, sustainable protein containing all 10 amino acids essential a dog needs. And, it’s an excellent source of beneficial B vitamins. Nutritional yeast is also super yummy, adding a meaty, cheesy, umami flavor that dogs (and humans) love!