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If used correctly, pet treats can be a great asset. However, there are important things to consider before offering your cat or dog a treat. In addition to discussing the best practices for treat-giving with your veterinarian (who will have a detailed medical history of your pet), we've asked an expert to answer some of the more common questions regarding pet treats, as well as some guidelines before you open up the treat jar. Credit: Getty Creative 1. What Ingredients Should I Look For In a Treat? Just like you do with your pet's everyday food, you may want to consider providing your cat or dog treats which are "complete and balanced." These treats will have the combination of nutrients ...

I just had a disturbing conversation with a neighbor about his dog Maggie. Maggie is an elderly black lab who is doing surprisingly well despite suffering from diabetes mellitus, lumbosacral stenosis (causing extreme hind end weakness), protein-losing nephropathy (a disorder that causes her to spill protein into her urine), and allergies. She also recently recovered from a nasty bout of diarrhea, which her veterinarian suspects was a result of some changes she made in Maggie's medication protocol. Credit: Getty Creative My neighbor often asks for my opinion about his animals' health, so I didn't think anything was out of the ordinary when he stopped me as I walked past his house... until h...

Dogs love treats, but wouldn't it be great if you could make your dog work a little more for those tasty treats? Food-dispensing (also known as treat-dispensing) dog toys could help you accomplish that goal. Even better, the mental and physical stimulation food-dispensing dog toys provide may decrease the chances your dog develops boredom-related behavior problems - barking and chewing, for example. Before you go out and buy a food-dispensing toy, however, you should consider the following. Credit: Associated Press 1. Food-Dispensing Dog Toys Should be Durable "For most dogs, getting hold of food is the single most interesting and satisfying activity in the world," says dog trainer Jolant...

The following is an excerpt from Petfinder.com's - The Adopted Dog Bible. Most experts recommend feeding your dog twice a day - once in the morning and once in the evening - though puppies under five months of age should be fed three to four times a day, or as directed by your veterinarian. Credit: Getty Creative RELATED: How to Choose the Right Dog Treats While most dogs will dig in the moment you place the bowl on the floor, you may find that your adopted dog is a finicky eater, at least at first. After all, he's been thrust into a new home with new people, and he may be too nervous to eat. If this is the case, you will need to teach him to eat on a schedule. Leave the bowl on the flo...