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Tricks & treats of pet treats

on Thursday, 28 April 2016. Posted in Gold Coast Pet Centre

Tricks & treats of pet treats

Ever want to give your pet something different for a treat? with Easter behind us and a long snuggley winter to come, it is easy to give your pets treats when your don't take them for a walk, or because you are spending more time inside with them. Have a read through to see some bad treats and surprising treats for all of your pets!

The tricks of treats

With Easter behind us and our social media and news feeds full of the perils of feeding our pets chocolate, we thought we would let everybody in on a few other less known good and bad treats for our pets. While we love our pets so much and only want to feed them the best food we can, we need to remember not all foods that are healthy for us are healthy for them, and just because they eat it, does not mean they should.

 

Just remember that treats are exactly that, and should only be given on occasion. The most important thing for your pet is a well balanced diet of high quality foods. If you have any questions about diet or treats after reading our tricks of treats, please feel free to call us or drop in for a chat!

 

Dogs:

 If your dog is anything like mine, it will hoover up any dropped or spilt food before you even realise you dropped it! Don’t worry, in small quantities most foods will not do any harm to your dogs, especially the larger breeds. Here is a helpful little guide on some good and bad foods / treats:

 Bad:

  • Onion / Garlic
  • Chocolate
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Apple cores / seeds – The apple itself is ok
  • Avocado
  • Cooked Bones – Cooked bones are more likely to splinter when chewed which creates needle like bones, not nice!
  • Cat Food – Cats and dogs have different nutritional requirements, cat foods are generally higher in fats and protein’s and be harmful to dogs.

 Good treats:

  • Raw human grade meats
  • Pumpkin
  • Raw bones
  • Greek yoghurt
  • Teeth cleaning treats and chews
  • Carrots

 Cats:

 Cats tend to be super fussy eaters at the best of times and have enough trouble just eating their own delicious food anyway, let alone any additional treats, however curiosity killed the cat, so just have a look over what is beneficial and what to keep an eye on:

 Bad:

  • Citrus
  • Chocolate
  • Dairy products – That includes milk and cheeses
  • Potatoes / tomatoes
  • Tinned fish
  • Dog Food – Once again, cats and dogs require different nutrients, that is why it is called cat food, not pet food.

 Good:

  • Cooked veggies – some cats like a little roughage in their diet, and so long as they keep up their meat intake there is nothing bad about some veggies – they must be cooked though
  • Fish – in small quantities is ok for your feline as a treat
  • Some cheese – even though these are on the bad list, in small quantities for some cats it is ok as an occasional treat, cottage cheese or low lactose varieties of cheese are a good start
  • Cooked meats – as cats eat animals in their natural diet, this is probably the best and healthiest treat for them.

 Fish:

 Fish are pretty easy, we are less likely to want to feed our fish anything other than the food we already buy for it. We don’t tip our dinner scraps into the tank and they can’t pick up what we drop, but if we do feel like giving them a treat, then keep these in mind:

Bad:

  • Overfeeding – fish are smart and learn quickly who gives them food, just because they are all waiting at the glass for a feed, does not mean they are hungry.
  • Alcohol – This is a blanket ban on all pets, but fish especially can react negatively to alcohol as they breathe directly into their system
  • Bread – Bread is not a treat for fish and can cause severe bloating – just because they eat it, does not mean they should!
  • Right food for the right fish – Your fighter fish is not going to like or eat goldfish flakes, and some fish won’t come to the surface to eat a floating pellet, so make sure you have appropriate food for your fish

 Good:

  •  Live food – depending on what type of fish you have some will eat shrimp, goldfish or crickets, smaller fish love live blackworms
  • Frozen food – there are a range of frozen foods available that fish will love
  • Zucchini – catfish and similar species love zucchini!

 Birds:

 Birds are a little bit different to other pets, different species have widely varying diets and what is recommended for some birds is a huge no no for others! Birds can also be very picky so it is good to give them a variety of foods from a young age or they will be just like the three year old child who already knows they don’t like it whether they try it or not:

 Bad:

  • Chocolate
  • Avocado
  • Onion
  • Coffee
  • Sappy tree branches – frangipani, mango, olianda

 Good:

  • Cuttlefish for calcium
  • Sunlight for vitamin D
  • Fresh branches – birds love to tear apart fresh branches, it keeps them stimulated and provides protein and vitamins. Good branches are lilly pilly, gums, eucalyptus & wattle
  • Dinner leftovers – unless its on the bad list, this is fine and a great treat, even meat is ok, all birds need protein and meat is a great source!

 Small Animals:

 Mice and rats will chew their way through just about anything you put in front of them whether healthy or otherwise. They are incredibly curious pets and are very friendly. Their list of toxic foods is a little smaller than other pets due to their scavenger nature in the wild.

 Bad:

  • Blue cheese – very toxic to rats and mice
  • Licorice
  • Poppy seeds
  • Rhubarb leaves and stem

 Good:

 Guinea pigs

  • Fresh fruits, vegies and grass

 Rats & Mice

  • Frozen yoghurt – easy to make at home
  • Fresh fruits and vegies

 Reptiles:

 Reptiles on the whole don’t generally receive a treat like a cat or dog do so it is a little easier to avoid feeding your snake a steak, however there are still a few feeding tips:

 Bad:

 Snakes

  • Live foods – live animals can contain bacteria that frozen animals don’t, also, frozen food can’t fight back and hurt your snake

 Lizards

  • Lettuce – has no nutritional value for your pet
  • Fireflies – Have a defensive toxin that is harmful to your bearded dragon

 

 

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