The Balance Between Treats and Meals

When you give your dog treats, it’s just as important to look for natural ingredients as it is when you shop for your dog’s food. The Nutro Company believes that natural foods are safer, healthier and tastier, and this applies to biscuits and treats as well.

Finding the Right Balance

It can be tempting to offer your dog treats and biscuits for all sorts of good behaviors or even just as a special snack, but it’s important to balance your dog’s caloric intake to ensure the proper nutritional balance of fats, proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals. Most of these will come from your dog’s food, but giving an occasional treat will not be harmful to your dog — and can be beneficial in terms of bonding and your dog’s overall happiness.

A general guideline for ensuring your dog is not overdoing it on treats is to ensure that no more than 10 percent of your dog’s total caloric intake comes from treats. You can determine this by checking labels on treats and food. Read this guide to find out how many calories dogs of different sizes and activity levels require per day.

Healthy Treats to Try

Some treats provide health benefits in addition to being a tasty snack. Give one of these treats a try; your dog will enjoy the taste and you’ll know you’re providing a health benefit.

  • NUTRO® Skin & Coat Adult Biscuits Healthy Skin & Coat Recipe: These treats are formulated specifically to help your dog achieve a beautiful coat. They include natural sources of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids to nourish your dog’s skin and coat.
  • GREENIES® Canine Dental Chews: These treats clean dogs’ teeth by fighting the buildup of plaque and tartar. They also help maintain healthy gums and contain nutritious ingredients like vitamins, minerals and taurine.

Training Treats or Just-Because Treats

Sometimes you need a small treat to use for training purposes, and sometimes you just want to reward your dog with a goodie. NUTRO® Crunchy Treats contain no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives; they are the perfect choice for training or just because. Try them in apple, mixed berry, carrot, banana, peanut butter and pomegranate.

With NUTRO® Treats and Biscuits, you can feel good about providing a healthy, natural treat, and your dog can feel good about the enjoyable taste.

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