With so many pet treats on the market, it’s hard to know how to pick the perfect one for your furry family member. No need to be overwhelmed! Our handy guide will help you select what’s best for your pet.

  • Treats and snacks should only make up 10% of a dog’s daily calories. To get an idea of how many treats that is, ask your vet, who can make a recommendation based on the treats your dog likes, their weight, and how active they are.1
  • Tasty, aromatic treats work great for training dogs, since they offer an enticing reward for good behavior. Human food like string cheese or bits of sausage work great.
  • Some treats are good for your dog’s teeth or provide important nutritional supplements.
  • Many dogs love veggies like baby carrots, green beans, and broccoli as well as fruit like banana slices, berries, watermelon, and seeded apples. Be sure to avoid grapes, raisins, onions, and chocolate, which can be toxic to dogs.
  • Pick treats that are easy on your furry friend’s teeth. Skip anything hard like bones, antlers, or hooves.
  • Homemade treats are great to save on costs, control ingredients and portion size, and avoid anything your dog might be allergic to. Just keep them in the freezer and take out what you need for the day. Head online for lots of great recipes!
  • Experts usually recommend that cat treats make up no more than 10% of the total calories a cat eats.2
  • Healthy cat treats are a great way to reward good behavior, train your cat, and show your love.
  • You can also select treats to help with bad breath or plaque, urinary-tract infections, or hairballs.
  • Unlike dogs, cats aren’t crazy about fruits and veggies. Instead, try feline favorites like cheese, egg, and oatmeal as well as cooked chicken, tuna, and salmon. Steer clear of human foods like chives, onions, garlic, leeks, grapes, raisins, chocolate, alcohol, and coffee.
  • Bake up some catnip snacks for special occasions. Although the herb is known to excite cats when sniffed, it can actually calm your furry friend when eaten.