Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day

Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day

Did you know that there’s a special doggy holiday coming up? In fact, this one may just be Fido’s favorite day ever! February 23rd is Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day! Read on as a local Fox Chapel, PA vet discusses doggy treats.

The Benefits Of Treats

We know, treats are a great way to brighten up Fido’s day, and get his cute tail going. However, they are actually very beneficial for our canine buddies. Treats can strengthen the bond between you and your canine pal, by helping Fido feel loved and spoiled. They’re also a good way to give your pet a bit of variety.


We can’t really talk about doggy treats without delving into Fido’s penchant for begging. We have some pretty theatrical patients! However, don’t let your pet’s adorable sad-puppy-dog stare convince you to overindulge him. If you give in every time your pooch tilts his head, you may very well end up spoiling your dog. Too many treats can also make your pup obese, which would be very bad for his health! Plus, begging is really bad petiquette.

Training Tips

Treats make great training aids! Dogs don’t really care too much about getting gold stickers on their report cards, so it’s important to reward Fido with something tangible when he behaves properly. When training your four-legged buddy, use small snacks, such as cut-up pieces of hot dog, or bits of kibble. That way you don’t end up overfeeding your adorable student!

Buying Snacks

When buying snacks for your furry friend, read the label, and choose products that list only things you can actually identify. It’s also a good idea to keep an eye out for recalls. You can check them online at the FDA website here.

Homemade Goodies

If you enjoy cooking, you may want to consider making your canine pal’s snacks. You can find lots of great recipes online! Be sure to stick to dog-safe ingredients, such as cooked, plain, boneless meat, chicken, or fish; cheese; eggs; bacon grease; sodium-free broth; and peanut butter. Never give Fido anything that contains garlic, onions, or chives; nuts; chocolate; caffeine; pitted fruit, especially avocado; grapes, currants, or raisins; alcohol; or xylitol. Ask your vet for more information.

Is your canine friend due for an exam, vaccinations, or parasite control? Contact us here at River Valley Veterinary Hospital, serving the Fox Chapel, PA area, anytime!

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