Treats?
Results 1 to 9 of 9

Thread: Treats?

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Posts
    1

    DefaultTreats?

    Hi everyone I'm new here. I just took my 5 year old Lab to the Vet, he says he's overweight.

    My questions is, can I feed him fruit or veggies like apples, grapes, carrots or califlour for treats?

    He loves them all. But dog treats are out of the question for a while.

    Any advice would be appreciated,
    Marti

  2. Remove Advertisements
    JustLabradors.com
    Advertisements
     

  3. #2
    LJ Guest

  4. #3
    3TailsWaggin's Avatar
    3TailsWaggin is offline Senior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Posts
    10,258

    DefaultRe: Treats?

    No to the grapes, they can be toxic to dogs.

    Best way for your dog to lose weight is to cut back on his food and exercise him more

  5. Remove Advertisements
    JustLabradors.com
    Advertisements
     

  6. #4
    3TailsWaggin's Avatar
    3TailsWaggin is offline Senior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Posts
    10,258

    DefaultRe: Treats?

    How much are you feeding him now? My dogs get one cup in the morning and one at night. I add a big handful of green beans to the food to help fill up their bellies without adding extra calories.

  7. #5
    kaytris is offline Senior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Posts
    5,788

    DefaultRe: Treats?

    If you're using treats for training, use his kibble instead. Apples make good treats as well (a dash of lemon juice stops browning)

  8. #6
    ILoveBuddy is offline Senior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    Phoenix, Arizona
    Posts
    617

    DefaultRe: Treats?

    Our vet recommended baby carrot sticks as a snack. But I kept finding them all over the yard uneaten :-\

  9. #7
    Trickster's Avatar
    Trickster is offline Senior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Posts
    7,913

    DefaultRe: Treats?

    Cut out all treats until he has lost weight. Feed less and exercise more. When he has lost the weight you can reintroduce the treats.

  10. #8
    Rushpuppy's Avatar
    Rushpuppy is offline Senior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    right here
    Posts
    12,420

    DefaultRe: Treats?

    First, I would cut back on the food if he is getting too much, a cup in the morning and evening should be sufficient. You might want to add a half of a can of green beans to one of his meals just as a filler so he doesn't feel cheated. Fresh fruits and veggies are acceptable but no grapes. Cut the pieces into smaller chunks so when you treat, you can give a few more but it actually is a smaller amount. Exercise is a must. I would turn up the exercise and if you are unable to take him out and play, walk with him. The weight will come off, and it's important to keep him fit so that lessens the chances of joint problems as he gets older. BTW, welcome to the forum. You will find everyone here will be glad to help you with suggestions and ideas. We have several seasoned breeders who really know their stuff and have a wealth of knowledge they love to share. Labby is one and she is amazing. So, again, welcome and don't be a stranger. PS We love pictures, so please post some of your boy.


  11. #9
    ThatsMyGirl Guest

    DefaultRe: Treats?

    You've gotten great advice. Just wanted to add: make sure you measure w/ an actual measuring cup and not a scoop. If you want to use his kibble as a treat, remove it from the next meal's amount.

    I'm not sure I agree w/ the blanket statement that 1 cup, 2x a day should be sufficient. It obviously depends on the food you feed (calories), and the amount of exercise your dog gets. Mine can't hold her weight on 2 cups of food a day.


Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
 

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25