Owners giving pets too many treats, causing obesity

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Jake has one thing on his mind. Good behavior is rewarded with a treat or in Jake's case several treats. No harm right? Not necessarily.

Too many treats and rounded scoops of food are packing pounds on our pooches.

Jake's problem started six years ago when he was a pup.

"Instead of one cup in the morning and one cup at night, it was two cups in the morning and two cups at night," said Jeff Neely, pet owner.

Neely was following the feeding recommendations on the dog food bag, but Jake was getting more food than he needed.

According to the Association for Pet Obesity, Veterinary Clinics surveyed in 36 states reported more than half of the dogs and cats evaluated were overweight or obese.

That causes diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, and certain cancers.

Here is a brief list of healthy treats that have been found to go over well with a lot of pets, followed by a list of foods you will need to avoid.


• Apples - without seeds or core (apple seeds contain chemical compounds that are poisonous to animals)

• Blueberries

• Strawberries

• Watermelon - without seeds

• Frozen bananas

• Green beans

• Carrots - raw or cooked

• Sweet potato – cooked, cubed or mashed without butter or seasoning; regular potatoes are also good, but in limited amounts since they are high in sugar and can increase weight

• Squash, zucchini

• Lettuce

• Spinach

• Popcorn - unsalted and unbuttered

• Catnip or cat grass


• Grapes and raisins - contain chemical compounds that are toxic to dogs

• Garlic and onions – both have chemical properties that can be toxic, and even life threatening to dogs and cats

• Tomatoes

• Avocado

• Mushrooms – particularly wild mushrooms

• Fruits with pits, such as peaches, cherries, and plums – in some cases the pit can be toxic, or can simply present a choking hazard

• Nuts – particularly macadamia nuts, which are toxic to pets

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