For the 90.5 million American households that have a pet [APPA, 2021], National Treat Your Pet Day encourages pet parents to treat their four-legged companions with delicious, nourishing snacks, extra love, and attention. Pet parents can join in the festivities by following along with the Dr. Marty Pets social channels, @DrMartyPets, using the hashtag #TreatYourPetDay and head to DrMartyPets.com for special articles to care for your pets and some surprises along the way. DrMartyPets.com will also have a special discount to celebrate the holiday – just use the code “TREAT30” at checkout to receive 30% off products sitewide. Limit 1 use per customer. Valid 10/29/2021 – 11/1/2021.
“With the abundance of chocolate, candies, and pumpkin-spiced goodies for humans this time of year, it’s extra important that we provide non-toxic, healthy treats for our pets,” said integrative veterinarian, author, and founder of Dr. Marty Pets, Dr. Marty Goldstein, DVM. “National Treat Your Pet Day is a great reminder for pet parents to prioritize their pets’ health during the holiday season, allowing the whole family to celebrate together safely,” he added.
How to Keep Your Pet Safe and “Treat” Them Well
In the spirit of National Treat Your Pet Day, Dr. Marty has shared guidelines on how to help keep your pet safe this Halloween, and the healthiest ways to treat your pet.
- Avoid commonly toxic foods. Securely store all candy and be careful with table scraps. Most pet parents are aware of the importance of keeping highly-toxic chocolate and candies containing xylitol away from pets. Not only are these treats intended for humans only, but depending on how much is ingested, they can severely disrupt your pet’s digestive system and cause dangerous side effects.
- Don’t overindulge. Many dog and cat treats on the market tend to have higher fat content than their regular food, which is what makes them extra delicious and desirable for our pets. In turn, this means it’s a lot easier to overindulge when giving our pets treats. Treats should make up no more than 10% of your pet’s daily diet, which can vary greatly based on their age, breed and activity level.
- Choose premium ingredients. The nutritional benefits and ingredients in your pets’ treats can make a big difference in how well your pet enjoys and digests a treat. Using highly palatable, high value treats like Dr. Marty Pets Joey’s Favorites can be far more beneficial than …….