As the holidays near, more and more treats are snapped up for canines across town, given as gifts to help bring on the wagging tails and spread the seasonal love.
However, there are some dangers to look out for when treating a dog or cat, especially since they love them just as much as owners enjoy giving them out.
“We are busy around the holidays,” said Scraps Dog Bakery owner Krissy Taylor. Customers usually go for the bags of cupcakes and goodies, but canines actually prefer the more bland and plain treats available, she said. “We would taste it and it would be very bland,” she added.
The “drooler,” a plain-looking treat, is the most popular among the canines, she said.
Taylor said pet owners should closely look out for treats with any wheat, corn or soy byproducts, as they can be harmful to pets.
Other dangers, according to the Baring Boulevard Animal Hospital website, can include chocolate, which contains theobromine and caffeine — both of which are toxic to animals. Signs can include excitement/hyperactivity, vomiting, diarrhea, tremors, seizures and increased heart rate. Limiting exposure to chocolate and chocolate-containing foods is the best way to prevent accidental ingestion.
Sugar-free gums and candies might be sweetened with xylitol, which can be very dangerous to your pets, also according to the Baring veterinarians. Xylitol can cause life-threatening low blood sugar and severe liver damage.
But a healthy treat once in a while won’t spoil your best friend, Taylor said. One new product in the pet world is raw, freeze-dried food products.
“It should be a treat, just like us,” Taylor said. “They know how to work you, to get a treat. Just don’t over indulge them.”
Scraps Dog Bakery will move this weekend to its new location at 2855 N. McCarran Blvd., Suite 103, in Sparks. The shop expects be open on Saturday.