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Those Sweet Pet Treats May Foster Fatness
Date:12/8/2010

only make up 10 percent of calories consumed by your pet.

As a general rule, Ward advised against giving any pet treat containing more than 15 calories unless it's a special occasion such as a birthday or Christmas.

Better yet, instead of giving your pet a sugary treat, spend some quality time together, he advised. Grab a leash and go for a walk with your dog; take out a toy and play with your cat.

"Replace confection with affection whenever possible," Ward said. "Both you and your pet will benefit from eating fewer snacks and more playtime."

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There's more on helping your pet stay healthy at the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

SOURCES: Ernie Ward, D.V.M., veterinarian, founder of Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, Calabash, N.C., and author, Chow Hounds: Why Our Dogs Are Getting Fatter; Jennifer Larsen, D.V.M, assistant professor of clinical nutrition, University of California, Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine


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