Hill's Pet Nutrition

March 11, 2010 03:00 ET

Dogs Need Healthy Snacks Too

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - March 11, 2010) -

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If you love your dog, you probably love to reward him or her with a snack. Recent surveys show that 76% of UK dog owners feed their pet snacks but 84% of dog owners want their pet's snack to be healthy. Pet owners may know that bad feeding habits could be the reason why up to half the pet population in the UK are overweight but sometimes find it hard to source the healthy alternatives they want. How do you choose a healthy snack for your dog?

Overfeeding of inappropriate high calorie foods and lack of exercise are the main reasons for obesity in dogs. Unfortunately, many table scraps and other snacks can be high in salt, sugar and fat. Many dog owners know that chocolate is poisonous to dogs but treats that you might think are healthy, such as grapes, are actually toxic to dogs too. Sneak your cocker spaniel a digestive biscuit and you have given him 12% of his daily calorie requirement.

Luckily, it's never been easier to feed your dog a healthy snack. Newly launched Hill's(TM) Science Plan(TM) SNACKS are healthy without compromising on taste. The packs also include guidelines to indicate the number of snacks that can be given per day without causing weight gain. Sounds simple but this kind of straight forward advice is something that will be of huge benefit to pet owners.

Hill's(TM) vet Adrian Pratt says if you choose the right food, allowing your dog to snack between meals doesn't have to be a guilty pleasure, "It's all a matter of choosing the right food: a nutritionally balanced low fat snack will not do any harm, as long as owners don't over-do it. Follow the on-pack guide and use snacks to reward your dog for good behaviour or hide them round the garden to seek out. That way your dog gets exercise too."

Choose Science Plan(TM) SNACKS to meet your dog's specific needs: Oral Care works like a toothbrush to help clean teeth, Light is ideal for the weight conscious, Healthy Mobility helps support healthy joints, and Skin and Coat helps support a shiny coat. There are even special packs for the puppy in your life.

You can buy Science Plan(TM) SNACKS from your veterinary practice or local pet shop. For more information visit www.hillspet.co.uk/snacks.

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