Safety Practices when feeding pets treats?
Why should I supervise my pet eating treats?
Just like us, every time something goes in the mouth it can become a choking hazard. Each pet is different and eats differently. Some are very dainty eaters, some are chewers and some are inhalers. It is important to always be there to supervise while they eat to make sure your pet chews their food and doesn't choke.
When the Pizzel chew gets small should I take it off my dog?
You know your dog best. You know how they chew or not. Fernies Treat Shack recommends that when your dog is getting near the end of their Bull-It (pizzel) chew you take it off them and discard it. Depending on the size and personality of your dog a small piece left could become a choking hazard.
My pet inhales treats. What can I do?
There are several things you can try.
1) You can hold on to the treats and teach your dog to chew them instead of swallowing them whole.
2) You could break them up smaller so they cannot become a choking hazard.
3) You can keep to soft treats only.
4) You can use really large treats like weight bearing bones they cannot break pieces off or swallow whole.
5) You can abstain from giving them any treats at all.
How long can I leave a bone out for my dog?
First and foremost ALL bones must be Raw. NEVER NEVER give a dog a cooked bone, they are dry and brittle and can splinted. Splinters can get stuck and cause perforations and serious life threatening infections in gums, between teeth, in the throat, stomach, intestines or bowels. Really hard, dry, weight bearing bones can also break teeth.
It is recommended that roughly 1 - 2 a week is all they need. As bones sit out they dry out, then the health issues above can occur.
Inside, over the Summer you have your air conditioner going and that is very drying, in the Winter you have your heating on, that is very drying.
Outside, the Summer sun is very drying and the cold of the Winter is very drying.
There is no safe place so pick them up and discard them every 3 - 4 days, no exceptions.