Pet Parents love to give their pets treats as a reward for a job well-done, whether for sitting on command, pottying outside, or just looking cute. But a new trend in pet treat manufacturing has veterinarians concerned: Sugar is becoming a more prominent ingredient in today’s pet treats.
This pattern of added sugar leads to increased sales in the pet food industry—nearly $2 billion in the United States in 2010. But it may also be leading to an increase in pet obesity. APOP estimates that 45 percent of the nation’s dogs and 58 percent of cats are overweight.
So how can pet parents avoid the "kibble crack” addiction? If we skip the treats which list sugar, dextrose, or corn syrup in the first few ingredients, manufactures will have to change their focus back to healthy treats.
Download a helpful calorie per treat index here.