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Smart Treats Can Help Your Dog Stay Healthy Over the Holidays

November 19, 2010

Cardinal Pet Care’s Pet Botanics Omega Treats are Loaded with Omega 3 & 6 and Have Only 9 Calories Per Piece


AZUSA, Calif. The holiday season is approaching, and with it comes a lot of overindulging.  Many people will put on a few pounds in the six weeks or so between Thanksgiving and Christmas, and while it is annoying, for most of us the extra weight generally won’t do much harm, except make the jeans you got for Christmas a little snug.  For your dog, however, a few pounds can have serious consequences.

The traditional Thanksgiving feast is generally considered the kickoff to a season of overeating that includes many high-calorie and high-fat dishes and doesn’t abate until after New Year’s Day.  And that feast can be a doozy, often coming in at approximately 4, 500 calories, with all the trimmings and dessert.  So you can see how sneaking in just an extra morsel or two from holiday dinners can cause not only you to gain weight, but your dog, as well.

Helping you dog avoid packing on the holiday pounds is as simple as giving him “sushi.” Pet Botanics Omega Treats from Cardinal Pet Care are a five-layered sushi-like dog treat made from the finest human-grade ingredients, such as meat, poultry, fish and sweet potato.  But the wholesome goodness doesn’t stop there – Omega Treats are loaded with Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids and vitamin E that contribute to healthy cardiovascular and immune systems, as well as a glossy coat.  At just nine calories per treat, Omega Treats are a smart way to give your dog a truly guilt-free snack in flavors and aromas that dogs love!  Plus, Omega Treats come in a resealable foil pouch that makes them great stuffers for your dog’s stocking!

Following are some tips from Cardinal Pet Care that will help to keep your dog happy and healthy during the holidays:

  • If you must give your dog human foods, vegetables should be at the top of your list.  Some of the tastiest and healthiest treats you can give your dog (and yourself, for that matter!) are foods like carrots, broccoli, celery and asparagus.  Plus, your dog will love the crunchiness of these low-cal treats!  Just make sure you skip the ranch dip!
  • Some human foods, like chocolate, onions, grapes, raisins and macadamia nuts, can be poisonous to pets, even in small amounts, so make sure they are out of your pet’s reach.  Also inform your guests of the dangers of giving these foods to your pets.  If you think your pet may have ingested any of these items, call your vet or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at 888-426-4435 immediately.
  • Let your dog eat with the family!  No, don’t set a place for him at the table and give him turkey with all the trimmings, but if you serve him his holiday dinner of nutritious, quality dog food at the same time you sit down to eat, he will be less likely to beg at the table.  He will be too busy eating his own holiday feast to bother with yours!
  • When you give your dog treats, make sure they are healthy treats made especially for dogs, like Pet Botanics Omega Treats.  These and other training/reward morsel-type treats make excellent guilt-free goodies because they’re typically bite-sized and generally very low in calories.
  • Take some time out of each day to get a little exercise.  It’s easy to forget to take the dog for a walk or play with him during the holidays, because there is so much to do.  But a little physical activity will benefit both you and your dog.

Based in Azusa, California, Cardinal Pet Care’s manufacturing (Cardinal Laboratories) and distribution center is a 100% solar-powered facility.  The 60-year-old pet product company is a pioneer in green technology, being the first privately held company to do so in the pet industry – and in its city – to manufacture products using solar energy exclusively.  Its products, which include Pet Botanics Omega Treats for Dogs and Viva La Dog Spa pet shampoos and conditioners, are sold at pet retailers nationwide.  For more information, contact Cardinal Pet Care at 800-433-7387 or visit

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One Comment
  1. November 19, 2010 3:52 pm

    I’m going to have to see if these are available in my area. We’re clicker training the guys and some days they get a lot of treats so the low cal treat sounds great. Also, I had never heard onions could be poisonous to dogs.

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