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The Not-So-Sweet Side of Sugar

1 Comment 05 January 2011

The Not-So-Sweet Side of Sugar

Tis the season for articles containing food and weight loss tips- and they’re not just for humans. I’ve seen several stories talking about the growing problem of obesity in dogs and cats. And what is one of the main culprits for the extra pounds? Treats that contain added sugar.

Many dogs, like humans, have a sweet tooth and will happily eat as many sugary treats as you’ll let them. This increase in calories can result in a couple extra pounds a year- and for a pet that can make a big difference (who am I trying to kid- it makes a big difference for me too!)

None of our Castor & Pollux cookies and treats (ORGANIX for dogs and cats, Natural Ultramix for dogs and GOOD BUDDY for dogs) contain any added sugar, so that makes them a great option for pet parents wanting to watch their furry friend’s sugar intake. As with all treats, it’s important to give them out in moderation, and monitor your pet’s weight to avoid piling on unwanted pounds.

And of course, make sure your pets get an appropriate amount of exercise for their age and breed. If you’re making a fitness-related New Year’s Resolution for yourself, think about including your pet too. I don’t know about you, but walking with my pup Riley is one of my absolute favorite things to do. Knowing that our walks help keep him healthy and happy just makes it that much better.


- who has written 28 posts on Castor & Pollux Pet Works Blog.

Kate lives in Portland, OR and is an employee of Castor & Pollux Natural Petworks. She grew up surrounded by pets of all kinds, and currently has two rescue dogs- Riley and Sigh.

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  1. noel cathey says:

    so tru so tru.. i have a swwweeetie male cocker.. came to me at 54 lbs… he is now down to 41.. and can wag his tale, and has begun to notice the girls i foster…. such a difference in his personality after the weight loss… from a slug to a fun rolling doggie… who now greets me at the door, with the other 6— no sugar for them.. just carrots, apples and cheese… hey .. is pineapple ok for dogs?

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