The Hidden Calories in Snacks

 

When feeding a well balanced diet pets don't need any extras.  

However, if you do feel the need to give pets a reward outside of mealtimes then it is best to take it from their daily food allowance.  alternatively pieces of carrot are a low fat option.

Do not feed table scraps to your dog or cat — especially when they are trying to lose weight.  What appears to be a small snack for us can be a whole meal for a cat or dog. Too many unhealthy snacks can add up fast.

Take a look at these unhealthy treats and what it would mean in human terms.

For a Dog

28g of cheese = 1.5 hamburgers

1 dental chew = 1 chocolate bar

 

For a Cat

28 g cheese = 2.5 hamburgers

1 cup whole milk = 3 hamburgers

 

NOTE: If your vet has suggested using cheese or another human snack to administer medicine, please be aware of the extra calories and account for it in your dog or cat's daily caloric intake. Always consult with your vet if you have any questions.