Pet Treats: Friend or Foe?

Pet treats are a major contributor to weight gain in pets. Those tiny pet treats are often hiding a significant amount of calories that add up quickly. For example, 1-Large Milk Bone treat has 115 calories! Most pet owners give their pets up to three treats a day, that adds up to an extra 345 calories a day for your dog or cat!

The daily caloric needs for average indoor pets are:


  • 10 lbs. 180┬áto 200 calories*


  • 10 lbs. – 200 to 275 calories*
  • 20 lbs. – 325 to 400 calories*
  • 50 lbs. – 700 to 900 calories*

Instead of offering pet treats, try these alternatives:

Single-ingredient rewards or fresh vegetables such as baby carrots, string beans, broccoli or other crunchy vegetables. They are low in calories, high in fiber, and add as a double bonus for cleaning teeth! Crunchy veggies help scrape tarter while your pets chew them.

*The caloric needs of a particular pet may differ depending on lifestyle, genetics, activity level and medical conditions. Ask one of our doctors at Aspen Grove Veterinary Clinic before changing your pet’s diet.

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