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 to 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.