Albert North Veterinary Clinic

216 McIntyre Street
Regina, SK S4R 2L8

(306)545-7211

www.albertnorthvetclinic.ca

Obesity is a common problem not only in people, but in our pets as well.  One reason for this is not realizing how many additonal calories we give our furry friends in a day on top of their regular dietary meals.  Treats should only make up 10% of your dog's total daily calorie intake.   How many calories a day should your dog have?

On average (keeping in mind every pet is different and this is based on a good healthy weight) a 30 pound dog should be eating 540 calories per day.  A dog of the same weight that is very active should be eating approximately 640 calories per day.  A 15 pound dog should be eating 337 calories per day.  (These values are also based on diets that have had feeding trials and are bioreadily available for your dog, meaning your dog processes and uses more than they expel).

Based on the calories above the first dog should be eating only about 54 calories in treats in a day, which should be deducted from the calories he takes in at his meals, so a 30 pound dog getting 54 calories in treats should be eating 486 calories in dog food in one day.

Looking at the calorie contents of the commonly given treats below, you can see how easy it is to overfeed our dogs and inadvertantly cause them to be overweight.  Think about this: if you give your dog say 3 medium milkbones a day (so 120 calories) plus feed him his regular cup or so of food a day of 540 calories, in a week your dog has eaten 840 calories more than he should have!  Now multiply that by 4 for the month, and so on, and so on.   Now what if you give the 3 milkbones a day, plus one of those BusyBones a week....  See how easily it can add up!  Yikes.

Need help determing if your dog is at a healthy weight?  Ensuring that they are eating only the amount of calories a day they need? Need help getting the excess weight off?  Give us a call (306)545-7211.  We are here to help ensure your dog is happy, healthy and with you for a very long time. 

Treat Calories* Treat Calories*
Alpo Variety Snaps 13 McDonald's Cheeseburger 300
Apple (medium) 80 McDonald's Hamburger 250
Beggin' Strip (all flavours) 30 McDonald's McNuggets (4 piece) 210
Beneful Snackin' Slices 23 McDonald's Small French Fries 220
Bologna (1 slice) 87 Medi-Chews (large) 70
Busybone Chew (large) 655 Medi-Chews (sm/med) 42
Busybone Chew (sm/med) 335 Medi-Treats  14
Busybone Chew (mini) 159 Milkbone (mini) 5
Busybone Dental Bone (large) 445 Milkbone (small) 20
Busybone Dental Bone (sm/med) 277 Milkbone (medium) 40
Carrot (medium) 21 Milkbone (large) 125
CET Chew (large) 64 Milkbone (XLg) 220
CET Chew (medium) 32 Peanut Butter (1 tbsp) 81
CET Chew (petite) 20 Proplan Dog Snacks 35
CET Chew (xlarge) 124 Proplan Dog Snacks (small breed) 18
Cucumbers (1/4 cup) 5 Pumpkin, canned (1/4 cup)  20
Dentabone (medium) 188 Pup-peroni stick 24
Green Beans (1/4 cup) 9 Purina One Beef Jerky Strips info to come
Greenies Dental Chews (teenie) 25 Rollover (beef) info to come
Greenies Dental Chews (petite) 54 Rollover (chicken) info to come
Greenies Dental Chews (regular) 90 Rollover (salmon) info to come
Greenies Dental Chews (large) 144 Rollover (turkey) info to come
Greenies Dental Chews (jumbo) 270 T-bonz (porterhouse) 42
Greenies Dental Chew Lite (teenie) 23 T-bonz (filet mignon, mini) 18
Greenies Dental Chew Lite (petite) 51 Timbit 70
Greenies Dental Chew Lite (regular) 83 Tuna, canned in water (1 oz)  36
Greenies Dental Chew Lite (large) 133 Veggiedents (regular) 119
Hill's Hypo Treats 17 Veggiedents (small) 85
Hill's t/d 16 Zucchini (1/4 cup) 5
Hill's t/d small bites 8 Zukes mini bakes (all flavours) 5
Lite Snackers, PVD brand 27 Zukes mini naturals (all flavours) 2

*per treat unless otherwise noted 

 

Is there a treat not listed that you are wondering about? 

Send us an email to anvcmarketing@myaccess.ca and we will do our best to get the information for you.