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Snack Time - Count those Calories

Do you give your dog or cat some snacks? The chances are that you do! A recent study showed 86% of adult pet owners give their pets treats or snacks along with their normal meals - we do find it very hard to say 'no' when our furry friends look up at us with those appealing eyes.... 

 
 
 
 "It can't do any harm surely", is probably what you are thinking. The problem is that 'the odd treat' can amount to a lot of calories, leading to our pets gaining weight.
 
 
 
 

A table has been devised by Sue Veal RVN, published in the Veterinary Times, to help owners know which treats to give, and how often.

 
 
 
 
 
Some other things to bear in mind:
 
Dry food is full of calories, only a small handful can be surprisingly calorific. It's best to check the feed guide on the bag, and weigh out the daily allowance for your pet. Try to find a container (for example a small cup or mug) that - when full to the top - contains your pet's daily allowance (this saves you having to weigh out the food every day), then you will easily know how much to feed your pet. Calculate how many calories are in the snacks you give, and reduce the daily allowance of regular food accordingly. Avoid using a cup you 'half fill' - as it'll be too easy to overfill it.
 
Consider swapping to low calorie dried food - then you can give more dried food without giving so many calories.
 
 

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Time for a Treat?

Time for a Treat?

Do you give treats to your pet? 86% of use do - check our handy guide to see which treats to avoid, and which you can give with a clear conscience!