The Best Healthy Dog Treats - Our Top 20 Low Calorie Dog Treats
Does your dog enjoy a treat or two? And is the thought of restricting dog treats putting you and your furry friend in a quandary? Well it’s great to know there are plenty of healthy dog treats available, including lots of nutrition-packed fruits and vegetables for dogs. Allowing your dog to enjoy treats whilst losing weight!
Most households have plenty of low calorie dog treats and healthy dog treats on hand. Once you know where to look!
It’s just a matter of recognizing which healthy food items you have available. And then remembering to use these over other higher calorie tidbits.
The table below lists popular household food items used as low calorie dog treats. These healthy dog treats all come in at a fraction of the calorie count and cost of commercial diet dog treats!
Not only are these dog treats low in calories; they are free of coloring, additives and preservatives.
So get your dog started with some taste testing this weekend. Discover your dog’s favorite healthy dog treat and stock up during your next grocery trip!
Dog Diet Tip: The majority of fruits for dogs and vegetables for dogs make for nutrition packed snacks. However not all are healthy for dogs. Avoid feeding avocado, grapes, sultanas, nuts, raw potato and the stones from stone fruit.
Healthy Dog Treats /Diet Dog Treats- Our Top Picks
|Healthy Dog Treats and Low Calorie Dog Treats||Serving suggestion||Calories/100 grams||Calories per ounce|
|Apple||Raw, sliced, cored||52 kcal||15 kcal|
|Banana||Fresh or frozen, peeled||89 kcal||25 kcal|
|Beans (green)||Raw or cooked||31 kcal||9 kcal|
|Blueberries||Fresh or frozen||57 kcal||16 kcal|
|Carrots||Raw, sliced and topped||41 kcal||12 kcal|
|Celery||Raw- de-topped||16 kcal||4 kcal|
|Peas||Fresh or frozen||42 kcal||23 kcal|
|Popcorn- air cooked||A couple of pieces||387 kcal||110 kcal|
|Pumpkin||Cooked and cubed||45 kcal||13 kcal|
|Rice cakes- plain||Half or quarter piece||392 kcal||111 kcal|
|Squash||Cooked||16 kcal||4 kcal|
|Strawberries||Fresh or frozen||32 kcal||9 kcal|
|Sweet potato||Cooked and cubed||76 kcal||24 kcal|
|Tuna- tinned in water||Drained 1 tsp or tbsp.||116 kcal||33 kcal|
|Watermelon||Fresh –de-seeded||30 kcal||9 kcal|
|Zucchini/courgette||Raw- sliced or cooked||17 kcal||5 kcal|
Low Calorie Dog Treat Tip:
Crunchy treats such as apple slices, green beans and carrot sticks are favorite with most dogs. With the added bonus of being a handy snack for ourselves!
Give fatty and sugary treats the flick. Instead prepare a bowl of low-calorie snacks and healthy dog treats to share with your furred friend!
NB. The term 'calories' and 'kilocalories' are interchangeable. The term 'calorie' used for human food is an abbreviation for 'Kilocalories'(kcal). So kcal in pet food is the same unit of measure as calories in our own food!
Thus when comparing human and dog food calories, a 1 kcal listing on dog food is the same as 1 calorie listing for human food.
For example a large apple contains 120 calories. So a full apple, fed as a healthy dog treat, accounts for 120 kcals out of your dog’s daily calorie allowance.
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