Calorie Chart Overview
This handout with inform you about the calorie content of common "people" foods and how they can impact a pet's daily caloric intake and potentially increase the chances that your dog or cat could become obese.
Download our Calorie Chart
to learn how to determine if your pet is having an adverse reaction to certain ingredients in the pet food(s) he or she normally eats.
Human Food Calorie Chart Handout Summary
When it comes to pet nutrition, one of the most common questions we get is "what people foods can I give my dog or cat?” Some pet owners raise questions about homemade diets, hoping to provide more natural, less processed food options for their four-legged loved ones.
Why People Food Treats
While it’s perfectly reasonable to want to give your pets what they often adorably beg for, it’s important to remember that high-quality pet foods and treats are scientifically the best way to provide a well-balanced, nutrient-rich diet. As you can see below and in the handout itself, “people food” can easily increase pet’s daily calorie count leaving little room for the right kinds of nutrients your pet actually needs.
Human Treats and their Caloric Impact on Pets
The following treat temptations can have a big impact on your pet’s daily caloric intake. Let’s at how some commonly-begged-for human foods can easily add up to big calorie counts for dogs and cats.
1 Slice of Deli Meat Ham = 46 calories
6% of a 30-lb dog’s daily calorie intake
20% of a 10-lb cat’s daily calorie intake
1 oz of cheese = 114 calories
15% of a 30-lb dog’s daily calorie intake
50% of a 10-lb cat’s daily calorie intake
1 Beef Hotdog = 147 calories
19% of a 30-lb dog’s daily calorie intake
65% of a 10-lb cat’s daily calorie intake
Other human foods like peanut butter, popcorn, marshmallows, beef jerky and potato chips can significantly boost calories and can cause a nutritional imbalance in your pet’s diet. Download our Human Food Calorie Chart to learn about the caloric impact of these foods and keep it on hand as a reminder the next time your dog or cat paws at you for people food.
Never hesitate to visit your local Banfield veterinarian to discuss your pet’s unique dietary needs. You can also find more important information in the resources below and by visiting our Nutrition section on Banfield.com.