To treat or not to treat…….

westie-holding-chewAll of us like to treat our furry friends with little snacks now and then.  However, very often we aren’t really sure what these snacks can do in terms of their effects on weight and wellness.

Research shows that 86% of pet owners over the age of 18 give their pets an extra snack and  treats in addition to their regular meals.

Furthermore, 1 in 10 of us find it harder to say ‘no’ to their pets than their children.    The top snacks we give our pets are as follows:

  • Chicken scraps (59%)
  • Ham (27%)
  • Beef 25%)
  • Cheese (21%)
  • Sausage (20%)

siamese-cat-waiting-for-treatHelp is now at hand.  A calculator tool is available which measures the calorie content of these snacks and compares the intake to the human equivalent of burgers consumed.

Many of us give our pets what we consider to be a low fat treat such as carrots for dogs or tuna for cats.  As it is only a small amount, it could be perceived as not significantly affecting your pet’s health.  However even these contain a lot of calories for animals who will not necessarily be able to burn them off.   For instance if you feed your cat 100g of tuna per week as a treat – this is the equivalent of a Bic Mac to a human.


If you think your pet may be overweight check this easy calorie counter table you can also follow this link to read about our Weight and Wellness Clinics.  Or why not give us a call.  We are always here for you, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.


Written by Paula Grant – Communications Manager