Calorie Charts of Everyday Foods & Dog Treats

Listed below are household food items commonly fed as dog treats. The first table lists low-calorie fruit and vegetable options that can be used as healthy alternatives to processed and calorie dense dog treats. These are fantastic for dogs who are watching their waistlines.

The second table contains household food items containing a higher calorie density (meats, dairy, processed foods). Some of these items are high in fat and if fed in excess can trigger tummy upset and pancreatitis.

To successfully manage your dog’s weight  you must be ‘treat wise’ and know the calorie content of all the tidbits and treats fed to your dog. All treats fed to your dog must be included in your dog’s daily calorie allowance. Unaccounted treats will soon lead to dog weight gain.

Recommended Low Calorie Household Treats

Low calorie Household 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
Pumpkin Cooked and cubed 45 kcal 13 kcal
Strawberries Fresh or frozen 32 kcal 9 kcal
Squash Cooked 16 kcal 4 kcal
Sweet potato Cooked 76 kcal 24 kcal
Watermelon Fresh –de-seeded 30 kcal 9 kcal
Zucchini/courgette Raw- sliced or cooked 17 kcal 5 kcal

 

Calorie contents of human foods fed to your dog can be searched for using the food search tool at
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Common Higher Calorie Household Treats

Calorie Dense Household Foods(Human Foods) Calories /100 grams Calories/ounce Typical Treat Portion Size
Bacon middle rashers (fat trimmed) 260 kcal 73kcal
Bacon rind & fat 898 kcal 254kcal
Beef- trimmed to 0% fat 223 kcal 63 kcal
Beef roast -1/8″ fat 331 kcal 94 kcal
Biscuits- plain e.g. arrowroot/tea biscuits 446 kcal 126 kcal 36 kcal/biscuit
Biscuits –Anzac & oatmeal cookies 485 kcal 137 kcal 63kcal/biscuit
Biscuits- cream 510kcal 144 kcal 65kcal/biscuit
Butter 717 kcal 203 kcal 35kcal/teaspoon
Cheddar Cheese 406 kcal 115 kcal
Chicken necks (skin off) 152 kcal 43 kcal
Chicken- rotisserie/BBQ 378 kcal 107 kcal
Corn Chips 523kcal 148 kcal 15kcal/corn chip
Cracker- plain Ritz 492 kcal 139 kcal 16 kcal/biscuit
Doughnut-sugared 426kcal 121 kcal 192kcal/medium donut
Egg 143 kcal 40 kcal 80 kcal/egg
Fat- beef/chicken 901 kcal 255 kcal
Ham 163 kcal 46 kcal
Ice cream 207kcal 59 kcal 24 kcal/tablespoon
Kangaroo Mince 103 kcal 29kcal
Oil- peanut, vegetable and olive 884 kcal 250 kcal 40kcal/teaspoon
Popcorn –unbuttered, unsalted, air popped 387 kcal 110kcal
Popcorn-unbuttered, unsalted, oil popped 500 kcal 142kcal
Peanut butter 615 kcal 174 kcal 94 kcal/tablespoon
Potato chips (crisps)- plain salted 532 kcal 151 kcal 11kcal/chip
Potato fries (hot chips) 152 kcal 43 kcal 6.5kcal/French fry
Rice cracker/cake 392 kcal 111 kcal 70kcal/rice cake
Sausage- beef 332 kcal 94 kcal
Sausage- pork 325 kcal 92 kcal
Toast/Bread 267 kcal 76 kcal 145 kcal/buttered slice
Tuna – tinned in brine (drained) 116 kcal 33kcal
Tuna- tinned in oil (drained) 198 kcal 56 kcal
Yoghurt- plain Greek 134 kcal 38 kcal 27 kcal/tablespoon

To get an extra handle on treats, let’s equate them in human terms…

20 lb/ 9kg Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Human equivalent intake: Woman (154 lb/70 kg)
1 ounce of cheddar cheese (28 grams) = One and a half chocolate bars
1 tablespoon of peanut butter = One slice of pizza
1 oatmeal biscuit = One hotdog
I slice buttered toast = 3 x bags of potato chips
1 slice Hawaiian pizza = 4 x hamburgers plus half a bag of potato chips
1 pigs ear chew = 4 ½ sugared donuts
1 x small/medium jumbone dog treat = 3 x hamburgers and half a chocolate bar

And let’s equate some weight gain in human terms…

  • A 12lb Shih Tzu gaining an additional 5lb is the equivalent of an extra 58 lb on a 140lb woman.
  • A 10 kilogram Cavalier King Charles Spaniel gaining an additional 2kg is the equivalent of a 70kg woman putting on an additional 14 kilograms.
  • An extra 15 kilograms on a 30 kilogram Labrador is the equivalent of a 70 kilogram lady carrying an additional 35 kilograms.