13 Low Calorie Treats for Your Dog – From Your Kitchen

Did you know a Pedigree Jumbone is 300 calories! Thats over ⅓ of a medium dogs daily calorie intake (roughly 670-970 calories are recommended for a dog weighing 45-65lb). Not to mention all the processed foods and lack of vitamins. So next time, why not turn to a healthy and low calorie alternative. It’ll mean your dog gets “more” for less calories and why dog doesn’t like something fresh from the kitchen.

Low Calorie Snacks

  1. Carrots | Vitamin A
  2. Sweet Potato | Vitamin B6, C and Manganese. They’re great for digestive health due to high in dietary fiber. They’re also low in fat.
  3. Zucchini | Vitamin A, B, C, Potassium and Manganese. They can be anti-inflammatory.
  4. Green Beans | Vitamin K, C, Manganese and Iron
  5. Celery | Vitamins A, C, K, Potassium and Manganese. Low in fat and cholesterol.
  6. Apples | Vitamins A, C and dietary fiber. They can also be good for your dogs teeth.
  7. Blueberries | full of the antioxidant Anthocyanin which neutralize free radicals that can damage cells and tissue. They also protect the brain from oxidative stress and may reduce the effects of age-related conditions.
  8. Peas | Vitamins A & K, Potassium, Magnesium, Iron and Phosphorus for bone and muscle health
  9. Strawberries | full of antioxidants, high fiber and Vitamin C – they also contain enzymes that can help whiten your dog’s teeth
  10. Watermelon | primarily water but packed with Vitamins A, B6, C and Potassium
  11. Squash | Vitamins A, C, E, B6, Magnesium and Potassium
  12. Bananas | Vitamins C, B6, Magnesium and Potassium. They are high in sugar, so it’s not a great idea to overfed
  13. Pumpkin | great source of fiber and often recommended if your dog is experiencing constipation or diarrhea.

The Benefits of Vitamins for Your Dog

  • Vitamin A | supports eye health
  • Vitamin B | can help dog cope with daily stresses and keep them young and in overall health
  • Vitamin B6 | supports a healthy nervous system
  • Vitamin C | supports a healthy immunity system
  • Vitamin E | for a healthy skin and coat
  • Vitamin K | boosts protein metabolism and helps bind calcium in bones
  • Magnesium | important for muscle health and necessary for your dogs heart, liver and digestive tract to function properly
  • Potassium | necessary for the proper functioning of enzymes, muscles and nerves
  • Iron | boosts immune system

 

About the author
Staci West is an obsessive compulsive traveller who is currently dealing with a chronic case of coffee addicition. Symptoms include blackouts from online shopping sessions, a ferocious passion for everything colourful and energy levels that exceed a normal human capacity. On the advice of her carer and companion, Kendall her yellow labrador, she created L&L, a down to Earth lifestyle blog, as a distraction for her pathological need for shoes.

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