There are commercial pet treats, but you can also use certain human foods. Fruits and vegetables are excellent, low calorie, options. It is important to avoid toxic ingredients for pets (such as onions, garlic, chocolate, macadamia nuts) including products containing xylitol, which is common in human products such as sugar free gum and some peanut butters but is toxic to pets.
If you, like many pet parents, like to treat your pet with human food to show your love, here are some healthy options to do that:
- Apple slices (core and seeds removed): ~5 cal / slice
- Blueberries: < 2 cal / berry
- Banana slices: ~15 cal / slice
- Cucumbers: < 2 cal / slice
- Broth popsicles/ice cubes (veggie, beef, chicken): < 10 / popsicle
- Green beans: < 2 cal / bean
- Baby carrots: 4 cal / carrot
- Broccoli florets: < 2 / floret
- Fresh, shelled peas: ~2 cal / pea
Image from Hill’s.