Holiday Food Calories and the Price Your Dog Will Pay
Yes, it is holiday season. In the U.S., we are celebrating our Thanksgiving holiday and will soon follow this up with Christmas/Hanukkah, and New Years feasts (Hanukkah overlaps with Thanksgiving this year). Most of us will tend to overindulge and likely will pack on a few pounds if we aren’t careful. The same can be true for our dogs!
Who doesn’t want to share some of the wonderful Thanksgiving (holiday) food with our dogs? Turkey, squash, mashed potatoes are all yummy treats that our dogs just love. So go ahead and give your dog some holiday samplings. Just don’t overdo it and strive to make up the extra calories by cutting back on their regular food and treats and/or adding a little more exercise to burn some extra calories.
The Exercise Price for Holiday Treats
We compiled a small sampling of popular holiday foods along with their calorie amounts. We then calculated how long an average 50 lb dog would need to walk or run to burn off that extra food. The results are shown below.
With the exception of the pilsner beer ;-), the food calorie data are for a single ounce. For frame of reference, a one-half cup serving is 4 ounces (or 4 times the calories that are displayed). So if you decide to give your dog a ½ cup of mashed potatoes (which we don’t recommend), then you would have to do 4 times the number of minutes of exercise as shown in the table. It can quickly add up to be a lot of extra exercise! We estimate the calorie burn using a walking speed of 2.5 miles per hour and a running speed of 7 miles per hour.
Happy Thanksgiving from the folks and dogs at Slimdoggy.com