Caloric Intake of People Food for Dogs

by Karen Luther on March 9, 2011

I recently visited my dogs’ veterinarian and discussed overall dog health and nutrition.  We chatted for a bit, but what really shocked me was a chart that showed exactly how many calories human food is equivalent for a dog.  This was a true eye opener.

Information provided by Hill’s Pet Nutrition, all calories calculated for a 5’4” person.

Do you know that for a 20 pound dog,

1 small oatmeal cookie …..

… the caloric equivalent of

1 hamburger or 1 chocolate bar  for a person?


If a 10 pound cat

ate just 1 ounce of cheddar cheese…..

… would be the same as

if a person ate 3 1/2 hamburgers or 4 whole chocolate bars


For a 20 pound dog

eating just 1 hotdog…..

… the same as a person

consuming 3 entire hamburgers

or 2 whole chocolate bars.


Just 1 potato chip

for a 10 pound cat…..

… the caloric equivalent

of 1/2 of a hamburger or 1/2 a chocolate bar

for a person.


Do you know that for a 10 pound cat

1 cup of milk…..


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Alex Blomeley November 8, 2011 at 4:28 pm


Can you please give me some more details on where you got the informaton of the caloric in take of human food to dogs. I’ve seen a book but am unable to locate it and thought you might be able to help.

Kind regards

admin March 19, 2012 at 8:42 pm

It was taken from Hill’s Pet Nutrition. I will try to find the original source for you.

Karyl January 5, 2013 at 3:36 pm

My husband consistently gives the dogs an Alpo baked biscuit, ( a male Tibetain Terrier and a female Lhasa..spayed) I have asked him not to do this but it goes in one ear and out the other. It doesn’t matter what they have done ( come in from the walk, come in from the dog yard, on car trips) I give them two biscuits at night around 11 or 12 which I have found keeps the morning barfs at bay. That is it!! How calorie dense are these treats??

Rebecca Kafka July 22, 2013 at 5:50 pm

The informaton of the caloric in take of human food to dogs is very valuable. I’ve seen a small booklet with this information but am unable to locate it and thought you might be able to help. I would love to know where I can purchase this char, to share with other pet lovers…

Thank you

Lily Leavitt October 25, 2014 at 11:37 pm

Wow I had no clue it is really helpful I give my dog a lot of human food not knowing that

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