We are always extremely cautious about the food we consume and the nutrients we take to function properly and healthily. Food is extremely important for our physical and mental health, it is the fuel we live by. Some food choices are smart, like a bowl of fruit salad, filled with vitamin-rich fruits that help you remain satiated for quite some time. Other choices, however, are not so smart, like a bar of chocolate that probably has twice as many calories and leaves you hungry again in no time.
It seems that we spend a significant amount of time and effort choosing our foods while overlooking the food our pets consume.
As you would with any weight-loss program, your dog needs to be supervised.The amount of calories that your dog needs depends on the individual pet, its age, breed, growth rate, activity level, and the size of the dog. Calories, or Kilo calories as they are known in veterinary medicine, can vary up to 20% depending on major factors uniquely differing from one dog to another, like the metabolic rate.
Regardless of the imprecision, one still can try to estimate the information they have, work with the results they have and keep an eye on the dog's body condition, response to given food amount, energy and overall wellness and health to determine whether the formulated diet plan is effective or whether it needs improvising and where. You'll have to carefully watch the dog's body condition and start adjusting the diet plan accordingly.
It is recommended to let your vet decide what to feed your dog and consult them about the dietary plan you're willing to set for your beloved furry companion. If you need to make any changes, don't act on your own without asking for a professional opinion, especially if your dog has suffered or has suffered in the past from health issues, and especially if they require special medical attention or a specialized diet.
In this article we'll teach you how veterinarians calculate the maintenance energy requirements for dogs.
The calculation is a simple one, all you have to do is just gather up all your dog's info, make sure they are correct and up-to-date, and voila.
Commonly Used Multipliers:
- Typical intact pet 1.8
- Weight gain 1.7
- Moderate work 3
- Growth (less than 4 months old) 3
Growth (more than 4 months old) 2
- Typical neutered pet 1.6
- Weight loss 1
- Light work 2
- Heavy work 6
The following is an example of a calculation done for a dog weighing around 45 pounds (20,41 kg):
45 lbs / 2.2 = 20.5 kg
70 x 20.5^0.75 = 674 kcal/day
1.6 x 672 = 1075 kcal/day
Sorry, this calculation is not a "one-size fits all." As expressed earlier, minor details will likely influence the calculation and tip the scale. Usually the amount of calories required vary between 860 and 1290 a day.
If you're looking for a formula for calculating dog food needs but don't have a knack for math, you can always check the World Small Animal Veterinary Association's (WSAVA) Global Nutrition Committee table and enter your dog into it. For both as a general health calculation.