Adult Dog Calorie Calculator
It has been proven beyond doubt that helping a dog achieve and maintain his or her ideal bodyweight reduces the risk of chronic health issues. My dog calorie calculator will give you a rough guide as to the number of calories you should feed your best friend. Incidentally, most of us talk in terms of calories. But it’s likely you’ll hear your vet speak of kilocalories or kcals. They’re essentially one and the same thing. All refer to the amount of energy your dog requires from his or her food.
Of course every dog is different. This tool should be used as a guide only. Like human beings, dogs are individuals. Some have higher metabolic rates than others. On that basis, some burn calories more quickly than others. Some will require more calories than those indicated, some will require fewer. Metabolic rate alone can make a difference of 20% either way. As I’m very fond of saying, in terms of feeding a dog, there is never a one-size-fits-all solution!
Calorie requirements are dependent on so many factors. Your dog’s breed, age, size, metabolism, activity level, temperament, health status and environment will all pay a part. Whether or not he or she is spayed or neutered also makes a difference. Even dogs from the same litter can have totally different calorie requirements. So even taking those factors into account, it’s still impossible to arrive at a figure that is likely to be 100% accurate. Use this dog calorie calculator by all means, but bear in mind that you still need to monitor your dog’s weight and body condition and adjust his or her food accordingly.
Other useful tools
Generally accepted life stages can be used as a guide to how many calories your dog needs to consume in order to maintain a healthy weight.
Bear in mind that at the end of the day, the very best way of determining how much food your dog needs is to weigh he or she regularly and to monitor his or her condition by eye. My Body Condition Chart is also there to guide you.
If you still need help feeding your adult dog, I can help you learn to make homemade food for your dog.
(All figures below pertain to calories)
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