Senior Dog Calorie Requirement Chart

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Were you aware that the senior dog has special dietary requirements that can help it remain happy and healthy well into old age?

Senior Dog Calorie Calculator

As a dog ages, its activity level reduces. Its metabolism slows down, and its calorie requirement reduces accordingly. It is much the same for we human beings. My senior dog calorie calculator is designed to help guide you in estimating your senior dog’s calorie requirements.

It’s important that we take this reduced caloric requirement into account when calculating how much to feed our senior dogs. If we don’t, our dogs can gain unnecessary weight. And with that weight gain, the increased possibility of ill health and a reduction in lifespan.

Please use the chart below as a rough guide. All figures are estimates given purely for guidance. The actual calorie requirement may well vary from dog to dog. Every dog is different.

Other useful guides

At the end of the day, nothing beats monitoring your dogs’ bodyweight regularly. It is much easier to stop them gaining weight than it is to help them lose it.

My Body Condition Chart should help in that regard.

I’ve also created a Senior Dog Diet Plan. It’s a specially formulated senior dog diet plan which takes into account the specific dietary requirements of the senior dog. If I can help your senior dog in any way, do please let me know.

Senior Dog Calorie Calculator
(All figures below pertain to calories)

Dog's Weight (Kilos)Activity Level
Normal
Activity Level
Inactive
Activity Level
Active
Activity Level
Overweight
1978510985
2163142183142
3221193248193
4274240308240
5324283364283
6371325417325
7417365469365
8460403518403
9503440566440
10544476612476
11585512658512
12624546702546
13663580746580
14701613788613
15738646830646
16774678871678
17810709912709
18846740952740
19881771991771
209158011030801
219508311068831
229838601106860
2310178901144890
2410509181181918
2510829471218947
2611159751254975
271147100312901003
281178103113261031
291210105813611058
301241108613961086
311272111314311113
321302114014651140
331333116614991166
341363119315331193
351393121915671219
361423124516001245
371452127116341271
381482129616671296
391511132217001322
401540134717321347
411568137217641372
421597139717971397
431625142218291422
441654144718601447
451682147218921472
461710149619241496
471738152019551520
481765154519861545
491793156920171569
501820159320481593
511847161620781616
521874164021091640
531901166421391664
541928168721691687
551955171121991711
561982173422291734
572008175722591757
582034178022891780
592061180323181803
602087182623481826

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Gerald Pepin

Gerald Pepin

Canine Nutritionist

Gerald Pepin is a qualified canine nutritionist, writer, speaker and homemade dog food advocate. Gerald believes that good nutrition can improve or cure most canine health problems and that the natural way is always the best way when it comes to healing man's best friend. A life-long lover of German Shepherds, Gerald and his wife The Dog Chef have two GSDs and live in rural Somerset.

4 Comments

  1. Arlene Russell

    What amount of food in calories should a male minature Australian shepard. get daily? (Include snacks and some fruits, vegetable,etc.) he is 20 months old and somewhat active. ( Probably, not enough!, but could be!) he is around 37 lbs, and probably needs to lose 3 to 4 pounds. I need to set hin up on a lose weight with healthy food choices and more ex.ercise. Any suggestions would greatly be appreciated. He is a ver intelligent, sweet dog, Thankyou!

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  2. Patricia Lombardo

    Please note, I think the numbers for inactive (518) and active (403) for an 8kg senior dog are reversed. Otherwise, this chart is very helpful.

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