How many calories should a 25-30lb beagle consume a day?
I want to know when I am over feeding him.
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Start with Cookie's suggestion and then go with Aster's suggestion. Evaluate weekly how he is looking and adjust the food. I used a 1/4 or 1/3 cup measure, each dog got 2 measures per meal and it could be level or slightly rounded depending on how the dog was doing. A level 1/4 cup is 4 tablespoons and a level 1/3 is 5 and 1/3 tablespoons, a small change that mattered even though a 450 calories per cup food is only 28 calories a tablespoon. The different foods have different calorie counts and dogs react differently even to foods with the same calories so go by the ribs not the dog insisted he is starving.
Sassy answered on Aug 21st.
Look on the back of the bag of most reputable dog foods and you'll see pictures of under weight and obese dogs as well as the right size. You should be able to see the very last ribs on his chest, and easily feel them as well, he should have a nice waistline and well defined shoulders and neck. He really shouldn't look like a link of sausage. Make sure he maintains a good tummy tuck. The weight should be checked by a vet and averaged to the actual size of the dog, some beagles are tiny, some larger. It's like saying a 30 year old person should weigh....... but what if that person is 5'1" and not 5'8". a few pounds can go a long way, and don't forget to put activity level into the mix too before you arrive at a perfect number.
Tannochbrae's Sir Haggis answered on 8/20/09. Helpful? / 0
Nobody can say how many calories your dog needs. There is an easy way to avoid overfeeding. Your dog definitely should be narrower at the waist than the hips and chest. You should be able to easily feel the ribs, but not see them. Each dog is different. Standard recommendations are a good place to start, but each dog must have its food and exercise adjusted to its individual needs. Here is a link to a good illustrated guide, www.longliveyourdog.com
Aster answered on 8/20/09. Helpful? / 0
The thread below is a wonderful resource, it was made by Sedona. Here's the link to Sedona's page - www.dogster.com
Here's the thread link: www.dogster.com
In the first post of Sedona's thread she wrote this formula to calculate the amount of calories needed per day:
desired weight/2.2 * 30 add 70 = calories per day
Hope that helps!
Cookie answered on 8/20/09. Helpful? / 0