GO!

How many calories for each dog

Discuss ways to improve the quality of your dog's life and longevity through proper nutrition; a place for all of your questions and answers about feeding your pooch!

Please keep discussions fun, friendly, and helpful at all times. Non-informative posts criticizing a particular brand or another poster’s choice of food are not allowed in this Forum. References to any brand of food as "junk," "garbage," or other harsh names will be removed.

  
(Page 1 of 2: Viewing entries 1 to 10)  
Page Links: 1  2  
Manito

Circus Dog
 
 
Barked: Mon Feb 23, '09 2:15pm PST 
I can't find a great post that gave a % of how many calories we should be feeding our dogs based upon their weight...it is making me crazy! eek Can someone direct me to the post or provide the formula? Posts go so quickly up and down that I lost it somewhere in here.

Many thanks!
[notify]
Boston

King of- everything
 
 
Barked: Mon Feb 23, '09 2:40pm PST 
This is the formula I use that makes sense to me. Its for cats but I used it for my dogs to and it works. weight of dog x13.6 + 70 = the amount of calories fed per day.
[notify]
Manito

Circus Dog
 
 
Barked: Mon Feb 23, '09 3:06pm PST 
thinking Okay I found this formula which may be it: (desired wt in lbs)/2.2 X 30 + 70 = kcals per day

Here are my dogs specifics:

Manito is between 35-40 pounds. High energy and high metobalism. He is lean and needs to stay on the lean side because he has pins in back leg and ACL issues. (Poor guy!) So somewhere between whats below depending on how he looks.

Manito 35/2.2*30+70= 547.27 calories/day
Manito 40/2.2*30+70= 615.45 calories/day

Pico is our Shep/Huskey Mix. He is a pretty big dog. He is overweight but not obese. He is 85 pounds and should be about 75 pounds. Calculation below would be:

Pico 75/2.2*30+70=1092.72 calories/day

I know it is an estimate but I have to start somewhere.

Any input?

smile
[notify]

Sedona

The Wise Cracker
 
 
Barked: Mon Feb 23, '09 3:32pm PST 
Manito may need more than the 40lbs amount of calories since he has such a high metabolism. The amount of calories for Pico is a really good starting point though.

Here is a calculator. Many people find the amount of cals suggested here too high. For some dogs it's just right.
[notify]
Manito

Circus Dog
 
 
Barked: Mon Feb 23, '09 3:51pm PST 
So the calculation for Manito was
Manito 40/2.2*30+70= 615.45 calories/day

If his is super active with high metabolism how high more or less can we go. He would be okay to gain a couple of pounds and loves food, but I don't want him to get chunky because his back legs can't support that.

Can you offer a calorie Recommendation to start with for Manito?snoopy
[notify]
Manito

Circus Dog
 
 
Barked: Mon Feb 23, '09 4:09pm PST 
P.S. That calculator seems REALLY HIGH in comparison to the fraction and calorie count I had for Manito. I'm completely confused on how much to feed the little guy! shrug
[notify]
Sedona

The Wise Cracker
 
 
Barked: Mon Feb 23, '09 4:45pm PST 
Do you know how many calories he is eating right now?

All the calculators and equations are just estimates. There are way too many variables to account for, for any of them to be very accurate.
[notify]
Lily

Whose bed?? Why- would YOU think- that?
 
 
Barked: Mon Feb 23, '09 6:38pm PST 
When my dogs were totally kibble fed, the calculator on the second page was right on. The 'less active' amount on the first page was close. Mine are 26 and 49 pounds, but apparently have high metabolisms.

If you use the second page and calculate him at 37.5 pounds, he needs 923 calories. Or 886 on the first page 'less active' row. How about starting with 900?
[notify]
Sassy

Princess and the- Pea
 
 
Barked: Mon Feb 23, '09 7:38pm PST 
Wow that is so low compared to the NRC levels. These are old ones, new ones are in my book 30 feet away but I not only have the lap top on my lap I have a 42 pound lap dog as well. No cutting and pasting from books either.

Sassy is 42 pounds~19 kg and gets 900 calories a day at age 15.5 years. Max is 38 pounds~17.3 kg and gets about 600 calories a day at age 8.8 years.

Guess I am not so far off then. I thought my two were being starved compared to the NRC numbers.

http://books.nap.edu/openbook.php?record_id=15&page=45

First list is the source of the numbers. Second is order of the numbers after the #kilograms weight of dog.

TABLE 5 Recommended Energy Needs of Adult Dogs at Maintenance (kcal ME/day)

Body Weight (kg)
1-NRC (1974) (132 Wkg0.75)
2-Thonney (1983) (100 Wkg0.88)
3-Thonney (1983) (144 + 62.2 Wkg)b
kg 1 2 3
1 132 100 207

3 301 262 331

5 441 412 455

10 742 758 766

20 1,248 1,396 1,388

30 1,692 1,995 2,010

40c 2,099 2,569 2,632

50c 2,482 3,127 3,254

60c 2,846 3,671 3,876
[notify]
Manito

Circus Dog
 
 
Barked: Mon Feb 23, '09 8:21pm PST 
Hi everyone - I had to do some research to find out how many calories he is currently eating. I'm trying to move him off of Iams Low Res on to a better quality food. The bag does not list calories so I went to their website and it states that there is 257/cup. We are giving him 1.5 cups twice a day for a total of 771 calories/day. He's been on this food for about 2 months now and he has a good healthy weight with this amount of calories. I do recognize that he is getting some fillers on this dumb food hence the reason we are switching. I was also thinking that with better quality food we would be feeding him less as it was better quality. My eyes are spinning here...

Additional input? Should we keep him at current 771 approx? thinking
[notify]
  (Page 1 of 2: Viewing entries 1 to 10)  
Page Links: 1  2