Recommended Dog Calorie Needs and Intakes for Dog Weight Loss
As is the case with human diets, dog weight management relies on modifying daily dog calorie needs. Calorie restriction is the safest and most effective way to manage excess dog weight!
Modification of dog calorie intake should account for 90% of dog weight loss with the remainder achieved through exercise.
So to help your dog lose weight, a reduction in your dog’s daily calorie intake should be your number one priority. Once the necessary dietary adjustments are in place, gradual increases to your dog’s exercise levels may begin.
Unlike humans the recommended dog calorie intakes for dog weight loss are quite varied. The recommended calorie intake for a women to lose one pound per week is 1500 calories per day. For men it is 2000 calories per day.
However there is a huge variance between types and breed of dogs. So a more tailored approach for our pooches providing individualized dog calorie intakes is required.
To calculate your dog’s dieting calorie intake you will need to know your dog's ideal dog weight. (The ideal healthy weight your dog should be).
Target weights can be calculated by your veterinarian. Alternatively you can calculate your dog's target weight using our dog weight calculator. Access by clicking the tab below.
Dog Calorie Needs: How Many Daily Calories Does Your Dog Require?
Using the table below, use your dog’s ideal weight (or target weight) to look up the daily dog calorie needs or intake for weight loss.
For example, if your dog’s healthy target weight is 60 lbs. your dog’s total daily calorie allowance to promote dog weight loss will be 835 calories. If your dog's healthy target weight is 10 kilograms, their daily dog calorie needs will be 394 calories.
Dieting Dog Calorie Intakes for Dog Weight Loss
|Target Weight (lbs.)||Daily Calorie Intake (kcal)||Target Weight (kgs)||Daily Calorie Intake|
Once you identify your dog’s daily calorie intake, you can calculate the correct portion size to feed.
Portions are set according to the number of dog food calories contained in your dog’s food. Dog food calories (kcal) are typically listed in small print on the back or side of pet food packaging. Dog food calories are provided as number of calories per food weight basis. E.G. 300 kcal per 100 g food. Learn more about how to choose dog food suitable for dog weight loss in our article: 3 Steps to Select the Best Dog Food to Slim your Dog.
NB. The table above is intended as a guide only as the dog calorie needs for dog weight loss can vary significantly between dogs. Activity level, life stage, sex and breed can influence your dog’s dieting calorie requirement.
Every dog is unique in their response to calorie restriction. When dieting, adjustments to calorie intake are often needed to maintain suitable rates of dog weight loss.
DOG SLIM TIP: Before embarking your dog on a diet a veterinary health check is recommended. This is important to rule out any causes contributing to weight gain and to check for conditions that may impact on weight loss management.
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