Dog Calorie Needs: Calorie Intakes for Dog Weight Loss
Dog weight management hinges on a reduced food intake to meet diet dog calorie needs. Calorie restriction is the safest and most effective way to manage excess dog weight.
Restrictions to dog calorie intake should account for 90% of your dog's weight loss with the remainder achieved through exercise.
To help your dog lose weight, reducing your dog’s daily calorie intake should be your number one priority. Once these dietary adjustments are made, gradual increases to your dog’s exercise levels may begin.
Unlike humans the recommended dog calorie intake for dog weight loss varies widely reflecting the size and activity profile of hundreds of dog breeds.
So a more tailored approach for pooches providing individualized dog calorie intakes is required.
To calculate your dog’s dieting calorie intake you 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 daily dog calorie needs or calorie 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 - 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.
Read more about the importance of calorie restriction for dog weight management by skipping to this article: Fat Dogs: Is Exercise the Cure?
WAGSTA TIP: Before starting your dog on a diet, a veterinary health check is recommended. This will rule out any health issues contributing to weight gain, which may impact on weight loss management.
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