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# Dog Food Calculator

How much fresh food to feed your dog daily? The dog food calculator ensures the portion sizes and nutritional requirements for dogs.

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The dog food calculator determines the number of calories and the appropriate amount of dog food based on age, weight, and activity level. This way ensures that the dog receives proper nutrition and portion size.

## Understanding Your Dog's Nutritional Needs:

Understanding the nutritional needs involves overall health including the appropriate balance of proteins, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals tailored to the dog’s age, size, activity level, and health conditions. It is based on the research conducted by the Center for Pet Nutrition in Leicestershire, England. Research has shown that an adult dog's daily diet can contain up to 50% carbohydrates by weight including 2.5 - 4.5% fiber. A minimum of approximately 5.5% diet comes from fats, and 10% from proteins.

## Dog Feeding Chart:

 Dog’s Weight in Kg Feeding Size in Cup 1 - 5.5 kg 85 grams of wet food, mixed with about ¾ cup of dry food 5.6 - 9 kg 85 grams of wet food, mixed with about ¾ - 1 cup of dry food 9 - 11 kg 85 grams of wet food, mixed with about 1- 1¾ cups of dry food 11 - 23 kg 170 grams of wet food, mixed with about 1½ - 2 cups of dry food 23 - 34 kg 170 grams of wet food, mixed with about 2 - 3 cups of dry food 34 kg+ 170 grams of wet food, mixed with about 2½ - 3 cups of dry food.

## How Do Calculate How Much Food To Feed My Dog?

To calculate how much food to feed the dog you can follow the steps below;

• Determine Your Dog's Weight: In pounds or kilograms, weigh your dog which serves as the basis for calculating daily food intakes.
• Assess Your Dog's Activity Level: Look at how active your dog is. A higher activity level requires more calories.
• Calculate Daily Caloric Intake: Use a calorie calculator and calculate caloric intake based on weight and activity level
• Divide Calories by Food's Caloric Density: Usually, the density of calories is listed on the package so divide the calories by their density to get a feeding amount of food.
• Monitor Your Dog's Weight and Adjust as Needed: Monitor the weight of the dog and adjust food accordingly

### Example:

A 10kg (22lb) adult neutered dog of healthy weight needs RER = 70(10kg)3/4 ≈ 400 Calories/day.

## Ideal Diet For Dogs:

According to Dr. Harris; sedentary and overweight dogs may need a more controlled daily caloric intake. In general, the foods that are considered ideal for dogs are given as follows:

 Dog Weight (lbs) Daily Caloric Intake (kcal) Protein (grams) Fat (grams) Carbohydrates (grams) Diet Ideas 10 200 - 275 14 - 20 7 - 10 20 - 30 Lean meats (chicken, turkey), fish, brown rice, sweet potatoes, green vegetables 20 325 - 400 20 - 28 10 - 14 35 - 50 Beef, lamb, eggs, quinoa, oats, carrots, peas 30 450 - 600 28 - 40 14 - 20 60 - 80 Salmon, pork, barley, lentils, pumpkin, apples 40 600 - 750 35 - 50 18 - 25 80 - 100 Venison, duck, millet, chickpeas, spinach, blueberries 50 750 - 900 45 - 60 22 - 30 100 - 120 Bison, rabbit, potatoes, black beans, broccoli, strawberries 60 900 - 1050 55 - 70 28 - 35 120 - 140 Kangaroo, turkey, couscous, kidney beans, cauliflower, bananas

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