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Nikki’s Collar Club is at the forefront of dog walking and pet sitting in Northeast Ohio. Not only do we staff local full-time dog walkers unlike the “major” sites, but we have an extensive training program so our pet sitters and dog walkers can take care of your pets in a crisis. If our professional staff is sent to your home in an emergency or you do not know how much to feed your dog, then we rely on this handy dog food calculator to determine the BEST amount of food to feed your dog!
Dog Feeding Calculator for All Size Dogs
So, you’ve got yourself a cute dog and are wondering how to keep it healthy? Well, treating your dog to a balanced diet guarantees it the nutrients needed for daily routines – be it a hunting dog, guard dog, or just a lap companion.
But how do you know what amount of food is right? Less than the required calories will undoubtedly lead to an emaciated dog with health complications or even make it stray away in search for top-ups. More than required calories, on the other hand, will surely turn your favorite dog into a useless fat mess.
The calories also depend on other factors such as the breed, the dog’s current weight, any condition such as arthritis, and more. Doing all these mathematical equations in your head can, however, get messy unless you’re some math wizard. That’s why you need a dog feeding calculator like the Nikki’s Collar Club Dog Feeding Calculator.
Nikki’s Collar Club Dog Feeding Calculator
When it comes to being there for dog owners Northeast of Ohio, Nikki’s Collar Club is at the forefront. We staff all-round dog walkers and sitters. In case you’re in a crisis, either you need someone to look after your dog when you’re away or don’t know how much to feed your dog, our experts will give you the fix by relying on our dog feeding calculator.
Our calculator makes your dog feeding requirements a piece of cake. All you need is to describe the following:
•Your dog’s weight
•Your dog’s age
•Your dog’s activity
Here’s our feeding guide for your various dog varieties with a standard 8-ounce measuring cup.
• Toy Dog (3-6lbs)
Depending on the dog’s age and how active it is, the food requirement ranges from 0.05 – 0.36lb meaning 1/3 to of a standard 8-ounce cup per day will do the trick. Puppies, of course, will feed 2-3 times more than the adult. An old 3-pound 1-year old couch potato dog, for example, could sustain itself on 175 calories per day.
An 8-week-old of the same kind, on the other hand, needs 1050 calories. Just keep the proteins at 30% of the diet.
• Small dog (10-20lbs)
This body type goes from the skinny with visible rib cage to the normal with a clear waistline. If your dog is in this category, it needs 1-2 pounds of food per day, depending on how active it is. 3/4-4/3 cups of food per day will do the trick. Puppies, of course, will feed 2-3 times more.
If the ribs are readily visible, consider upping the protein percentage in the diet to about 50%. If you look down from above at a healthy dog, you’ll notice an hourglass figure with the narrower abdomen and larger chest and hips. If your dog lacks this figure, feed it more lest it gets into health complications.
• Medium dog(30-50lbs)
The body type is from normal to husky such that you can’t feel the dog’s ribs. Here, you’ve got to watch out not to overfeed your dog and make it obese. 0.45-5 pounds of food will supply the calories needed to sustain your dog through its activities. 1 – 2 2/3 cups of food will do the trick!
Supply your dog with a well-balanced diet, meat, and vegetable-based products, and with plenty of water. Just keep the protein content between 20-30% of the diet.
• Large dog (60lbs and above)
Dogs with these body types require 0.90-10lbs of food per day to carry out normal activities. These are muscular high energy level dogs such as the German Shepherds or Golden Retrievers. They’ve got a healthy appetite, and you need to supply them with high-quality, balanced diets. Otherwise, your dog is going to experience health complications. The protein content in the diet should be above 30 %.
Older dogs will make do with 0.90-5 pounds of food while 6-10 pounds of food per day will supply the calories needed by active dogs. 3-5 cups of food per day will do the trick. If your dog is however immobilized much by conditions such as arthritis, cut down on the calories so it cannot gain weight which would otherwise put much pressure on the sick leg.
How much treat to give your dog:
Other factors to take into account are the number of treats you provide your dog with each day. It’s recommended that treats should be less than 10% of your dog’s daily caloric intake.
In retrospect, when it comes to feeding your dog, you’ve got to keep up with various variables. Otherwise, bang goes any fond hopes of you bonding with a healthy pet. Stay ahead of the game with Nikki’s Collar Club Dog Feeding Calculator then, won’t you?
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** All information is based on research and is not meant to be taken above what your professional Veterinarian recommends. This is for informational purposes only and we recommend consulting your Veterinarian!