Posted : 7/1/2006 5:23:49 PM
Well, there is a formula for figuring your dogs energy needs.
First you have to convert their weight to kilograms. (lbs divided by 2.2) This will give you the weight in kg.
Then you need to figure the BMR (basil metabolic rate) which is the amount of kcals your dog needs just to live (breathing, heartbeat). To figure this you do the following (this is algebra):
70(kg^.75) This will give you the BMR
Then, you need to figure your dogs energy factor. This factor is then multiplied by the BMR. If your dog is not a growing puppy, this is your dogs total kcal requirement per day.
Use the following chart to figure energy factor (this would be your dogs activity level)
Sedate = 1.1 - 1.3
Low = 1.4 - 1.5
Moderate = 1.6 - 1.7
High = 1.8
Body building (lactating or recovering) = 2.2 -3.0
For example (numbers are hypothetical)
BMR = 342
EF = 1.6
Total kcals for the day would be:
Now, if your dog has a growth factor (a puppy) you need to do an additional calculation. The growth factor is a constant of 1.5. So you would need to figure the total kcals for the day and multiply that by 1.5, like this:
547.2 x 1.5 = 820.8
This is now the total kcals YOUR dog requires for the day.
If you need any clarification on this, let me know, [