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Tricks to calculate your dog’s daily calorie needs!

We love dogs, and our dogs love treats. Dogs love treats, but for that reason, we can’t feed them in excess to show our love. Everything must be in limits when concerned to diets for all the creatures on this earth.

Calculating our dog’s daily calorie needs based on the activity, age, breed weight, lifestyle, health conditions and much more. Distinct factors determine the daily calorie needs of dogs, but the toughest part is to determine exactly how much we should serve them.

It’s very inhumane on denying treats to our dogs. But, in the case of dogs and treats, we must be in limits so that we can save our dog’s life. Human foods can be served to dogs but in limits. There are some toxic human foods too. But, as a responsible pet parent, we must be aware of the toxic as well as healthy human foods list for our dogs. Now let’s learn how to calculate the dog’s daily calorie needs!

Calculating Dog’s daily calorie needs

Metabolism, activity, and tasks of your dog on a daily basis may include 20% variation in every dog. Dogs like Pomeranian, Pug, Retriever are active and may consume little more than other breeds.

AAFCO(Association of American Feed Control Officials) have set limits for daily calories of dog diet plan. But the reality varies from their theories. Some of our dogs may feel hunger in mid of the day and some in late nights. It purely depends on their metabolism, age, breed weight and much more.

While serving dogs it’s not necessary that you must serve a lot of foods, but you must serve healthy, nutritious diets to your dog. The healthy foods, veggies, fruits, chick meat, must be served to dogs instead of serving table scraps and left outs from our dining.

Human foods may contain onion, garlic, nuts, alcoholic beverages and much more which are toxic to dogs. Hence you must take good care of dog’s diet plan. Calorie calculators can’t determine the factors mentioned above which are important to calculate our dog’s daily calorie needs.

Vet’s standard calculation formula

Vet’s use the standard formula of dog’s calorie needs by metabolism and activity. Here are the directions for calculating your dog’s daily calorie needs.

If you weigh your dog in pounds, then it must be converted into kilograms. Hence divide the body weight of dog in pounds by 2.2!

Resting Energy Requirement(RER)= 70*(Body weight of dog in KG)^0.75

Maintenance Energy Requirement(MER)= Multiplier suitable for your dog* RER


The multiplier used for dogs varies in sub-categories as follows:

  • Neutered or Spayed Dog= 1.6
  • Typical Intact Dog= 1.8
  • For Weight Loss=1
  • For weight gain=1.7
  • Family dogs= 2
  • Moderate worker dogs= 3
  • Heavy worker guard dogs= 6
  • Less than 4 months= 3
  • More than 4 months= 2

For a dog weighing 45 pounds, the daily calorie needs must be calculated in this form!

45 lbs / 2.2 = 20.5 kg

70 x 20.5^0.75 = 674 kcal/day

1.6 x 672 = 1075 kcal/day

It’s not the exact requirement. The exact calorie needs for dogs may vary due to weather, environment, activities, age, lifestyle and much more.

You can somehow or another match the dog’s calorie requirements with this calculated amount. In many commercial dog treats, they recommend feeding their calories with the help of body weight of dogs in pounds.

For instance, in some food packs, you can find 5-10 pounds of body weight dogs must be served with a bowl of treat and similar to that. You can also follow the instructions on the food labels if you find it difficult to calculate the calorie requirement.

Be sure to serve only safe ingredients, commercial foods to your dog. Everything your serve in your dog’s bowl counts the love and days you are going to spend with your dog! Serve dogs and survive a healthy lifestyle!

Wolves need our help: good management is absent

Wolves need our help

As an apex predator, the wolf is an animal that can play an important role in the ecosystem by ensuring that ungulate herds (browsers like deer, elk, moose, bison etc.) do not overpopulate and deplete the forage on which they depend. The wolf is natures check on another species. However, the wolf itself is an animal that needs to be managed so its prolific breeding tendency and voracious appetiteĀ  (17.5 pounds of meat per wolf per week), does not outstrip the ungulate populations on which it relies.

In modern day America, wolves are no longer needed to reduce huge, roaming herds of ungulates as many environmental changes already limit the populations of deer, elk and moose. Cities and residences now create gaps between continuous, suitable habitat and ungulate populations have adjusted to the available forage. In Eastern Washington other predators, including bear, coyote and cougar also feed on ungulate populations, putting a mild check on the herds.

The introduction of the Gray Wolf to Yellowstone Park in 1997 started a trend in the west that has brought the wolf back as one of the most hated predators. A population of 66 wolves into Yellowstone and 35 into the Salmon River Wilderness in Southern Idaho have mushroomed into an uncontrolled population.These wolves were not the native subspecies that existed prior to the introduction. Their primary recovery goal was to have 10 breeding pairs for three consecutive years distributed among the Northern Rocky Mountain Recovery Zone and remove the wolf from the endangered species list.

We have made the wolf a modern-day monster by failing to manage the population.

map in usEvery dot on this U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service map represents a wolf pack.

As of 2013, there are 1,691 Wolves made up of 320 packs and 78 breeding pairs spread throughout Montana, Wyoming, Idaho and Washington. The territory of these packs directly overlaps on areas that do not have contiguous habitat, but rather are places where people, cities and towns exist. By failing to keep the population under control, we force situations where wolves attack people, livestock and pets as they roam unhindered.

Wolves DO attack people

As much as we would like for the misnomer about wolves not attacking people to be true, recent evidence shows otherwise. Out of respect for those who have died and been maimed in these attacks, lets not ignore the real possibilities and dangers of wolves. For information on these attacks and others, please click on the Human health risks page.

WARAW Wolf Rally April 11 in Spokane

WARAW Wolf Rally April 11

Missed the WARAW rally? Find great resources here

Ramona Phillips from Oregon Wolf Educatio

Ramona Phillips from Oregon Wolf Education

Thank you to everyone who attended our first WARAW wolf rally in Spokane last weekend. We had some very educational speakers, including Steve Alder from Idaho for Wildlife. Steve gave a sobering presentation about the impacts of wolves on elk herds in Idaho. Idaho for Wildlife has been very active on this issue, including helicopters to document actual wolf impacts and teams to collect better wolf related data. Below are some resource links from the Idaho for Wildlife website that were used in Steves presentation:




Steve Alder from IdahoSteve Alder from Idaho for Wildlife visits with WARAW wolf rally attendees. We also had a fantastic presentation from Oregon Wolf Education (OWE). OWE is made up of citizens and ranching families who have dealt with wolves first-hand on their ranches and farms in Oregon. OWE faces many of the same challenges as WARAW and we look forward to partnering with them in the future.

Below is a link to the full OWE Powerpoint presentation:

OWE Spokane WARAW rally PP final

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