Sunday, August 26, 2012


The average active 35 pound dog needs about a thousand calories a day. How many calories does your dog need?  Use the dog food calculator link to find out.  Put in your dog's weight and describe her activity level.

For instance, a 20 pound active dog needs about 650 calories.  That's a little less than two cups of Pedigree Adult Complete Nutrition Dog Food.

On average, a cup of dry food has between 325 and 600 calories per cup. How many calories does your dog food brand have?  Use this dog food calorie count link to find out.

Dog biscuits count too.  A medium size Milk Bone biscuit has 40 calories, a large one 115.  Find out more at the dog treat calories count link 

"Saving good dogs from bad dog food" is the motto of Dog Food Advisor.  Find out how your dog food rates at this link.

Just like us, our dogs are getting fatter too.  Today we traditionally see the biggest pup in the litter as the healthiest.  But 200 years ago, the smallest was more desirable.  In the 1700s sportsmen were advised to choose the pup that weighs the least, "For that one will be the swiftest."

Read my post about how the rest of the world feeds their dogs at this link.  You might be surprised.


  1. I have always had to watch my guy, he also eats with us on occasion but now that he is getting older and sick, the vet wants him to eat and more protein.


  2. Thanks for the links... I try to buy corn/wheat free food for the dog and cats - all their skin is so much less flakey. Interesting reading on the different brands and how much they differ between product lines.

  3. Wow ! Seriously all i care is that ... My puppy is enjoying the food which has been recommended by veterinarian !

  4. I came across your blog because I typed in "How many calories does my dog need?"

    Rascal is a 6-year-old neutered Yellow Lab who sits around mostly. Here is a pic:( Based on the calculator, I'll try 1500 calories for a while and see how it goes. Thanks for providing that on your site. The reason the question came up is because I stopped feeding him IAMs, which he's eaten since he was a pup. I've been feeding him regular food for about two months because he has severe allergies starting mid-March through the end of April. He is reacting to whatever blooms in early mid-March. I'm looking for what that might be as we speak. The vet is recommending immune-therapy. I'd like to try and narrow the source down before I put him through the allergy testing. I read somewhere that the combination of histamines in the air along with the histamines in corn-based foods, could be overwhelming his immune system. As it turns out, taking him off of processed dog food has had absolutely no effect. I won't be returning to processed dog food, because I feel really good about giving him real food and it's obviously better for him. For breakfast, he eats raw chicken (mostly breast meat), gizzards, and hearts. I realize that he needs more sources and a variety of critters to eat and I'm looking for other sources now. He eats 2 cups of white rice and an apple for lunch. For dinner, he eats red potatoes, fresh green beans, and carrots, all boiled together with a piece of bacon for flavor. He is excited to eat at every meal, whereas before he was happy...but not excited. I have tried everything I can to relieve his allergy symptoms, which are mainly scratching his underside, snout and ears, biting his feet and legs, etc. I'm using a cone when I'm at home. I tried to leave him in his kennel with a cone and he promptly removed it...and destroyed it. When I leave, he is free to bite and scratch. Last year the vet gave him a shot of prednisone to shut it down after he started to draw blood. I vowed never to do that again due to the risks involved along with the effect it had on him...lethargy, weight loss, etc. I've tried every anti-histamine on the market and a prescription one the vet gave me to start with. Nothing has worked. 16 Benadryl's a day didn't even make him sleepy. I'm at my wit's end. My last resort is to have the vet prescribe a sedative so that he'll sleep when I'm not home. Looking back at this post... looks like rambling..sorry for that. Thoughts? Thanks. Jerry Thomas Smith 410.739.5798;

    1. Sent you an email.

    2. My Shepard had the same problem and I found she was allergic to the corn in the dog food and to chicken. She is now on raw pork roast, brown rice and veggies. No more biting and scratching.

    3. My dog is doing much better with allergies and health now that we are on a homemade diet and OFF the vet food....we feed 20-30 calories per pound , so a 30 pound dog eats about 600- 900 calories per day, depending on how active they are.
      A good recipe is: 1/3 chicken or beef or pork, 1/3 sweet potatoes and rice, 1/3 carrots and green beans, 1 tsp coconut oil, 1 egg. You MUST give Calcium Carbonate ( I use 1/4 teaspoon per day) if you feed a homemade diet but DO NOT give if you feed commercial diet because it is already in there. We have no more allergies, nice coat, happier dog.
      Another good recipe is a high quality protein stew:
      1 pound Ground Beef, 70% lean / 30% fat
      1 can Jack Mackerel, drained
      3 oz Braunschweiger (liver sausage)
      2 cup Glutinous Rice ("sweet" or "sticky" rice)
      1 cup Sweet potato, without skin, diced
      1 can Green Beans, no salt added, drained
      1 cup Cabbage, chopped
      3 Hardboiled Eggs, diced (discard 2 of the yolks = 3 whites, 1 yolk)
      1/2 stick Unsalted Butter
      1/2 cup Ketchup, low sodium
      2 cloves of Garlic
      Add Calcium Carbonate ( I buy NOW brand on amazon)
      Calories are about 305 per cup

  5. Try Acana Pacifica for food or DOUXO, a seborrhea spot on for the skin available at a vet office. Purina ProPlan for sensitive skin helped a lot, but side effects were serious weight loss, dry coat, and skin flakes. But scratching stopped. We immediately returned to Acana. Spring allergies etc. aren't helped much by food changes, but it never hurts

    1. Acana is an excellent food, as is Orijen (6 fish formula) (both made by Champion Pet Foods) which is higher in protein. We found sensitive skin formulas wrecked the dog's coat. Sometimes adding a wild salmon oil capsule, split open, into that kind of food will help. Also if you call the customer service at this company, they go out of their way to help you.