In a previous post, ‘Are You Feeding Your Dog Too Much??’, I walked you through the Body Condition Scale to assess if your pup might be overweight or being overfed. I showed you how to crunch the numbers with a handy spreadsheet to pinpoint your dog’s caloric needs. Well, it’s time to put the spreadsheet and calculator away because my new Dog Calorie Calculator is here to do the heavy lifting for you. In this post, I’ll show you how this tool simplifies calculating the amount of food to feed your canine companion.

Understanding Your Dog’s Caloric Needs

Every dog is unique, and so are their dietary needs. Overfeeding can lead to obesity and health issues, while underfeeding can prevent them from getting the nutrients they need. It’s crucial to understand how many calories your dog should consume daily, and that’s where our calorie calculator steps in.

Introducing Our Calorie Calculator for Dogs

Our Dog Calorie Calculator is a game-changer for pet parents. It simplifies the process of determining your dog’s daily caloric needs by considering their weight, and activity level. With this tool, you can ensure your dog is on the right track to maintaining a healthy weight.

What is a Body Condition Score (BCS)?

The Body Condition Score (BCS) is a hands-on method for assessing your dog’s body fat and overall condition. It’s a scale that ranges from 1 (emaciated) to 9 (obese), with a score of 4-5 indicating an ideal weight. This score helps you visually and physically assess whether your dog is at a healthy weight.

How to Use the BCS with Our Calorie Calculator

To use the BCS effectively with our calorie calculator, start by assessing your dog’s BCS. Then, input their details into the calculator to get a personalized feeding plan. This plan will align with the BCS, ensuring your dog isn’t over or underfed.

Body Condition Score (BCS)

Dog Calorie Calculator Instructions

  1. Enter Your Dog’s Weight in pounds
  2. Select the Body Condition Score
  3. Select the Weight Management Modifier or Activity level
  4. Enter number of Calories in a Cup of food
  5. Enter the number of Meals served per day

Once all the information is entered our calculator will do the math and display the number of cups of food your dog should eat daily to achieve your weight management goal.

Adjusting Your Dog’s Diet with Precision

Once you have your dog’s BCS and caloric needs figured out, it’s time to adjust their diet. Measure out their food portions based on the calculator’s recommendations and monitor their BCS regularly to ensure they maintain a healthy weight.

Cyndi Smasal, CPDT-KA

Cyndi Smasal, CPDT-KA

Certified Professional Dog Trainer / Integrative Pet Specialist

Author, Pet Nutrition Specialist and Pet Care/Health Coach

About Cyndi Smasal

Cyndi is the founder and Chief Dog Lover of Pawtastic Pet Solutions.
She is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) and has been doing in-home dog training since 2016.

Cyndi has a broad set of skills, knowledge and experience spanning two decades. She calls herself an Integrative Pet Specialist. Prior to being a dog trainer, Cyndi authored two books, studied canine nutrition and natural pet care.

For the past 18 years, Cyndi has turned her love of one dog, Norman (the subject of her first book), into a passion for all dogs. She’s helped thousands of pet parents through her books and hundreds have consulted with her about their own dogs.