Introduction to Dog Nutrition | Body Condition and Calculating Energy Requirements

Introduction to Dog Nutrition | Body Condition and Calculating Energy Requirements

Assessing your dog’s weight and calculating how much food to feed can be very challenging! Today, I am going to walk you through how to assess your dog’s body condition and how to calculate caloric needs. We will also talk about some healthy snacks you can feed.

On a related note, many of our pets are overweight, or even obese. If you would like more information specifically pertaining to obesity, check out my other video at https://youtu.be/-_zn5hrDCWw

For more information on which human foods to avoid and which are safe, check out my food safety video here: https://youtu.be/O_Zw8A4-5NM

My hope is to help make reliable information more available and accessible for pet owners, so if you have any topics that you would like me to talk about, please let me know in the comments below!

For more information, check out the links below:

World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) Body Condition Scoring
https://www.wsava.org/WSAVA/media/PDF_old/Body-condition-score-chart-dogs.pdf

OSU Veterinary Medical Center Basic Calorie Calculator
https://vet.osu.edu/vmc/companion/our-services/nutrition-support-service/basic-calorie-calculator

How to read a pet food label
https://talkspetfood.aafco.org/readinglabels

Nutritionix Track App – calorie tracker app
https://www.nutritionix.com/consumer

ASPCA: Healthy, Safe Snacks to Help Your Pet Slim Down
https://www.aspca.org/news/healthy-safe-snacks-help-your-pet-slim-down

American College of Veterinary Surgeons: Cranial Cruciate Ligament Disease
https://www.acvs.org/small-animal/cranial-cruciate-ligament-disease

Five Ways Being Overweight Can Harm Your Dog’s Health

Five Ways Being Overweight Can Harm Your Dog’s Health

Canine and feline obesity: a One Health Perspective
https://veterinaryrecord.bmj.com/content/vetrec/175/24/610.full.pdf

00:00 Intro
04:12. Body Condition Scoring (BCS)
09:52 Calorie calculations: Overview
12:37 Calorie calculations: Math equations
24:57 Healthy snack options

21 Comments

  1. BlackMambaKO on June 22, 2022 at 3:18 am

    What about calculating vitamins and minerals that dog needs + omega 3 and omega 6?

  2. Amanda Gagen on June 22, 2022 at 3:19 am

    Really great video! The comments are terrible, but you have been so helpful. Fingers crossed I will ace my test. I owe it to you! Thank you for going slow.

  3. Kev Wills on June 22, 2022 at 3:23 am

    Scroll to 4 minutes … yawn

  4. Jodi Wong on June 22, 2022 at 3:28 am

    Thanks for sharing this information this helps the furry family we have! The body condition level 1-9 was helpful. I’ve seen it on Instagram but didn’t know that it was vet approved charts! Keep up the amazing work!

  5. Cynthia Hernandez on June 22, 2022 at 3:29 am

    Thank you so much for this very helpful video! I’m currently studying to be an RVT and I am also getting a puppy within the next month so I’m definitely doing some doggie homework about feedings! Any suggestions/recommendations on food brands for a golden retriever puppy?

  6. Patricia Allen on June 22, 2022 at 3:31 am

    Thank you so much. This is exactly what I was looking for. Awesome presentation! I have a 1yo Yorkie (8.4 lbs) and I am preparing to cook his food myself. Not really sure how to measure calories in each serving. Any advice would be helpful.

  7. Stephanie Rose on June 22, 2022 at 3:34 am

    Great video, super informative is there a cat nutrition video you may have

  8. Dra. Thaís Diniz Reis on June 22, 2022 at 3:37 am

    Thanks very much. It was a very useful video.

  9. Dita Chapman on June 22, 2022 at 3:38 am

    Thank you. I’m currently studying small animal nutrition and this video has really helped me.

  10. pratsmats2407 on June 22, 2022 at 3:49 am

    Its a grest video but can you please help me with adding supplements to the food on daily basis

  11. Botfly Guy on June 22, 2022 at 3:54 am

    The dog perking up when you brought out the treats was super cute haha

  12. Teri on June 22, 2022 at 3:54 am

    This was so helpful! Thank you!

  13. Ms.PawsCompanionFoodsandServices on June 22, 2022 at 3:54 am

    How do you calculate per pound

  14. mixertioner on June 22, 2022 at 3:54 am

    Best video ever! She was so helpful and well spoken!

  15. peace and love on June 22, 2022 at 4:00 am

    Hi
    Is Whey Protein a good alternative to some meat or other protein sources?

  16. Kev Wills on June 22, 2022 at 4:02 am

    ALL COMMERCIAL DOG FOOD SLOWLY KILLS YOUR DOG !

  17. Kev Wills on June 22, 2022 at 4:02 am

    You talk a lot for nothing. As if you’re speaking to kindergarten students … oh like like my dogs fat just like like me ! Lol

  18. SYLVIA YEE on June 22, 2022 at 4:09 am

    Thanks aa lot for your sharing on the above topic. What is your opinion on feeding dog vegan diet?

  19. ValFeels on June 22, 2022 at 4:09 am

    Thanks so much for this extremely helpful video!! Trying to gather all the information needed to make good choices for a new rescue pup coming to us in the next month !

  20. Laura Gieg on June 22, 2022 at 4:11 am

    Hey, so I watched this as part of my Vet Assistant course, but this may also be helpful for my cat. I’ve been having a problem with him not getting enough, so having that equation, or rather the reminder of that equation even, could actually help me 🙂

  21. Morgan on June 22, 2022 at 4:11 am

    Can you recommend a site for homemade dog food? Recipes, how much to feed, how to calculate etc

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