please help with dog food

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    Dena v
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    Hi, I currently feed dry fromm to my lab/Shepard mix. She’s 11 years old. Very inactive. Lays/sleeps a lot. She use to be over weight but she’s been not wanting to eat her dry food as much. Which makes me think I need to switch her to wet food because it would be easier on her teeth. She has had merrick before so I want to switch to that. But I need help figuring out how much to feed my inactive senior.

    Merrick senior wet says
    Calorie Content

    873 kcal /kg or 332 kcal per 13.2.oz. can ME (metabolizable energy) on an as fed basis (calculated).

    ^^^ I don’t quite get what it means. Or how to enter that into the dog food caculator.

    Your dog food’s calories per serving

     kcal / cup or    kcal / kg

    what number would I enter into the caculator?

    I’m totally confused. Tia!

    #59860 Report Abuse

    pugmomsandy
    Moderator

    use 873 kcal/kg and it will give you how many calories to feed her.

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    Akari_32
    Member

    When I do canned in the calculator, I personly treat the size of the can as a cup, enter it that way. If it says my dog needs a half cup of the entered food, then it’s a half can. Easier than trying to decide how much to feed with the kcal/kg calculated I to the calculator.

    #59868 Report Abuse

    Dena v
    Member

    Thank you for your help.

    I’m still needing some help.

    I entered
    Ideal weight ….80
    Activity…. . Inactive senior
    Kcal cup or kcal kg …. 873

    It said
    Your dog’s ideal weight

     pounds   kilograms

    Step 2

    Your dog’s activity level

    select an activity level…TypicalActiveOverweightHighly ActiveSenior, neutered, inactiveWorking Dog (light duty)Working Dog (moderate duty) Working Dog (heavy duty)

    Step 3

    Your dog food’s calories per serving

     I did both kcal / cup and   kcal / kg and it said the same calories…

    Your dog requires 1333 kcal / day
    Feed your dog 1.53 cups / day

    Which baffles me a bit cause that would be 1 and a half cans (13.2 oz) a day.

    But the can itself reads
    80 lbs
    1330 kals day
    Feed 4 cans a day
    (13.2 oz)

    That’s a big difference. I know she should eat lead cause she’s 11 years old senior and inactive. But is 1 and half cans a day too little?
    What do you guys think? Thank you so much for your help!!!!

    #59869 Report Abuse

    Dena v
    Member

    Meant to say eat less nor lead.

    #59870 Report Abuse

    Akari_32
    Member

    I feed my 130 pound, almost 11 year old rott mix 2.5 cups a day (it does say he should eat about twice that, however). So what the calculator came up with may not be too far off if you did it correctly. Just tweak how much you feed him until you find what works. I’d probably start with 2-2 1/2 cans a day if he’s moderately active for an older dog. My guy just lays around all day, only getting up for food or potty breaks. He’s extra lazy, even for a senior dog LOL

    #59872 Report Abuse

    pugmomsandy
    Moderator

    How many calories is she eating currently of dry food? You could start by feeding her the equivalent in wet food.

    • This reply was modified 4 years, 8 months ago by  pugmomsandy.
    #59877 Report Abuse

    Dena v
    Member

    Her dry food is fromm

    It says
    CALORIC CONTENT41681,894 kcal/lb404 kcal/cup

    she eats 2 1/2 cups a day. Although a little less lately.

    I can’t even figure our how much calories she eating now cause I don’t know which numbers to use to multiply and figure out.

    #59878 Report Abuse

    pugmomsandy
    Moderator

    She’s currently getting 1010 calories per day of kibble. That would be 3 cans of Merrick Senior wet. You can feed her regular adult Merrick wet with more calories per can so you can feed less cans.

    #59879 Report Abuse

    Dena v
    Member

    Fromm reads..

    4168 kcal\kg
    1894 kcal\lb
    404 kal\cup

    It ran together when I copy and pasted earlier.

    #59880 Report Abuse

    Dena v
    Member

    Ok I will feed 3 cans thanks.
    I checked the regular kind and instead of being able to feed less they have the same calories so it says to feed them more. So it be the same for her.
    Thanks so much!!!

    #59881 Report Abuse

    pugmomsandy
    Moderator

    Or you could do one can plus a rounded 1/3 cup of kibble twice a day which would be at least 930 calories per day depending on how rounded your 1/3 cup is. But 2 cans and one cup total for the day is 1068 which is a little too much.

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    Dena v
    Member

    Thank you so much!

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