How to Estimate the Right Serving Size for Your Dog
The verdict is in. And the results confirm what you’d always thought… Overweight dogs don’t live as long as normal weight dogs. According to a recent study published in a respected veterinary journal1overweight dogs suffer from a higher incidence of these life-shortening diseases…
- Oral disease
So, how much should you feed your dog to ensure his health?
Well, don’t just blindly follow the directions on a dog food package. That’s because manufacturers like to “hedge” by suggesting an overly broad “range” of serving sizes. For example, a bag of kibble might read… “for dogs from 5 to 15 pounds feed 1/2… to… 1-1/2 cups a day”. Wow. That’s a monstrously wide range… a 200% variation! It’s simply not precise enough. If you follow that advice you’ll be guessing. You could be significantly overfeeding… or underfeeding your dog. Misjudging a serving size by even a small amount… and then feeding that same amount day-in and day-out… multiplies the error. And it could have a devastating effect on your dog’s health.
Don’t Guess… Follow These Three Easy Steps
When deciding how much to feed your dog… never guess. Be scientific. Always calculate and measure.
Use the Dog Food Calculator and follow these three simple steps…
- Step 1 – Enter your dog’s ideal weight
- Step 2 – Select your dog’s life stage and activity level
- Step 3 – Insert your dog food’s “calories per serving”
Then, use a measuring cup or a scale… and feed the calculated amount. Of course, keep in mind… results are approximate. Certain breeds and conditions may require some adjustment. And please remember… the calculator assumes your dog is at or near his ideal weight. So, be flexible. If your dog appears to be overweight… or underweight… substitute something closer to “ideal” for your weight entry. By the way… the calculator is for adult dogs only. Puppies require their own special feeding program. Once again… never guess. Always measure each serving. And check your dog’s weight once a month or so. Over time, you’ll be glad you did.
Featured Breed: American Foxhound
One of America’s native breeds, the American Foxhound is also one of our rarest. This tall hound sports a close, hard coat that can be any color. The Foxhound in this country is used for four purposes, thus calling for hounds of a different characteristics: competitive field trial hounds and “trail” hounds (speed is most important), fox hunting hounds (slow workers with good voices), and pack hounds (15 to 20 hounds or more, used by hunt clubs and farmers).
Healthy Weight for : American Foxhound
Adult (7 months- 8 years): Male: 40-65 lbs. Female: 40-65 lbs.
Puppy (1-6 months): Male: 30-48.75 lbs Female: 30-48.75 lbs
Geriatric (over 8 years): Male: 42-68.25 lbs Female: 42-68.25 lbs
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When people lose weight and exercise with their pet cat or dog, they lose weight and keep it off. Did you know that 25 per cent of all pets in the US are overweight or obese – as well as 60 per cent of the human population? A team at Northwestern University has come up with the idea of having people and pets work at diet and exercise together.
In a comparison, the pets and people group lost more weight – and kept it off – than pets alone or people alone. Exercising with a pet – walking your dog, for instance – is a powerful motivator, it seems. People love their companion animals and want them to stay fit and healthy and at the same time feel motivated to lose weight themselves. The People and Pets Exercising together program, which the Northwestern group has put together allowed people to lose an average of five per cent of their body weight – an amount which is definitely beneficial to health. And the dogs in the program lost an average of 15.6 per cent of their body weight!
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We can’t emphasize enough the role that our better understanding the overall needs of our companion animals to help them live better plays today. Advances in veterinary care, better education with pet owners in understanding what makes for a healthy pet and even strides in understanding animal behavior have had a hand in that.
But what it really comes down to, according to a recent study, is the human factor.
The State of Pet Health 2013 Report fleshed out some interesting findings, including how far both dogs and cats have come in recent years in terms if their longevity, how advances and availability of specific kinds of preventative care have influenced the change — even whittling down which geographic regions where they have a higher quality of health and life.
The most compelling conclusion is that spaying and neutering pets plays a huge role in extending their healthy years.
Spaying and neutering have benefits besides helping to address the overpopulation problem.
For both unneutered male dogs and cats, they are more likely to be hit by a car or bitten by another animal. Intact dogs also have a higher rate testicular cancer. Females that are spayed benefit from the reduced risk of life-threatening diseases like mammary cancer (especially cats) and pyrometra.
Vaccinations, parasite control and dental care are three main areas of preventative care that have made an impact. The latter has had more emphasis in recent years, and isn’t important only to promote a healthy mouth — bacteria from inflamed gums and the pockets that that result can enter the bloodstream and affect major organs, like the liver, kidneys, heart, and lungs.
The report notes that factors like dogs living indoors and in a geographic region where disease rates (like Lyme disease and heart worm) may be lower risk, seem to contribute to longer lives. States in the south have high rates of heart worm because of heat and mosquitoes. In the northeast, Lyme disease is more prevalent because of disease-carrying ticks.
Here are other highlights from the 2013 State of Health Pet report:
Average Life Span
• 11.0 years for dogs nationwide.
• 12.1 years for U.S. cats.
• Dogs in Mississippi and Alabama lived 10.1 and 10.2 years, respectively–the lowest of any states.
• Cats had the shortest life spans in Delaware and Ohio, at 10.7 and 10.9 years, respectively.
• Dogs lived the longest in Montana and South Dakota (12.4 years).
• Feline longevity was highest in Montana (14.3 years).
• Most common canine diagnoses: dental tartar, ear infections, excess weight, skin infections and flea infestations.
• Top-five feline diagnoses: dental calculus, excess weight, flea infestations, gingivitis and ear infections.
• Almost one in four dogs and cats was overweight or obese.
• Arthritis diagnoses came at an average age of 9 for dogs and 12 for cats.
• Kidney disease was almost seven times more common in cats than dogs.
• Dental disease afflicted 91 percent of dogs and 85 percent of cats over age 3.
• The prevalence of diabetes in dogs doubled over the last five years.
Where They Live
While the medical diagnoses were remarkably uniform across the United States, a few geographic anomalies jumped out:
• Southern states such as Alabama, South Carolina and Arkansas recorded the highest prevalence of fleas on dogs.
• Fleas on cats were most common in Oregon, South Carolina and Florida.
• Dogs in Arkansas, Oklahoma and New Hampshire were most likely to have ticks.
• Cats in Eastern states such as Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Virginia were more prone to ticks.
• Heartworms were most common in dogs living in the Southeast.
• Dogs and cats in Alabama and Mississippi had the most trouble with tapeworms.
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