What is a kilocalorie? The calorie content of dog food is typically expressed as: Kilocalories, the calorie content listed as number of kcal per 100g, per pound, per cup or per can, depending on whether the food is dry or canned. The terms kilocalories (kcal) in pet foods and calories in human foods are interchangeable! For example, a large apple is 120 human calories which if fed to a dog is counted as 120 kilocalories.
All food must be accounted for including treats, tidbits and home cooked foods. Guess work and approximation prevent successful weight loss.
Weighing your dog's food on a digital scale is more accurate than using a measuring cup All dog foods vary in weight- so no two cups of dog food will weigh the same. Ensure you accurately measure the weight of your dog’s food portion on a pair of digital scales.
How Do You Determine How Much To Give Your Dog: Most dogs need 25-30 calories per pound to maintain their weight.
Let's use my dog Skylar (Dalmatian) for an example:
According to the AKC, Dalmatians are suppose to weight anywhere from 45-70 pounds. Skylar is a smaller Dalmatian than most and she weighs exactly 45 pounds and a bit on the skinny side. To maintain her weight she needs 1125 to 1350 calories a day.
Below are some links if you would like to learn more about
kcal and how to measure food https://k9weightchallenge.com/dog-weight-loss-resources/understanding-calorie-contents/