Food Calculator | Merrick Pet Care

The Dog Food Calculator was designed to be used for adult dogs only not for puppies
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How do I determine my dog’s activity level based on the categories you have listed on your site in the dog food calculator? Typical, Active, Overweight, Highly Active, Senior-neutered, inactive? I have 4 dogs and the only one I can be sure I have the correct category is my beagle – she is 9 yrs old, and spayed so I chose Senior for her but what about my 6 yr old Golden Retriever mix – he is neutered and is still very active and very slender? Or my 3 yr old American Bulldog Mix – she is spayed, has some problems with her hips where they are set too high and is slightly overweight? Or my mixed breed terrier puppy (has some pitbull in him) who is neutered and 7 months old? How can I pick the correct activity level so I make sure I am feeding all 4 of them the correct calories in a day to get them to their ideal body weight?
The Dog Food Calculator was designed for adult dogs only — not for puppies. And it should never be used for pregnant or lactating females.
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I created the dog food calculator for my own personal use when I was searching for food to feed Hank when he was a puppy. Hank has some food intolerance issues and thus I needed to do trials on many different foods, but I wanted to make sure they had acceptable levels on a per calorie basis to the more traditional kibble fed to Giant Breeds. But the main factor behind its creation came from when I was reading the Michigan State study which mentioned the following: The Dog Food Calculator was designed for adult dogs only — not for puppies. And it should never be used for pregnant or lactating females.
Photo provided by FlickrThe Dog Food Calculator was designed for adult dogs only — not for puppies. And it should never be used for pregnant or lactating females.
Photo provided by FlickrThe Dog Food Calculator was designed for adult dogs only — not for puppies. And it should never be used for pregnant or lactating females.
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NOTE: This dog food calculator is designed for adult dogs only. For puppies, pregnant, and nursing dogs, please refer to the recommended feeding amounts that are printed on the bag of dog food.I have an 9 month old Great Dane. Vet has recommended a 23-24% protein as evidently Danes can be adversely affected by too much protein (Wobblers or bone disorders). So I am feeding Precise Holistic Complete Large Giant Breed puppy food. Bag recommends 6 cups for his weight. But he is thin and vet says to feed more….. If I feed him 9 cups per day, is he getting too much protein? or is dog food calculated that way? I am soooo confused.You don’t have the kcals of your food listed. You have to look @ the kcal of your food both wet and dry and put those into the calculator to get a guideline of how much you should feed. All calculators are a guide, not exact. Also this calculator is for adult dogs, not puppies.The calculator is very easy to use once you’ve got it figured out. Enter your pups weight and click enter. Enter your pups active level and click enter. Then, enter the number of kcals per cup ~ you’ll find that information on your bag of food, then click enter – NOT reset. However, this calculator is for adult dogs and not puppies or pregnant or lactating females.