I really tried to do the math on my own.. I promise! Calorie intake in supp. for dogs
First off.. I teach 1st grade. So I don't do much math on a daily basis past 120.
I have a boxer mix who's 3 and I just can't seem to keep good weight on her (she's about 60lbs right now, I'd like to see her at least at 65, she's much taller than a straight boxer). She's been to the vet for a full work up, no worms, no issues. She's just VERY high strung, always running, and eats like a horse (better than my horses actually...).
I did the grain free food, didn't seem to help. I tried oils, she didn't like them and they gave her the runs.
I got her some Nutri-cal that she LOVES, but each bottle is $11 and it only has about 2.5 doses for her size.
I'm trying to compare products to prizes to dosage sizes to doses per bottle and I think my head is going to explode.
I just want something I can supplement to her diet that will help her gain weight so I'm not just stuffing her face with kibble.
ChEck out Eukanuba Premium Performance line. They have a moderate (30%) protein with 20% fat which really helped out my high energy agility dog to keep healthy weight on. It's pretty calorie dense too, over 500kcal per cup. Designed for working/ hunting dogs but has some great benefits for hard keepers. I know some people aren't fond of grains and the like, but it worked for me.
I would avoid the grain-free foods for a thin, active dog; these kind of dogs NEED carbs to fuel themselves. I'd suggest feeding her a food designed for very active dogs- Native #4 and Dr. Tim's Momentum are both high-quality foods; slightly lower quality foods for active dogs are Diamonds Extreme Athlete and Eukanuba Premium Performance.
She might be just fine- see this body condition scoring chart:
truly you need to measure out what you feed in cups. It's how the manufacturers apply the calories to their foods.
Originally Posted by threedogpack
So if you give her 16 oz of what you feed now, it would be 740 and if you add in 1/2 cup of evo red meat, you would add another 263 which would total out at over 1000 calories per meal.
Yeah, pretty much what I was going for, too.
OP, I have two ~70 lb, high drive Ridgebacks that run and play a lot. They eat four cups each per day of Orijen 6 Fish or Orijen Red Meat, plus a couple squirts of fish oil.
That is about 2000 calories per day per dog.
Taste of the Wild is pretty low cal stuff. The blue bag (Pacific Stream?) is only 360 kcal/cup...the Orijen that I feed is 480 kcal/cup. If you go with something thats lower calorie, you have to feed a lot of it. If you don't want to do that, then you have to switch to something that is higher calorie. If you want to stick with it, there's really nothing wrong with feeding a lot of it.
But if you're looking to get your dog to 65 pounds, I'd aim to feed about 2000 kcal/day...which is going to be five and a half cups of what you're feeding right now.
I'd start worrying about bloat with that huge volume of dry kibble. Not to mention it may be difficult to get some dogs to eat that large of a volume.
Taste of the Wild is a weirdly formulated food- it has the ideal protein/fat/carbohydrate profile for an active performance dog, but it's ridiculously low in calories per cup for an active performance dog.