From a pet, for a pet.
What us kitties and pooches eat every day is very important. A well planned and prepared diet can prevent many common health problems. Food can also affect our mood, which changes our overall health and how we deal with you humans! The more in depth information below shows you the basics of food therapy. It’s important to know that a "good diet” doesn't have to be an expensive diet. Some of the most expensive foods on the market have terrible ingredients and are almost no better than the cheap stuff. We, four-legged friends, have a hard time reading the complex labels on our food. Keep reading this page and Dr. Judy Morgan's Facebook, and she will tell you how to choose a good diet for us!
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WHY IS FOOD SO IMPORTANT?
Holistic medicine covers multiple facets, stressing the importance of looking at an animal’s whole life in treating an ailment or problem. Creating a holistic lifestyle plan for your pet can be a preventative measure to avoid health issues before they happen. Diet is incredibly important in this regard but commonly overlooked by many dog and cat owners.
Health foods, organics and "natural” eating are becoming very popular; and rightfully so. People are recognizing the importance of a balanced diet and avoiding preserved, synthetic, processed and pesticide ridden foods. We check the labels of food we eat and count calories, grams of proteins, carbohydrates, and other nutritional facts but completely ignore it when it comes to our pet’s food.
Basically, our pets are just like us. If you spend a lifetime eating garbage, it’s going to eventually catch up with you. It’s easy to spot your own trouble areas, but it can be harder to recognize what is unhealthy for your pet. My goal is to help educate all pet owners on how to formulate the healthiest possible diets for their animals. So let’s get started!
Home cooking guidelines for your dog.
Here is a chart so you don't have to do the math. The center column gives you weight of food to feed per day, based on 2 to 3% of body weight. The right column gives you number of calories to feed per day, based on 20 to 30 calories per pound of body weight.
Smaller dogs tend to eat amounts closer to the higher end of their range. Larger dogs tend to eat amounts closer to the lower end of their range. If your dog is very active, head toward the higher end of the range. If your dog is a couch potato, feed at the lower end of the range. If your dog is overweight, feed the amount at the lower end of the range for the DESIRED or optimum weight.
WEIGHT OF DOG/ AMOUNT OF FOOD/ CALORIES OF FOOD
5 pounds 1.5 to 2.5 ounces 100 – 150 calories
10 pounds 3 to 5 ounces 200 – 300 calories
15 pounds 5 to 7 ounces 300 – 450 calories
20 pounds 6 to 10 ounces 400 – 600 calories
25 pounds 8 to 12 ounces 500 - 750 calories
30 pounds 10 to 14 ounces 600 – 900 calories
35 pounds 11 to 17 ounces 700 – 1,050 calories
40 pounds 13 to 19 ounces 800 – 1,200 calories
45 pounds 14 to 22 ounces 900 – 1,350 calories
50 pounds 16 to 24 ounces 1,000 – 1,500 calories
55 pounds 18 to 26 ounces 1,100 – 1,650 calories
60 pounds 19 to 29 ounces 1,200 – 1,800 calories
65 pounds 21 to 31 ounces 1,300 – 1,950 calories
70 pounds 22 to 34 ounces 1,400 – 2,100 calories
75 pounds 24 to 36 ounces 1,500 – 2,250 calories
80 pounds 26 to 38 ounces 1,600 – 2,400 calories
85 pounds 27 to 41 ounces 1,700 – 2,550 calories
90 pounds 29 to 43 ounces 1,800 – 2,700 calories
95 pounds 30 to 46 ounces 1,900 – 2,850 calories
100 pounds 32 to 48 ounces 2,000 – 3,000 calories