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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 09-13-2019, 11:22 AM Thread Starter
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Switching to raw while dieting

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If I am dieting my dog, should I be using 2% of ideal body weight for their feedings? Or do I go slightly less while dieting? Spent hours searching but could not find anything relevant.
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 09-13-2019, 11:28 AM
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Think about calories instead of percentage. He may lose some weight just from the switching eliminating different fillers in dog food, but one simple way to figure it out is to use the amount of calories his recommended feeding amount is providing and go from there. There are some more detailed websites you can find to calculate the calorie needs of every dog, but when I've done that, it was a very close match to what the dog food companies put on the bags.

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Good idea. However, that has me a bit confused.

We are dieting on 1200kcal/day.

The metabolized energy for dogs of the raw food I am feeding is 2400kcal/kg

((1200kcal)/(2400kcal/kg))*(2.2lb/kg) = 1lb

Seems a bit low, no? I used to feed my dogs 2-lb or raw per day.
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Yeah, it does. I maintain my 6yr old at 80-85 lbs on 1600, but I'm mostly using a premix along with roughly 1lb of meat a day.

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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 09-13-2019, 12:09 PM Thread Starter
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I think my previous source for caloric requirements to lose weight was off. I should have not been dieting around 1200 calories. I just tried another calculator that said I should be dieting at around 1600 calories so I will be revising my feedings.
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To be honest, I'm more likely to up the exercise to lose weight unless its an older dog.
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I know I made my dogs FAT when I switched to raw and fed a lot of chicken. LOL I found turkey to be leaner (at least the necks) and then leaner cuts of other meats. Also, unless the dog is in pain or old, up the exercise.
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Yes, but given the unpredictability of our weather currently it is important that I maintain a calorie deficit so he is losing weight regardless. I was a bad owner and we have a long way to go but I intend on getting back on track for his health. Appreciate the assistance.
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