No Stinkin' Leashes Moderator
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: SF Bay Area
Orijen is a great food. But whatever you decide to switch to, as long as your puppy is at a good weight for her size (lean but not overly skinny, not chunky), she's probably getting an appropriate amount of calories. The recommended feeding guide is just that, a guide. So you can either start there and adjust as necessary based on her condition, or you can do a simple calculation to figure out how many cups of the new food will equal the same number of calories that she's currently getting of the old food.
The Kcals per cup should be on the bag, and you can also look it up online. Just multiply the number of cups she eats each day by the kcals to get the total number of calories. Then divide that by the Kcals per cup of the new food. Very simple.
For example, if she's eating 3 cups a day of a food with 350 calories per cup, that's 1050 calories a day. If you want to switch her to a food with 400 calories a cup, you'd divide 1050 by 400 and get 2.625, which would be the number of cups you would need with the new food.
If she's eating a food with 450 calories and you want to switch to a food with 400 calories it would look like this:
450 x 3 = 1350 calories per day
1350 divided by 400 = 3.375 cups
Keefer 8/25/05-4/24/19 ~ The sweetest boy
Halo 11/9/08-6/17/18 ~ You left pawprints on our hearts
Dena 9/12/04-10/4/08 ~ Forever would have been too short