Daily Energy Requirement: How to Calculate it for your Pekingese

 


Daily Energy Requirement: How to Calculate it for your Pekingese

The daily energy requirement of an animal should correspond to the sum of its thermogenesis, normal resting energy expenditure and its energy required during physically active state. The former is affected by factors such as body composition, size and environmental parameters. While the latter is affected by his physiological state such as ageing, growth, lactation/pregnancy. Obesity represents the most common form of malnutrition which is usually encountered in small animal practices, this is mainly the result of — yes you got it right — overeating. In other words, your pet’s energy intake has exceeded at his energy requirement which lead to fat storage. In order to overcome such phenomenon, it is important you define your dog’s daily energy requirement.

The nutritional requirements of your dog greatly vary from that of ours; so you shouldn’t be feeding your pets as you feed yourself! Your pet’s daily diet should include energy and balance on all the nutrients that is essential to their health. Us humans are omnivores, with a physiology and anatomy capable to digest various foods including veggies, fruits and meat. A dog only has a specific population of intestinal bacteria which greatly varies than that of a human. This is only one reason why your pet has sensitive digestion and why it is a mistake to assume that your pet can be fed like a human being.  And in order for your pet to remain healthy and fit through many year, his diet must be able to satisfy all of his needs, avoiding any excess nor any deficiency.

Daily Energy Requirement

There is a useful tool that can help you calculate it more easily. You can find it here.

Additional Tips

  • Calorie intake for Pekingese dogs depends on their age. Young dogs require food that has high energy value. They need more calories than that of an adult. Young pups also need special diet that would satisfy their nutritional need in order to build strong muscles and bones.
  • Do not overfeed. Overfed puppies would only become obese and it would be a problem later on. Diabetes, joint problems and high blood pressure levels are just some of the negative effects of obesity.
  • If you can already see that your Pekingese has reached his maximum weight potential, continue with adult dog foods that are high in protein, calories, mineral, vitamins and with reduced fat content.
  • If you want to cook food for your pet, be sure that it has adequate meat with added veggies like carrots, young peas, cabbage, etc…

Warning:

You should never give your Pekingese spicy or fired foods and sweets. Pekes and other dogs love chocolate but this is toxic for them so, do not give him one. Be reminded that a handful of chocolate is enough to kill a small dog like your Pekingese.

As a pet parent, you should be able to know what is your pet’s daily energy requirement and feed him accordingly. Every breed has a different requirement and energy levels, be sure to know that you are well aware about your dog’s background. Being knowledgeable about such important things can be helpful to both you and pet in the long run.

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