Feeding Guidelines - Transitioning Your Dog To Flint Flint Ranch

How Much to Feed ~ The Almighty Measuring Cup

Not all dog food are created equally. A cup from one brand might have more or fewer calories than the next. The quality of ingredients determines the quality of the calories. Choosing the best food for your dog is extremely important so that when you determine the caloric needs of your dog you can be sure you are measuring our his or her food properly.

NOTE: Always use a dry ingredient measuring cup for accuracy.

Calories

RER or Resting Energy Requirements can be calculated by multiplying the animal’s body weight in kilograms (30 x body weight in kilograms) + 70.

So for example: the RER of a 20 pound (9 kg) dog would be (30x9) + 70 or 340 (RER or Calories per day).

The RER is then multiplied by factors to estimate the pet’s total daily energy needs. Each dog’s requirements can vary by as much as 50% from calculated values. So this is only a start for estimating the amount of calories needed daily. The amount can be adjusted up or down depending on factors such as:

Using the RER, determine your dog's daily caloric needs based on the following calculations:

Using the example above, if a 20 lb dog is a spayed female with a normal activity level, her daily caloric requirement will be approx. 1.6 X 340 RER or 544 calories per day.

If she needs to lose weight, you'll want to feed 1 x 340 RER or 340 calories per day (minimum).

Remember this is just a guideline. Owners will always need to adjust caloric intake by taking into account all factors involving their dog’s age, growth, health and activity levels on a daily, weekly and monthly basis. It will become a matter of habit as you become more in tune with your dog’s daily health requirements.

Most dog food labels assume you will feed your dog once daily. I recommend you feed your adult dog twice per day. Puppies, and smaller or toy breeds may need to be fed three times per day. If you prefer to feed your dog twice a day, be sure to divide their daily amount in half so that both meals add up to the daily suggested calories.

Most important; use a dry measuring cup. Guessing your old coffee cup is 8 oz is not good enough.

Dog Food Labels

Most dog food labels assume you will feed your dog once daily. I recommend you feed your adult dog twice per day. Puppies, and smaller or toy breeds may need to be fed three times per day. If you prefer to feed your dog twice a day, be sure to divide their daily amount in half so that both meals add up to the daily suggested calories.

Most important; use a dry measuring cup. Guessing your old coffee cup is 8 oz is not good enough.

Switching to Flint River Ranch
Switching too quickly from any other brand to the more nutrient dense Flint River Ranch food may upset your dogs digestive system and can cause loose stool or diarrhea. Therefore, a gradual transition is recommended. Speeding up the process by mixing a bag of each food together for a 50/50 mixture can cause issues and you and your pet will most likely be dissatisfied with the results.

I suggest you slowly transition your dog over to Flint River Ranch for a period of no less than 2 weeks. Start with a small amount - perhaps 5 to 10% for the first few days and increase the mixture by about 5 to 10% each day. Keep a close eye on your dogs stool consistency. Any discernable change and you will want to go a bit more slowly and take a little longer.

Feed your dog twice a day. Have plenty of fresh water available. Feed an amount that will maintain your dog's weight. Following are suggested daily feeding amounts however, keep in mind your dogs breed, age and activity level determines the amount you should actually feed (my theory; all dogs deserve a waistline):

 

Because Flint River Ranch dog food products are high-density, you should feed 20-25% less than other foods. Each serving delivers the maximum nutrition without fillers, so you'll notice less stool volume and cleanup. Generally, you can free-feed dogs through their first year. Feed your adult dog once or twice daily. Quantities will vary based on the climate, breed of dog and activity level. You want to feed an amount that will maintain the dog's weight.

 

Keep in mind, when you feed a diet that is low in protein and fat, sometimes the pet will eat more than they should in order to satisfy their taste buds. Improper feeding is the greatest cause of a pet being overweight (along with those extra treats from the dinner table), not the protein content or quality of the food.