It has come to my attention that more and more customers are inquiring about the calorie content in our raw BARF World diets. Maybe the obesity problem is becoming rampant and people are beginning to pay attention to the ever increasing weight problems we face in this country. We receive more and more calls each day from customers that are wanting advice on how to control their dogs weight. So obviously they are asking us to supply them with the calorie content of our diets.
We are in the process of re-designing our new website and on this new site will be all the needed calorie levels for each of our diets.
The importance of knowing this information is that you can then control the energy balance. An energy imbalance occurs when an animal’s daily energy consumption is either greater or less than its daily requirement, leading to changes in growth rate, body weight, and body composition. It is more common in dogs and cats to have an excess energy intake. This over consumption or energy has been shown to have several detrimental effects on dogs- especially the large and giant breeds. Feeding growing puppies to attain maximal growth rate appears to be a significant contributing factor in the development of skeletal disorders including hip dysplasia.
Energy surplus also contributes to fat cell hyperplasia. Over feeding at a young age generates an excessive number of fat cells which can predispose an animal to obesity later in life. Adult dogs and cats with an energy surplus leads to obesity and the medical complications associated with this condition. On the contrary, an inadequate energy intake results in reduced growth rate and compromised development in young dogs and cats and in weight loss and muscle wasting in adult pets.
Therefore you can see the importance of monitoring the proper feeding amounts for the various stages of the animals life. Obviously more food is required during the initial stages and as they develop the food requirement needs to be reduced. Many factors come into play in determining the proper level such as exercise, breed, general activity level, and pregnancy conditions. Knowing the amount of calories in the food and the daily required amount of calories are two important pieces to the puzzle. We outline rule of thumb feeding directions on our Barf Diets but it is the responsibility of each guardian to monitor the weight and growth conditions and make adjustments as needed based on the activity levels and other factors.
Robert Mueller, BSc, Pharm. is a registered pharmacist, author of “Living Enzymes: The World’s Best Kept Pet Food Secret”, and co-developer of BARF World’s BARF diets patties, nuggets and supplements – the first company to make the Biologically Appropriate Raw Foods (BARF) diet conveniently available to animals everywhere. He and his wife love to travel around the world with their dog, Moxie – a Yorkshire Terrier/Maltese mix. For more articles like these and to learn more about the benefits of raw food for your pets, sign up for “The Intelligent Pet” monthly e-zine at www.barfworld.com.