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Canine Nutrition Basics


To keep bagged treats fresh — and make it a little more difficult for the diligent treat-hound to score — keep the bags sealed. If the seal doesn’t work (often they don’t), use heavy-duty zip lock–type bags or store them in glass or ceramic containers with tightfitting lids.

Dogs love variety, and with the wide array of treats on the market, it’s easy to find a selection that will satisfy most co-pilots.



This article first appeared in The Bark,
Issue 66: Sept/Oct 2011
Claudia Kawczynska is The Bark's co-founder and editor in chief. thebark.com
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Submitted by Debby | October 2 2011 |

The calorie calculation has been reported incorrectly. First, you do not clarify if the calculation should use pounds or kilograms for the weight of the dog. It must be in kilograms. Secondly, you have reported that the weight should be multiplied by 0.75. If you go to the chart at the link you provide, it is clear that you must raise the weight of the dog (in kilograms) to the 0.75 power. If you do the calculation this way, you will get the same kilocalorie values that are in the chart.

For example, for a 40 lb dog, do the calculation this way:
40 lb / 2.2 lb/kilogram = 18.181818182 kg
18.181818182 ^ 0.75 = 8.8049720738
8.8049720738 * 125 = 1100.6215092
which is (within rounding error) the same as the 1099 that is in the chart on the link. I did not round for the purposes of people being able to follow the calculations.

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