Homemade Dog Food Calorie Calculator

Calculate Calories (Kcal) and your dog's energy requirement (DER)
By Claudia Kawczynska, August 2016, Updated June 2021

It's important to know how many calories (kcals) your dog consumes daily. Check out this easy-to-use calorie (kcal) calculator, also available at thebark.com/calories (Don’t forget to figure in the calories from their treats too.) There are countless recommendations, formulations and opinions with regards to which approach works best for weight loss. Read up on our simple and straight forward approach to dog weight loss and management which works well for most dogs.

Try out our dog calorie (kcal) requirement estimator and dog food recipe calorie web-app. We are hoping that these calorie based web-apps will come in handy for you to try your hand in cooking for your dogs. When preparing food for your dog you can make all the meals for your dogs, or simply add home cooked meals as a supplement to the manufactured food depending on calorie needs.

Researchers found dry dog foods making weight management claims ranged in calorie density from 217 to 440 kilocalories per cup (kcal/cup), and that the recommended intake ranged from 0.73 to 1.47 times the dog’s resting energy requirement.