How Much Food Is Right for Your Pet?Calculate Now

How Many Calories Does My Dog Need?

Updated: 12/21/20231-2 minutes
How many calories hero

Your Dog’s Energy Level

Is your dog always ready to run and play? Or is he more of a back porch napper? Dogs' energy levels vary greatly, and consequently, so do their dietary needs. For example, a toy dog living in an apartment requires fewer calories than a farm dog who spends the day playing and running outside.

Things to Consider

It's important to consider your dog's size, breed, age and activity level when determining his daily caloric needs.

Choosing the Right Food

All of our foods come with feeding instructions to help you properly feed your dog depending on his size, but certain types of dogs may require specialized foods to help them maintain an ideal body condition.

Make a Trip to the Veterinarian

Consult your veterinarian if you have concerns about your dog's diet. You can also ask for recommendations on amounts and types of food, and feeding schedules.

Helping your dog achieve a healthy energy level doesn’t take luck. All Purina commercial pet food is complete and balanced and will contribute to your dog’s overall health, along with regular exercise and attention to any of your dog’s special needs. 

We hope this overview helped you better understand your dog’s energy needs. 

Related articles

woman kneeling down to pet miniature schnauzer dog
What is glucosamine and is it good for dogs? Learn more about glucosamine from Purina’s dog care experts, and discover how it benefits joint health for dogs.
Christmas Holiday Dog Treat Gifts
hero-image
Man sitting chair with cat and dog and a phone with the Pet Feeding Guide app displayed

How Much Food Is Right for Your Pet?

Get a personalized feeding guide for your dog or cat from Purina’s nutrition experts.