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For most of us, our pets are one of the most important things in our day to day lives. We rush home to make sure they can go out; we make sure we can be home around their feeding times and some of our pets need certain medications at certain times. How many of us have made plans to ensure these things happen in the event something happens to us?
Our routine in caring for our beloved fur children could be something as small as we’re going to be late but in the worst case what if something life altering happens like an emergency or even our death. Let’s talk about things you can do to plan on each of these levels.
Energy requirements are determined by several factors:
1. Body weight or size of the dog
It is evident that large dogs require more energy than small dogs. The body weight of the dog is, of course, the most important factor. It is important to know that energy requirements do not increase linearly. Small dogs have a higher metabolism and a relatively larger body surface (factor determining energy loss). Therefore, small dogs need relatively more energy as expressed per kg of body weight. The energy requirements for maintenance can be calculated with following formula:
ME = 132kcal X BW0.75
ME = metabolic energy requirement
BW = body weight in kg
(BW)0.75 = metabolic weight