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Bark at the Park September 12

The Kansas City Royals are excited to host Bark at the Park again in 2018! This year’s four events will be held on April 24, May 30, August 15 and September 12, 2018. Bark at the Park gives you the chance to sit beside your canine friend while taking in an evening of Royals baseball. Please note that you must pre-register to attend Bark at The Park or to bring your dog into the stadium. Registration for the April 24 and May 30 events is now open!

We will have vendors on the concourse by the Hall of Fame but will NOT have a pre-game parade due to the weekday game date and timing of the event.

Bark at the Park August 15

The Kansas City Royals are excited to host Bark at the Park again in 2018! This year’s four events will be held on April 24, May 30, August 15 and September 12, 2018. Bark at the Park gives you the chance to sit beside your canine friend while taking in an evening of Royals baseball. Please note that you must pre-register to attend Bark at The Park or to bring your dog into the stadium. Registration for the April 24 and May 30 events is now open!

We will have vendors on the concourse by the Hall of Fame but will NOT have a pre-game parade due to the weekday game date and timing of the event.

Bark at the Park May 30

The Kansas City Royals are excited to host Bark at the Park again in 2018! This year’s four events will be held on April 24, May 30, August 15 and September 12, 2018. Bark at the Park gives you the chance to sit beside your canine friend while taking in an evening of Royals baseball. Please note that you must pre-register  to attend Bark at The Park or to bring your dog into the stadium. Registration for the April 24 and May 30 events is now open!

We will have vendors on the concourse by the Hall of Fame but will NOT have a pre-game parade due to the weekday game date and timing of the event.

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How Much Should You Feed Your Dog? Basic Steps to Estimate Energy Needs

How much should you feed your dog?

It depends on your dog’s age, breed, weight, activity level, and health status.  It also depends on the type and brand of food you are feeding.  Dog nutrition is complex, and that’s why you should always consult your veterinarian before starting any diet or exercise program with your pet.  Online feeding calculators and formulae for estimating your dog’s energy needs provide only a rough guide.  Only your veterinarian is qualified to make sound recommendations for your dog’s nutritional needs.

How much energy does your dog need each day?

There are many tools to help pet parents estimate how much energy their dog should get each day.  Whether you calculate by hand or use an online tool, there are two terms that you will need to understand.

Resting Energy Requirement (RER)

The resting energy requirement is the energy that your dog needs, at rest, to maintain current body weight.  The RER is calculated with the formula

70 x (body weight in kilograms)0.75

Where body weight in pounds/2.2 = body weight in kilograms (kg).

An easier way to estimate this is to convert your dogs weight in pounds  to kg (divide by 2.2). Multiply the weight in kilograms by 30 and then add 70.

Maintenance Energy Requirement (MER)

The maintenance energy requirement is the energy that your dog requires daily based on health status, neuter status, activity level, and other factors that influence metabolism.  Veterinary nutritionists have established several multipliers to the RER.  You may find a good list at the Ohio State College of Veterinary Medicine .  Note that this list includes multipliers for weight gain and weight loss as well as maintenance.

For pets, it’s customary to refer to energy as kilocalories.  That’s equivalent to the Calories (with a capital C) that are listed on the labels for human food.

Online calculators

You may find online calculators that will help you make these estimates.  The most comprehensive calculator tool out there is provided by the Pet Nutrition Alliance.   To use this tool, you will need to provide basic information about your dog.   This tool is for adult dogs only.

How much food does your dog need each day

It can be hard to know how much energy is in your favorite brand of dog food. That’s because dog food companies do not have to provide on the label the energy content of the food.  However, your dog food company should provide this information if you request it.  Many premium brands, like Pet Wants, now voluntarily list the amount of energy per cup on their label.  You may also find information about the number of calories in your dog food online. Kurgo.com is one place to find the energy content of many brands and types of dog food.

Most veterinarians recommend feeding twice daily.  To estimate the amount you should give at each feeding, in cups, divide half your dog’s MER by the number of kilocalories per cup of your dog’s food.

Always use a standard measuring cup, rather than a roughly cup-sized household object, to measure the amount of food you are giving your dog.  Even a few extra kibbles can add up to a lot of extra kilocalories when they are given at every meal.  You need a consistent measure to help you keep your dog’s diet on track.

Don’t forget treats!

If you give treats (and who doesn’t?), don’t forget to include treats in your dog’s kilocalorie count.  Don’t be fooled.  Even treats like rawhide chews may have up to 80 kilocalories per ounce!  Don’t feed over 10% of your dog’s recommended MER in treats each day. Tiny training chews make excellent low-energy treats.  Give them as a reward in place of a larger biscuit.

Feeling overwhelmed? Don’t be!

Still feeling confused about how much to feed your dog? There’s an easy way to get started that doesn’t require any calculations, web searches, or complicated math.  Measure the amount that you are feeding your dog each day in cups.  Look on your dog food label and find the recommended feeding amounts.  If your dog is overweight and you are feeding more than the recommended amount, gradually cut back over a couple of weeks to the lowest recommended amount.  If you feed this amount and your dog does not begin to lose weight, you may consider trying a weight loss (high fiber) diet.

It’s important to remember that dog foods are formulated to be nutritionally complete when fed as recommended.  This means that you should never decrease the amount of a dog food below the recommended amount on the label, unless instructed to do so when your dog is under veterinary supervision.

If your dog is underweight, make sure you are feeding at least the recommended amount.  Increase the amount gradually until your dog begins to fill out.  If your dog continues to be underweight, this could indicate an underlying health condition.  You should consult your veterinarian to rule out other problems.

 

PetWants Olathe is a sponsor of the Fit2BPawsome Challenge.  KC Pet Collective is not affiliated with Pet Wants and does not receive a commission on sales.

Get in the Wag-a-thon, Support Guides for the Blind, and Get Fit2BPawsome

Are you looking for ways to get motivated to exercise with your dog?  Join the Guiding Eyes for the Blind Wag-a-thon during the month of May.  Log 26.2 miles with your dog and raise money to support guide dog training.  What better way to get Fit2BPawsome?

Why Wag-a-thon?

Guiding Eyes for the Blind has been training guide dogs since 1954.  The group recently created a program to train dogs for running.  CEO Thomas Panek, who is himself blind, is a long-time runner.  He has completed a dozen marathons since he lost his sight in early adulthood, but never with the help of guide dogs.  He and his dog, Gus, made history this year by running as the first human/guide dog pair in a sanctioned race.  The pair completed a 5k in Central Park.

The group envisions making it possible for blind runners to complete marathons with the help of guide dogs.  Dogs aren’t built for steady distance running, and it will require 4 dogs for each runner to complete a marathon.

How it works

  • Sign up online and set up your fundraising page.
  • Make a plan to complete 26.2 miles during the month of May.
  • Post on social media
  • Finish by May 31
  • You’ll get incentives along the way and raise money for a great cause.  It takes an estimated $50,000 to train a guide dog for the blind.

Make it count

Joining the Wag-a-thon is a good way to stay motivated to keep your goals for the Fit2BPawsome challenge. You may take advantage of the 25% discount on the Babel Bark fitness monitor and app to track your miles.  Be sure to cross post your progress to the Fit2BPawsome Facebook group and on social media using  #Fit2BPawsome.

Video credit: Guiding Eyes for the Blind.

KC Pet Collective is not affiliated with Guiding Eyes for the Blind in any way. 

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