Introduction to Dog Nutrition | Body Condition and Calculating Energy Requirements

Assessing your dog’s weight and calculating how much food to feed can be very challenging! Today, I am going to walk you through how to assess your dog’s body condition and how to calculate caloric needs. We will also talk about some healthy snacks you can feed.

On a related note, many of our pets are overweight, or even obese. If you would like more information specifically pertaining to obesity, check out my other video at

For more information on which human foods to avoid and which are safe, check out my food safety video here:

My hope is to help make reliable information more available and accessible for pet owners, so if you have any topics that you would like me to talk about, please let me know in the comments below!

For more information, check out the links below:

World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) Body Condition Scoring

OSU Veterinary Medical Center Basic Calorie Calculator

How to read a pet food label

Nutritionix Track App – calorie tracker app

ASPCA: Healthy, Safe Snacks to Help Your Pet Slim Down

American College of Veterinary Surgeons: Cranial Cruciate Ligament Disease

Five Ways Being Overweight Can Harm Your Dog’s Health

Five Ways Being Overweight Can Harm Your Dog’s Health

Canine and feline obesity: a One Health Perspective

00:00 Intro
04:12. Body Condition Scoring (BCS)
09:52 Calorie calculations: Overview
12:37 Calorie calculations: Math equations
24:57 Healthy snack options


  1. Cynthia Hernandez on July 6, 2021 at 12:11 pm

    Thank you so much for this very helpful video! I’m currently studying to be an RVT and I am also getting a puppy within the next month so I’m definitely doing some doggie homework about feedings! Any suggestions/recommendations on food brands for a golden retriever puppy?

  2. Teri on July 6, 2021 at 12:12 pm

    This was so helpful! Thank you!

  3. Jeanette Sosa Arriola on July 6, 2021 at 12:29 pm

    I love your videos! Can you talk about glaucoma? I have a husky and one of her eyes has glaucoma. Thank you it is hard to find good information. 💕💕

  4. Morgan M on July 6, 2021 at 12:32 pm

    Can you recommend a site for homemade dog food? Recipes, how much to feed, how to calculate etc

  5. Dra. Thais Diniz Reis on July 6, 2021 at 12:32 pm

    Thanks very much. It was a very useful video.

  6. Yasmin Aquino on July 6, 2021 at 12:34 pm

    very informative and easy to follow!! I’m interested in giving my dogs homemade food and this a great intro to canine nutrition – thank you kindly for taking the time to make this video 🥰

  7. ValFeels on July 6, 2021 at 12:38 pm

    Thanks so much for this extremely helpful video!! Trying to gather all the information needed to make good choices for a new rescue pup coming to us in the next month !

  8. SYLVIA YEE on July 6, 2021 at 12:38 pm

    Thanks aa lot for your sharing on the above topic. What is your opinion on feeding dog vegan diet?

  9. Jodi Wong on July 6, 2021 at 12:54 pm

    Thanks for sharing this information this helps the furry family we have! The body condition level 1-9 was helpful. I’ve seen it on Instagram but didn’t know that it was vet approved charts! Keep up the amazing work!

  10. Dita Chapman on July 6, 2021 at 12:59 pm

    Thank you. I’m currently studying small animal nutrition and this video has really helped me.

  11. Stephanie Rose on July 6, 2021 at 1:06 pm

    Great video, super informative is there a cat nutrition video you may have

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