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I want to know how many calories a less active senior dog

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I want to know how many calories a less active senior dog needs a day. She is a 12 year old cocker & has recently had a leg amputated. She currently weighs almost 26 pounds but the vet told me she needs to weigh about 22 - 23 pounds.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
The daily energy requirement for healthy, inactive, senior dogs with a desired weight of 22-23 lbs is 433-448 kcal. A desired weight of 26 lbs would necessitate 491 kcal and so you can see that you'll need to reduce Bubbles's caloric intake by 58-43 kcal or an average of ~10%. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
If she has tape worms does she need more calories? I have given her medicine for them but not certain the medicine worked.
Also, she has pancreatitis which I think we caused trying to entice her to eat when she was on Chloramphenicol (we had to discontinue it was making her too ill). If we caused it by feeding her high fat stuff, does it eventually go away with her new low fat diet?
Thank you for the info!
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
No. Tapeworms aren't considered a significant problem unless present in egregious numbers. Yes, pancreatitis is expected to abate - often within a week - and feeding low fat diets appears to be helpful in preventing relapses.You're welcome. I can't set a follow-up in this venue so please return to our conversation - even after rating - with an update at your convenience.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

I'm just following up on our conversation about Bubbles. How is everything going?

Dr. Michael Salkin

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