How much food does my dog need? If you can find a straight calories, carbs, etc. answer that doesn't need vast amounts of complicated math, I will be forever in your debt.
My dog Django
(you may recognize him from such previous questions as this
) is currently eating an extremely limited ingredient diet: specifically, he's eating ground turkey and sweet potatoes that I cook for him. This has been the only thing, after several years of various other attempts including a raw meat diet, a commercial grain free diet and so on, that has actually completely cleared up his ear infections once and for all. Naturally, I'm therefore reluctant to take him off this diet but I'm worried that a) it's not nutritionally complete and b) that he's not getting enough.
He's losing weight, which is a Very Good Thing, since he was extremely obese and he's got a lot more energy, which is Not an Unmixed Blessing, since he's always had more energy than anyone else in the household. These seem like good signs but I worry that he's losing weight too fast or that he'll lose too much. He weighed 85 pounds when we started this; he should weigh about 55 pounds and he has lost 10 or 12 pounds in the last 6 - 8 weeks, so he's now about 75 pounds. Exact numbers are not really available: you try to hold a wiggling 75 pound dog on a bathroom scale and get back to me.
I've found a lot of information online but I haven't been able to find a clear guide as to exactly how much food a 55 or so pound Springer Spaniel should eat every day, assuming that, as in a human diet, he should be eating enough for his ideal weight, not for his actual weight. Usually I cook up two pounds of turkey and four largish sweet potatoes along with about a cup and a half of water. This comes to about 6 - 7 cups of food. I mush it all together and give him roughly a third of this mixture each day, which is to say about 2/3 a pound of meat per day. Is this enough protein? Enough calories in general? What about other vitamins?
My vet has not been involved in this process although she's the one who set me on the trail of food allergies in the first place and suggested the grain free food. He's up to date on all his shots and very healthy and honestly I do not have the $100 it would take for an office visit just to get some reassurance and calorie numbers. So I would vastly prefer to leave the vet out of this.