Average Calorie Content in Dog Foods
It has been some time since I have published updated statistics on key dog food indicators and today’s post will do this, focusing on the average calorie content in dog food. I used our pet food database, which currently consists of near 3,000 dog foods along with their calories, ingredients, macronutrients, and more. Using this data, I can determine the average caloric profile of dog food, and a lot more as well, (which I will share in the coming weeks).
How Many Calories, on Average, are in a Cup of Dog Food?
A shown in the picture below, the average caloric content of a cup of dog food is markedly different for dry and wet foods. Dry foods are 52 % higher in calories than wet foods: the average calorie amount for 8 oz. of dry food is 395 kcals vs. 260 kcals for wet.
Having run these kind of numbers before, I am not surprised that dry dog foods are so much denser in calories than are wet.
Why is Dry Dog Food More Popular than Wet Dog Food?
A primary appeal of dry food is that it is a lot cheaper (normally) than similar wet food recipes. One of the reasons that dry food is cheaper is due to its greater caloric density, which means that all else equal, the dry food will last long. It will simply take a smaller amount of food to satisfy the calorie requirements of the dog.
The other major appeal of dry food is that it is more convenient than wet food. Why is dry food more convenient than wet food? For a few reasons that I can think of:
- Dry food is easier to store than wet food
- Dry food is less messy than we food
- Dry food can be purchased in large bags which reduce the trips to the store (or online ordering)
In next week’s post, I will compare the average macronutrient profile (e.g. protein, fat, and carbohydrates) for dry and wet foods. Like with calorie amounts, the numbers are significantly different.