How We Did It…
The SlimDoggy App was created with our yellow Lab Jack as the initial ‘case study’, to obvious great success. That said, we relied on industry leading research studies and some amazing people to make this project a reality.
We did extensive research and consulted with several veterinarians in order to refine our methodologies and make sure that our approaches are sound. We researched and collected, by hand, food calories and ingredient lists for almost 2,000 dog foods and treats to compile the most extensive dog food database currently available with ingredients and comparison data so that you can really examine what you are feeding your dog.
Primary Research Source
Many of our calculation methodologies are based on the The Waltham Centre research as presented in their seminal Paper: Waltham Centre for Pet Nutrition (1999), Canine Life Stages and Lifestyles, The Waltham Course on Dog and Cat Nutrition.
According to the Waltham baseline calculations, the daily calorie requirement of a dog depends on its weight and activity level as shown below.
|Dog activity Level||Estimated Daily Calorie Requirement|
90 x (weight)0.75
110 x (weight)0.75
125 x (weight)0.75
175 x (weight)0.75
We utilized and enhanced the Waltham baseline formulas to be more practical to use and to account for more precise exercise times.
We would not have been able to complete this work without the help of several veterinarian and veterinarian paraprofessionals.
In particular, world renowned orthopedic specialist Dr. Kenneth Bruecker DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVS, Board Certified Surgeon, provided guidance and advice on our methodologies and overall support of our concept; Pamela Dilley, RVT, CCRA, provided encouragement and ideas on both our App and canine fitness and rehabilitation science and techniques; and Dr Michelle Rose Internal Medicine, who’s simple MER calculator was used for initial calibrations and testing. Each of the aforementioned practice at the VMSG in Ventura California.
Dr. Ken Coscarelli, DVM, of Conejo Valley Vets, Thousand Oaks, CA also provided valuable advice and encouragement on how to improve our App.