If you have a dog that consumes a lot, he or she is going to need a lot more energy drinks.
The number of energy drinks sold in Australia increased by over 500 per cent in 2016, according to new research.
“A lot of the dogs and cats in our community are eating a lot less energy drinks, but also the energy drinks themselves,” Dr Anne O’Connor, a lecturer in nutritional science at the University of Sydney, told the ABC.
And it’s not just the amount of energy they are consuming.
Dr O’Connor said a dog’s energy needs may be different from a cat’s or a dog in that it may have a greater need for energy.
Dogs and cats need to consume more calories than humans to keep up with their metabolic rate, and the amount they consume can vary depending on their age, breed, weight, height, size, and genetics.
According to the National Energy Council, energy drinks contain about 70 per cent more calories per gram than the amount you could get from eating meat, beans and pulses, for example.
Energy drinks, which can be found in most supermarkets, can be as much as $8.50 for a 12-ounce bottle, or $8 for a 30-ounce, according the Energy Nutrition Institute.
It’s worth noting that some energy drinks are available with no added sugars, which are considered to be healthy, according Mr O’Brien.
A study published in the journal Nutrition in 2015 found that the average dog and cat’s caloric intake was between 5 and 9 grams, and that some dogs consumed up to 14 grams per kilogram body weight.
But the average human’s daily energy intake is around 20 kilograms.
Dr O ‘Connor said some dogs are consuming more energy than other dogs because of their genes.
“[Dogs] may be consuming more calories because they have the genes for it,” she said.
She also suggested that dogs may need more energy because they are less active.
Some dogs are more likely to be overweight, overweight, obese, or have a genetic predisposition to obesity.
If you have any questions about energy drinks or diet, please contact Dr Anne at [email protected] or 1800 659 644.