Protein for dogs: which are the best?

Constant exposure to the same protein source can cause food intolerances in dogs. This is why it is important to diversify.

Protein is one of the essential macronutrients in the diet of all living things. Their variety and balanced intake are of fundamental importance, especially in the case of proteins for dogs, whose consumption takes place through very specific formulations.

Protein is a fundamental component in animal nutrition. At the molecular level, they are made up of amino acids, functional elements for muscle development, for tissue repair and for energy supply. Therefore, you need to know which are the most efficient protein sources, since not all of them have the same biological value .

These macronutrients, available in a wide variety of foods of animal and plant origin, have differences in their amino acid composition. Therefore, while some amino acids are essential – since if they are not ingested the body is unable to synthesize them – there are others whose intake may be less important.

Much of the veterinary community agrees that the best proteins for dogs are those that come from meat. This does not mean that you should always give the dog only one type of meat. Indeed, varying the type of meat (beef, chicken, turkey, etc.) can be useful given the diversity and quality of the sources of origin of the various nutrients.

As for the administration of proteins of vegetable origin, they could be less suitable if you want to guarantee the animal an adequate consumption of essential amino acids.

The best protein formulations for dogs

Direct consumption of the protein source of animal origin is rather unusual in pets. In addition, it can sometimes be indigestible. Therefore, when buying, it is advisable to evaluate the protein composition of the different feeds.

This applies to a dog that does not have a particular food sensitivity and is able to ingest the most common formulations on the market. These include chicken, beef, turkey, lamb, rabbit and various mixes. Nonetheless, it is also true that most food allergies are due to the animal’s chronic exposure to the same source of protein.

To avoid digestive upset, experts recommend varying protein sources. In this way, in addition to guaranteeing the dog a varied, balanced and complete diet, the animal will be more stimulated to try new foods.

If for some reason the rotation of the feed is difficult, we advise you to choose the most varied and complete formulations possible. Also, eggs and fish can be very healthy options. Fish, in particular, in addition to proteins provides essential fatty acids such as omega-3s .

Sometimes, digestive sensitivity is due to the way food is prepared when using corn, wheat or rice flours. In these cases, if the animal eats the single food, cooked or not, usually it should not have any intolerances. Therefore, the analysis of the feed and the observation of the reactions of pets to its ingestion are essential to safeguard the well-being of our animals.

The recommended amount

Although proteins are essential for our dog’s life, their consumption must be balanced. Some marketing strategies of feed manufacturers rely on the high protein level of their formulations. However, veterinarians warn that overuse of these macronutrients can lead to kidney problems, especially in older or sick dogs .

The dose of protein must be adequate and combined with the rest of the essential nutrients. Any excess will be eliminated by the kidneys. The presence of yellow spots in the pet’s feces or weight gain may indicate excessive protein intake.

The secret to guaranteeing the dog a good nutritional intake and safeguarding its health is to provide the animal with a varied and balanced diet .

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