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High Protein Dog Food

If you have a pet dog, you must know how active your dog remains throughout the day.



These high activity levels need a lot of energy and nutrition to be sustained. Dogs require a high protein diet in order to remain healthy and active. However, though they do need large quantities of proteins, many dog owners make the mistake of over feeding protein rich foods to their dogs.
If you want to give your dog a wholesome diet, it is important to check the amount of proteins for dogs.



The kind of activity your dog performs largely determines the amount of protein you should feed it. Your dog’s requirement of protein also depends on the age and the gender of the dog. If you want to plan dog diet, you must take into consideration all these factors.

Protein Requirement for Dog

 

When the dog is young, it needs more amount of proteins than when it is older.



About 28% of a puppy’s diet should be protein. As the dog grows older, the protein requirement decreases to about 18%. This diet is for medium dogs. For smaller breeds, the protein amounts will be less, and similarly, for larger breeds, the amount of proteins will be more. If you have a racing dog or a performance dog, the protein consumption will be higher. Thirty-five percent of a racing dog’s diet should ideally consist of proteins. For performance dogs, about 25% of protein in the diet should be sufficient. When the dog is pregnant or lactating, protein needs increase. Your veterinarian will be able to tell you about the amount of proteins to be given to pregnant and lactating dogs.
If you have an older dog, or a dog that has a kidney disorder, it is best to give them easily digestible proteins. Many people tend to withhold proteins from the diet of a dog that has a kidney disorder. However, that is not advisable.

Dogs get a good amount of proteins from both dry packaged food and home-cooked meals. However, do not make the mistake of buying dog foods that claim to have large quantities of proteins. With high protein, your dog also requires other nutrients. It is also important for the dog to have good quality proteins rather than large quantities of proteins.
Dogs are easily able to digest chicken and lamb meat. Therefore, these sources of proteins should be preferred over other sources. Some of the high quality proteins that you can feed your dogs are eggs, beef, chicken, lamb, soybean, milk, and fish.

 
  Submitted on June 3, 2010