High-protein dog food has been formulated for those dogs with specific nutritional needs. We must distinguish, on the one hand, grain-free feed or food, from those especially expressed as high in protein.
The nutritional requirements of a dog vary according to several factors. The age or vital moment, physical activity that you perform daily, health status, and possible diseases that you may suffer, the breed to which you belong, and your weight will make the animal’s nutritional needs change.
So what kind of dog is high protein food aimed at? We show it to you!
What is high protein dog food?
Although the dog is an optional carnivore, whose primary source of energy has an animal origin, not all components of its diet have the same percentage of proteins. Thus, whether we feed a dog with a BARF diet or with conventional products, such as feed or canned food, the concentration of proteins can vary.
High-protein dog food is one that has at least 30% protein. This type of food is aimed at dogs with specific pathologies or lifestyle:
- Working dogs (police dogs, rescue dogs, etc.).
- Sports dogs.
- Races or crosses with a lot of muscle mass.
- Dogs with obesity.
Although a dog is not included in any of these categories, it does not prevent him from carrying this style of feeding, since it is the most successful for a hungry animal.
Benefits of high protein dog food
Foods with a high concentration of proteins make the types of dogs named above stay healthy. Protein is the basis of dog food; its deficit can produce nutritional deficiencies that will lead to avoidable pathologies.
Some of the benefits of high protein food for our dogs are:
- High digestibility. The digestive system of the dog is designed to digest meat, so this type of food is the one that will best promote digestion and intestinal health.
- They improve bacterial flora. The microorganisms that inhabit the intestines of animals are essential for health.
- Maintains muscle strength and prevents deterioration of muscles in very active dogs.
- Despite what many believe, protein-rich foods do not predispose our pet to kidney disease, nor do they make it worse if they already have it. The severe problem of this condition is the use of ultra-processed and low-quality foods that deteriorate the health of the dog.
- A diet high in protein and low in carbohydrates – difficult to digest by dogs – helps weight loss in those dogs with obesity.
Are all proteins the same?
If we are thinking of feeding our pet with a high protein feed, it is essential to understand that not all proteins have the same biological value.
The biological value of a protein is established according to its ability to incorporate into existing proteins in the body, that is, how easy it is to absorb and assimilate.
For our dog to take a diet high in quality proteins, we must observe the origin of this and the processing suffered. Therefore, although the feed is formulated with delicious quality meat, the extrusion process causes it to decrease.
On the other hand, if the origin of proteins is vegetable, such as soybeans, it will not be a good option for a dog. The best proteins are those that are digested from fresh foods and little or nothing processed.