How Much Protein Does Your Pooch Really Need?

As a savvy pet parent, you’re probably aware that dog nutrition is a hotly-debated topic.
In fact, how much protein your dog needs may be one of the most misunderstood elements of a dog’s diet. If your dog doesn’t get enough, he may be lethargic or his coat won’t be shiny and healthy.

Too much and your pet can develop kidney issues or is that incorrect? We’ll get to how much protein is ideal for dogs and the truth behind the kidney correlation in a minute.

First, let’s look at a dog’s genetic make-up.

Technically, dogs are classified as omnivores and this means they don’t NEED animal protein to survive. Many lower end kibble manufacturers have taken this to heart and developed corn-based foods that don’t have much protein in them at all.
In fact, if your pet’s food shows “crude protein” on the label rather than a named protein source (like salmon, chicken, beef, etc.) then it’s likely a mishmash of lower end protein sources that may not include much – if any – meat.

A High Quality Protein Source is Essential


You’re a concerned pet parent or you wouldn’t be reading this. It’s quite possible that you’re pretty knowledgeable about dog nutrition – in particular, protein. But in case you’re not, let’s have a quick recap.

Protein is an essential building block for muscle. It has 22 amino acids that help your dog grow and develop throughout his life, even contributing to a healthy immune system.

Protein is packed with important amino acids which your pet can only get from his food. A deficiency in these amino acids can cause health problems like epilepsy or seizures.

However, the type of protein is important. There are good sources like actual meat and not so great sources like hair and feathers which your dog won’t be able to digest.

You’re probably thinking that all makes sense, but can dogs get too much protein? After all, you may have heard of too much protein causing kidney problems.

What’s The Origin of This Belief?

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Several years ago, there were studies done on rats. These studies indicated too much protein could cause kidney problems. Yet, there are no similar studies that have been conducted on dogs that I’ve found.

What I did find is that if you have a healthy dog, your pooch can eat as much protein as you give them – really. They’ll simply either expel the extra or store it as fat.

Now, if your dog DOES have a liver or kidney problem, then you’ll obviously want to consult with your veterinarian as that’s an entirely different issue.

But if you have a healthy dog, the amount of protein needed is related to your dog’s age and activity level.
Does that make sense?

How Old Is Your Dog? 

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You’re right if you’re thinking puppies need higher levels of protein. Their bodies and minds are still developing so everything works a little harder.

Puppies do best if around 28% of their diet is made of protein. That’s 10% more than the average adult dog who thrives at 18%.  As you can imagine, highly active working dogs need a lot (25%) and nursing moms need as much as puppies at 28%.

Here’s How to Discover How Much Protein Your Dog Gets

At this point, you’re probably wondering how much your dog is getting. Is he getting too much or too little?

The answer is on your dog food label.

You may already know that food labels are based on weight. In other words, a label that shows x amount of protein or fat is giving you an idea of how much is in the food. I say “an idea” because you may notice it’s listed as a minimum.

As you know, high quality meat is the most expensive ingredient and dog food companies have minimum requirements to meet when it comes to nutrition.protein need of dog

If you want to feed your dog a higher quality kibble, look at the label to see if the first ingredient is chicken or beef or some other protein source, next you want to see if it’s backed up with meal of the same type.

Chicken meal is basically a powdered version of the meat and bones and helps make the food more filling.

After all, think of cooking chicken for yourself. It has a lot of water weight doesn’t it? And you probably know that water weight is heavy and water isn’t terribly filling.

Now think if you made chicken stew and intentionally overcooked it. You let the water cook away and then bake what’s left and let it dry it. That’s roughly the process of rendering and is called “meal.”

IF you used good ingredients to start with – like an actual chicken – you end up with a protein source that’s actually more protein rich than the original chicken.

That’s the same principle of how our Pet Snacks treats get their potency. Except we start with some of the highest quality protein in the world…Kangaroo Meat. And because they are dehydrated, not cooked, they are a super potent source of protein and maintain nutritional density.

Our treats are all natural Kangaroo meat and have a tonne of health benefits including:

Allergen Free

  • Kangaroo meat does not contain common allergens found in store bought treats like grains, soy and preservatives which cause itching and infections. Out treats can even reverse environmental allergy symptoms.

High In Omega 3’s

  • Essential for maintaining healthy skin, coat and strong immune system. Omega 3’s also improve cell and brain function wile lowering inflammation.

Highly Digestible

  • Roo meat highly palatable, and easily digested by dogs which is perfect for dogs with sensitive stomaches. No more worries about upset tummies.

Single Ingredient Protein

  • Which means no fillers, toxic additives, preservatives or nasty bi-products. Unlike store bought treats, our Fillets are not processed with grains and binders.

Promotes Healthy Joints

  • With the wide variety of essential vitamins and nutrients, Recent studies have shown that wild Kangaroo meat itself has a lower inflammatory response when compared to traditional farmed meats like beef

If your looking for the best possible health for your loved one, try Pet snacks Kangaroo meats pet treats today!

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