“There are multiple advantages to feeding a high-protein dog
food,” said Tim Hunt, DVM, owner of Dr. Tim’s Pet Food in Mar-
quette, Mich. “The first being that these foods more closely
resemble what the dog actually would eat in the wild.”
In addition, high-protein foods tend to be lower in
carbohydrates, which is more healthful for dogs, Dr. Hunt
added. This also can aid in weight loss for dogs, he said.
“Extensive carbohydrates tend to lead to excessive fat de-
posits; that’s where it goes with dogs,” Hunt said. “Also, dogs
tend to perk up on a higher protein food. I believe the activity
level of a dog can be encouraged nutritionally to some degree,
and protein is one of those nutrients that can accomplish this.”
Harder working dogs, such as sled dogs or herding
dogs, also can benefit from increased protein levels, said
Jenna Fortin, trade marketing manager for Petcurean Pet
Nutrition in Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada.
Because protein is an essential building block when it
comes to muscle, hair, skin and brain development, a high
protein diet also is of value for puppies, Hunt said.
“Higher protein doesn’t mean you are going to grow
a bigger dog,” Hunt added. “Protein is more for muscle
growth, and puppies need protein to maintain and grow
those muscles, just like an adult dog.”
“In most cases, I recommend a high protein food to
the owners with puppies, since they need this type of diet
to grow at a healthy rate,” said Chelsea Cassidy, assistant
manager for Anaheim Feed & Pet Supply in Anaheim, Calif.
“I have also recommended high-protein food for dogs with
high energy and the agility dogs, because they can work it
off very quickly in any of their high-energy activities.”
THE PERKS OF FEEDING A HIGH-PROTEIN FORMULA
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“while specific needs differ for
each animal, the advantages of
higher-protein levels include
improved muscle mass growth
and maintenance, and even weight
loss in obese animals.”— todd wigert, vice president of independent
sales for Natural Balance Pet Foods
Inc. in Burbank, calif.
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