April 27, 2018


That protein is an important part of any diet, canine or human, is a well-known and well publicized fact. In dogs especially, protein forms the building blocks of muscles, organs, bones and tissue. Dogs are omnivores by nature, which means that they can process both a plant based and a meat-based diet well. But to really thrive, a meat-based diet which is high on protein is the ideal choice for canines.

Many studies have suggested that dogs can metabolize as much as 30% of protein in their diet. Their kidneys simply excrete any excess amount of protein which is not utilized for their energy needs. This is not the case for other nutrients like carbohydrates and fats that simply get stored when in excess.

How much protein is ideally required in a dog’s diet? There are a number of factors that determine your dog’s need for protein :

  1. Age: one of the primary factors in deciding your dog’s protein requirement is the age of your furry friend. Puppies and young dogs have high energy and need more protein in their diet.
  2. Activity Level: If your dog has high levels of activity like hunting, sledging, army duties etc. you will need to feed them more protein. Older dogs with weak kidneys need lesser protein (about 18%) but other adult dogs do well on a moderate-protein diet.
  3. Quality of protein: Protein is probably the most important nutrient in a dog’s diet. But the quality of protein is an essential factor in deciding the ideal amount needed in a dog’s diet. Not all sources of protein are high in quality. Low-quality protein sources would mean that your dog needs that much more in quantity to make up for their nutritional needs. Premium dog foods like Now Fresh have high quality sources like duck meat, salmon and turkey that are rich in essential amino acids and the best source of proteins.

Many people fear that extra amount of protein can cause kidney damage in a dog. But the fact is that dogs have a high capacity of digesting large amounts of protein. When you judge a dog food on the supermarket aisle, you should first look for the protein percentage and source to decide whether it is a good fit or not.

Dogs are meant to be meat-eaters and thrive best when their diet has a high quality meat that fulfills their protein requirements. A protein percentage of minimum 18% should be available in your dog food bag. Dogs need some 22 essential amino acids for their essential body functions. Many of them are available only through proteins and cannot be synthesized in the body.

From good bones to shiny coat, proteins play myriad functions in canines and are truly the most essential nutrients in a dog’s diet.


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