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High Protein Dog Food

For healthy growth and development, high protein food should be a part of your dog's diet. Proteins are building blocks which help in strengthening a dog's body. Read to know all about it.
Omkar Phatak
Last Updated: Jul 12, 2018
Dogs are very active creatures and they need a high protein diet to maintain that level of activity. However, care should also be taken that you don't overfeed them with proteins, as that can cause problems. A wholesome balanced diet should be designed for them.
The ideal amount of high protein food, that you can feed your dog, can be determined by his level of activity. The protein requirement of their body varies with age, their development stage, and gender.
Protein Requirement
Let us see the amount of proteins required by dogs, in various growth stages. This will give you an idea about the amount of high protein food, you can safely feed it. The fractional percentage of protein requirement mentioned here, can vary with different breeds, but consider these as the average values.
High protein diet is especially necessary for pregnant and lactating dogs. Those with kidney problems must be fed with an easily digestible protein diet, which will not tax their kidney a lot. Totally withholding proteins in the diet, if the dog has kidney problems, is not advisable. You can feed him low protein food.
Given below is the developmental stage/breed of the dog and the protein requirement for the same.
Puppy : 28%
Grownup Dogs : 18%
Racing Dogs : 35%
Performance Dogs : 25%
By having a look at the chart above, you must have gotten an idea about the requirement of proteins in dog food, according to age and level of activity. It will also help you to choose the right food, according to the amount of protein it contains.
Which are the Best High Protein Dog Foods?
Dog Food
Many people judge the quality of these foods, with the amount of proteins they contain. Such a product may not necessarily be the best for your dog, if it's not balanced with other nutrients, which satisfy his energy requirements.
Just the amount of proteins, that a food product contains, doesn't qualify it as good for consumption. Its effectiveness should be decided by how much of digestible protein is supplied through it. Lamb meat and chicken have proteins which are highly digestible, whereas, bone and meat are difficult to be digested.
Cereal, that is, corn-based foods should be given second preference, when you are looking for high protein foods, as they come with more carbohydrates, than proteins.
Overall, meat is the best food, that you can feed, as it can supply the 12 essential amino acids, that their bodies need from the diet. Most of the dogs thrive on meat.
If your dog has an allergy for foods with high proteins, like chicken and meat, then you need to be careful in such cases and try products from other sources, which he is not allergic to. In such cases, homemade food is the best choice.
Here is a small listing of foods which can be safely fed to your dog, to meet protein requirements.
  • Beef
  • Lamb
  • Chicken
  • Eggs
  • Fish
  • Soybean
  • Milk
  • Soybean Meal
Dogs require large amounts of protein for their overall development. See to it, that you feed it adequately.