Protein is one of the major component of the diet & supports your pet’s growth & development.
Protein Requirement as per your pet’s lifestage
(As per the *NRC guidelines)
• 25g of protein per 1000 kcal is the recommended protein intake for an adult dog, according to the National Research Council.
• This requirement increases to 50 g/1000 kcal for pregnant female dogs.
• In case of puppies, it is 56g/1000 kcal.
• Protein requirements is higher for working & racing dogs
*National Research Council
Why protein is needed?
• Protein facilitates many processes that go on within our body such as digestion, metabolic reaction, etc.
• Protein is the building block that supports all the body tissues.
• It is also responsible for keeping our immune system in check.
• Skin and coat maintenance can use up to 30-35% of dietary protein.
Amino Acids- Protein is made of Amino Acids.
• Dogs can synthesize 12 of the 22 different amino acids in their body. These are non-essential amino acids.
• The remaining 10 amino acids – the essential, must be obtained through the diet. Hence, it is important that your pet’s diet contains all these 10 amino acids- arginine, histidine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan and valine as per your pet’s requirement.
How much protein is too much?
• Dietary protein and amino acid requirements depend on the dog’s life stage, lifestyle, pre-existing medical conditions, environmental temperature and stress levels.
• The nutritional value of the diet depends on how digestible the protein is and how well its amino acid profile meets the amino acid needs of body.
• There is no recommended maximum protein intake prescribed for dogs.