High Protein Diets for Dog Weight Loss

Karina Carbo-Johnson, MS
By Karina Carbo-Johnson, MS
Updated: 5/8/20241-2 minutes
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Protein and Weight Loss

Overweight dogs can achieve healthy weight loss through a high protein diet and caloric restriction. Several studies have proven that providing higher levels of protein in a dog’s diet as part of a weight loss program can facilitate the loss of excess fat.

Benefits of Increased Protein

Feeding your overweight dog a high-protein diet and implementing caloric restrictions can benefit him by:

  • Helping him maintain lean body mass while shedding extra fat.
  • Stimulating the burning of extra calories. Dogs burn more calories after a meal high in protein.
  • Giving him a satisfied feeling of fullness after a meal.

Finding the Right Amount of Protein for Your Dog

Consult your veterinarian to determine if a higher protein diet will help your dog achieve his ideal weight.

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