What Is the Best Protein for Dogs?

Protein Sources

Protein for Dogs

Protein is an essential component of a complete and balanced diet for your dog. Proteins are made of amino acids, which are considered the building blocks of protein. Your dog needs food that provides the amino acids he needs to stay healthy and happy.

Types of Protein

Proteins supply amino acids, support tissue repair and muscle growth, and provide energy. Protein Sources include: 

  • Muscle Meat. This includes meat that comes from muscles like the thigh or the muscles surrounding the ribs.

  • Organs. Beneficial proteins from animal sources supply high quality protein for your dog. In the wild, nutritious internal organs make up a large part of the canine diet.

  • Animal Protein. This is a general term that includes several animal-related protein sources. These include poultry (chicken, turkey, duck), pork, beef, and fish. Muscle meat and by-products like hearts, livers, kidneys, and lungs are all nutritious sources of animal protein, as well as meals made from them.

  • Grains and Oilseeds. Many types of oilseeds (soybeans) and grains (corn, wheat) also provide protein.

The right Purina dog food for your dog’s life stage will provide him with the nutritious protein he needs.

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