How Much Protein Do Dogs Need?


The Right Amount of Protein for Your Dog

You know your dog needs protein to be healthy, but how much is enough? The answer depends on your dog’s life stage (puppy, adult, pregnant/lactating, senior), lifestyle (indoor, outdoor, active, sedentary, working) and unique health-related needs, e.g., weight management.

Protein in Commercial Dog Food

Complete and balanced dog foods are formulated to provide your adult dog with adequate dietary protein and amino acids (the building blocks of protein) to support his maintenance needs.

Puppies, however, require extra dietary protein while they grow and develop. It is important to select a food that is formulated for puppies (or “All Life Stages”) and meets this demand. Senior dogs also need higher amounts of protein to maximize their lean body mass.

Energy Sources in Your Dog’s Diet

Protein makes up 20 to 35 percent of the metabolizable energy in Purina dog foods, depending on the formula you select. Our puppy, senior and weight loss diets have higher amounts of protein compared to adult maintenance formulas to accommodate your dog’s needs.                                 

Your dog’s health depends on a well-balanced diet. If you’re feeding your dog a Purina dog food appropriate for his life stage, he is getting the correct amount of protein.

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