Let’s get ready to talk about all things protein. What is protein and why do dogs need it? Proteins are one of the building blocks of your dog’s body and consist of chains of amino acids. They can range in size from only a few amino acids to large, complex molecules.
Sources of Protein
There are different types of protein sources. Good sources of protein that are commonly used in dog foods fall into three main categories:
Named meat meals. Examples include chicken meal and lamb meal.
Fresh meat, fish, and poultry. Examples include de-boned turkey, de-boned venison, and de-boned salmon.
Plant-based proteins such as peas, lentils, and beans.
Common animal proteins for dogs include:
- Wild Boar
- Fish, such as salmon and cod
How Much Protein Does My Dog Need?
Protein is used for supporting muscle maintenance and growth. Very active dogs may require increased protein due to increased strain on their muscles from strenuous exercise.
When it comes to animal proteins for active dogs, GO! SOLUTIONS CARNIVORE recipes may be a great option.
Each of the CARNIVORE recipes includes a balanced mix of premium animal ingredients including:
- Wild Boar
Our CARNIVORE line contains up to 87% of total protein from animal ingredients in our kibble recipes, and up to 97% in our Tetra Pak carton wet food recipes.
For most dogs, a more moderate protein level is often recommended.
For these dogs, our GO! SOLUTIONS SKIN + COAT CARE recipes may be an option, which include:
Great recipes for itchy skin and healthy coats
Our drool-worthy GO! SOLUTIONS SKIN + COAT CARE recipes use premium-quality meat and ingredients rich in omega oils, to help keep your dog looking and feeling their best.
SKIN + COAT CARE™ Recipes
Read our blog to learn more about how much protein your dog needs.
Protein & Food Intolerances
Some dogs may experience adverse reactions to some of the proteins that are commonly used in dog foods. Common symptoms of food intolerances are itchy skin, chronic digestive upset diarrhea, and recurrent ear infections. Typically, food intolerances are often related to dietary protein. Our GO! SOLUTIONS SENSITIVITIES collection may be helpful in identifying this offending ingredient, as they are limited-ingredient diets, which feature single-source, novel proteins.
Animal proteins in our SENSITIVITIES recipes include:
For warning signs that your dog might have food sensitivities, check out our blog.
Limited ingredient recipes for your canine friend
Our GO! SOLUTIONS SENSITIVITIES recipes are specially formulated by experts to help dogs suffering from food sensitivities.
Other single-source novel proteins that may help pets with food sensitivities include:
Protein is a vital component in your dog’s food and provides the essential amino acids to help keep your pet strong and healthy. Whether your dog needs a diet that is high in protein, moderate in protein, or contains a novel protein, GO! SOLUTIONS offers a variety of recipes with premium proteins to meet your dog’s dietary needs!