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December 1, 2023

How to Choose the Best Protein for Your Dog

  • Protein
  • Ingredients
Dog laying on grass next to bag of Go! Solutions

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:

  1. Named meat meals. Examples include chicken meal and lamb meal.

  2. Fresh meat, fish, and poultry. Examples include de-boned turkey, de-boned venison, and de-boned salmon.

  3. Plant-based proteins such as peas, lentils, and beans.

Common animal proteins for dogs include:

  • Duck
  • Chicken
  • Lamb
  • Wild Boar
  • Turkey
  • Fish, such as salmon and cod
  • Venison
  • Beef

How Much Protein Does a Dog Need?

Protein is used for supporting muscle maintenance and growth. Very active dogs put increased strain on their muscles from this exercise and may require more protein due to this, which can be provided by high-protein dog food.

When it comes to high protein 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:

  • Chicken
  • Turkey
  • Duck
  • Salmon
  • Cod
  • Herring
  • Trout

Our Carnivore line contains up to 87% of total protein from animal ingredients in our kibble recipes.

Recommended Solutions

Carnivore Recipes for Dogs

Up to 97% of protein from premium-quality animal sources

For most dogs, a moderate protein level is often appropriate. For these dogs, our Go! Solutions Skin + Coat Care recipes may be an option.

These recipes are grain-inclusive options that contain all the essential amino acids pets need to maintain healthy lean muscle mass without providing an excess, which is not nutritionally beneficial.

For these dogs, our Go! Solutions Skin + Coat Care recipes may be an option, which include:

  • Chicken
  • Lamb
  • Salmon
GO! SOLUTIONS SKIN + COAT CARE dry food recipes for dogs

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Skin + Coat Care Recipes for Dogs

Full of Omega-3 fatty acids to hydrate skin, help prevent dandruff and reduce shedding

Protein & Food Intolerances

Some dogs may experience adverse reactions to some of the proteins that are commonly used in dog foods. Typical symptoms of food intolerances can include itchy skin, chronic digestive upset & diarrhea, excessive paw licking, and recurrent ear infections.

Typically, food intolerances in dogs are related to a dietary protein but can be linked to any component of a food. If you think your pet is experiencing a food intolerance, our Go! Solutions Sensitivities collection may be helpful in identifying this offending ingredient, as they are limited-ingredient diets, which feature single animal source, novel proteins.

Animal proteins in our Sensitivities recipes include:

  • Duck
  • Lamb
  • Salmon
  • Turkey

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Limited ingredient recipes for your canine friend

Our Go! Solutions Sensitivities recipes are specially formulated by experts to help dogs suffering from food sensitivities.

In Summary

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!


Natalie Asaro

Natalie Asaro

Nutrition Manager

Natalie received both her BSc in Honours Biological Science and MSc in Companion Animal Nutrition from the University of Guelph.

Theresa Lantz

Theresa Lantz

Companion Animal Nutritionist

Theresa received both her BSc in Companion Animal Health and MSc in Animal Science from the University of Alberta.