Just like their ancestors, your pooch cab live a healthy, happy life if they are fed a high protein diet. Read on to find out why...
Did you know dogs are actually classified as omnivores?
Yep - veterinary and scholarly writings label them as omnivores, and it’s true that our canine companions can survive on a diet of either plant or animal origin, having evolved from primarily carnivorous organisms.
However, did you also know that, in order to paws-itively thrive, dogs should have a source of animal protein in their diets - in other words, dogs need MEAT.
But why, we hear you ask, is a high protein diet for dogs so essential? Let us break it down for you…
Where does this dietary requirement stem from?
Meat is, and always has been, the main essential ingredient within a dog's diet. This dates through the ancestry of dogs, along the canine bloodline back to the wolf.
Meat was the key provider of protein to wolves, finding their food in the wild, and so a high protein diet for dogs is just as important today.
What effect can a lack of protein have on my dog?
When nature’s rules are not being followed, your dog is at risk of these and more: being overweight; having itchy, flaky skin; coarse and brittle coats; low energy levels, and resistance to infection.
Research compiled by T J Dunn, DVM - a vet based in the USA - showed that 95% of the time, dogs with the aforementioned traits will be consuming diets low in animal origin tissues, and high in grain-based products.
Does that mean I shouldn’t feed my dog grain?
Not at all.
Brown rice is fantastic for helping maintain a healthy digestive tract; white rice is wonderful for sensitive tummies and older dogs; ground oats benefit organs, are a digestive aid and help keep cholesterol low.
Add these nutritious and beneficent grains - all found in our foods - to a quality source of protein and you’ve got yourself the perfect diet.
How can Barking Heads help me?
The fact that our dog food products contain 80% meat content is a good indication your dog would receive the invaluable protein needed in its diet.
Balance this with the other ingredients found naturally within its ancestors’ environment, such as fruit, vegetables, herbaceous plants and botanicals, and you are giving back to your dog what they naturally require to thrive in life.
For any further details at all on protein and dietary requirements, get in touch!