Most dog foods will contain a percentage of protein such as chicken, turkey, salmon, lamb or game. Protein is a very important energy source for your dog, and it should be included in a balanced diet. It is also essential for growth and the repair and maintenance of tissue. Dogs also need a healthy balanced diet containing water, carbohydrates, fat, vitamins and minerals. If you want to make sure that your dog is getting all the nutrients they need then choose a ‘complete’ dog food that will contain all the ingredients they require.
You need to make sure you dog gets enough protein, but what type of protein should you feed them? There are lots of different options available on the market and each type of protein has different benefits. Your decision should come down to what flavour your dog enjoys the most and what you feel comfortable feeding them.
Chicken is one of the most popular flavours of dog food. It is easy for your dog to digest and most dogs love chicken flavour dog food. If your dog has a sensitive tummy then this is probably the safest option. There are some excellent chicken flavour hypoallergenic dog foods on the market for dogs with allergies. Chicken is a great protein that contains phosphorus, vitamins and selenium. Turkey is very similar to chicken, it just depends what flavour your dog prefers. If you want something a little different then try lamb flavour as lamb is also a tasty protein for your dog that is easy to digest. A lot of dog food brands offer a lamb and rice or lamb and vegetable option.
Game is another flavour of dog food that is full of tasty protein for your dog such as duck and venison. Duck is good source of Omega 3 and 6. The downside of choosing game for your dog is that it tends to be more expensive than chicken and salmon and it isn’t great for dogs with sensitive stomachs.
Salmon is probably one of the most popular types of fish served in dog foods. Fish is an excellent source of high quality protein for your dog. The only downside is that it has a very strong smell and you might be able to smell it on your dogs breath after you feed them. However, the benefits are so good it’s definitely worth putting up with the smell. Salmon is a good source of vitamin D and Omega 3 fatty acids which can help with skin sensitivity. They help replace the oils in your dogs skin and can make their coat look shiny. High quality dog food can truly make a difference to your dogs skin and coat condition.
Once you have decided what type of meat you want to feed your dog, gradually introduce it into their diet and see how they find it. If they like it and don’t have any digestive problems then you can stick to that flavour as a reliable source of protein. When you are choosing between different dog food brands try to pick a brand that lists a protein (e.g chicken, salmon, venison) as the first ingredient. Ingredients on dog foods are listed in order of the biggest ingredients.