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Old 01-10-2013, 01:36 PM
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Dog Food: Too Much Protein?

Just wondering on what peoples thoughts were on dog food that is high in protein.

Is there such a thing as too much protein for a dog?

I have 2 Springer Spaniels that are 2 years old and I feed them Blue Buffalo Wilderness during the hunting season , which is high in protein, around 35%. Was thinking of trying the Blue Buffalo WIlderness Maintenance formula, which is 30% protein for the offseason months.

Just wondering if that would be too much or if there is such a thing as too much protein in a dogs diet.
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The only thing with high protein food is that it's meant for active dogs. High protein foods can become a problem if your dog simply isn't active because it can cause weight gain. But since you said that yours hunt, I'd assume they are very active and I wouldn't worry. But yes, too much can cause weight gain and become unhealthy if they don't get enough exercise to use that protein.
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i was under the assumption that protein builds muscle. So i was assuming if I fed them a 30% protein food in the offseason to keep their muscles in check and with 10% fat , they would not gain weight.

i am going to have to look into this more.
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For the most part they won't gain weight as long as they are getting long walks/ exercise. It really only becomes a problem if your dogs just lay around all day doing nothing.
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I feed Maggie EVO red meat which 42% protein and 22% fat. She is moderately active but she is by no means an athlete. Her body has just never been able to handle foods with low protein levels.
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It really does depend if the dog is going to use that protein. If your dogs aren't very active then that built up protein is not going to be good on the dog in the long run. For very active and performance dogs, a high protein diet is great. Just like it is with horses, if you have a jumper, barrel racer, cross country whichever, you want to give the horse higher protein, you wouldn't be giving a dressage horse a huge amount. The deal is with the excess protein in the dogs system, the calories not used will turn into fat and the rest will be excreted in the urine. But if your dog already has kidney issues a lot of protein is going to be bad for the dog. It is a myth that high protein causes kidney disease but it's best for dogs with weak kidneys to remain on a low protein diet in order to save them.

If your dogs are active during the hunting season then you should be fine.

My dog Guinness is very high energy and very active. She uses all that energy daily, so my vet recommended a higher protein for her. And we put her on TOTW Roasted Bison and Venison formula which has over 30% protein. Keep your dog active on it and you should be fine.
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yes there is such thing as too much protein. little they get sick, to much they get sick.
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No, there is no such thing as too much protein. Cutting protein percentage automatically means increasing carb percentage which is very unhealthy for dogs. Yes, protein builds muscle. Dogs burn fat as energy. If you are feeding high protein diet and your dog is getting fat, either exercise more (preferable) or feed less food. Protein is never unhealthy for a dog. His body is built on protein.
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I used to feed a raw diet and then switched to a high protein kibble. One of my dogs has been rail thin on both those diets, but finally puts on a wee bit of weight on a kibble that is not quite so high protein (that is, it has more carbs in it.) She is a weird dog I guess, but just seems to do a bit better on this ratio. My other dog has done fine on all three diets, although he greatly prefers the raw (so I give him raw chicken half the time.) The skinny dog won't touch raw anymore, and likes her kibble + canned better. Go figure!
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Some dogs cannot handle high protein. My dog is borderline EPI and high protein is a big no-no.
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