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Old 07-20-2012, 09:07 AM
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What does too much protein do to a dog?

What happens when the dog food has too much protein? Panda’s on Acana lamb & apple – which has a fair amount of protein but a lot comes from veggies and not meat – it’s a good food, nothing really bad in it. Since Panda can’t have chicken based food, but he can have dehydrated chicken (???) this was a good option for him since his stools were quite soft. Those have gotten better and more firm since he’s been on this but sometimes they’re softer and I was wondering if he’d benefit from more meat based foods. So I was looking at Acana Regionals which has more meat and still a lot of protein from veggies or even Orijen 6 fish which has a whole lot of protein from meat. However, those seem to have a higher protein count.

What does this do if it’s too rich a food? Will I end up with the same soft stools? Or will he be hyped up and too energetic to come down from that high? What can I expect if he reacts to too much protein? Could he be okay right away with it as long as I do a gentle transition?
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Since Panda can’t have chicken based food, but he can have dehydrated chicken
That's odd. How was that determined?

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What does this do if it’s too rich a food? Will I end up with the same soft stools? Or will he be hyped up and too energetic to come down from that high? What can I expect if he reacts to too much protein? Could he be okay right away with it as long as I do a gentle transition?
Every dog reacts to the proteins differently. Usually there is vomiting or diarrhea, mostly diarrhea. Gentle transition may help but there is no way to guarantee that it will... or if he'll be okay on this food.


FWIW, I'd personally be switching to a brand that isn't as rich, not switching between the formulas of the same brand. But that's just my opinion. From my experience, dogs that do poorly on TOTW don't do well on any of the forumulations. I've seen the same with EVO. I don't know enough people who use Acana but those two other brands are notorious for causing diarrhea from richness. Again, just my experience.
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When Panda was on a chicken based food, he'd get soft stools pretty much all day and they were a mustard color. Sometimes his morning poo would be a bit firmer but the rest were leaving mushy stuff in the grass or on the sidewalk. On Acana his stools are much darker and firmer throughout the day. He can have dehydrated chicken when he’s in training but then again the quantities are much smaller but it might be the way the chicken is processed that was giving him loose stools.

Acana has a few different formulas, with varying levels of protein, different types of meat or some with more fruits & veggies or even some grain free versions. I can purchase a smaller sample bag of the other brand to try out and to integrate into his diet to see how he handles it. I figure more meat may make him more full for longer as he doesn’t usually get a lot of treats during the day
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Thanks for the info
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Just my experience with Willow.... The higher the meat protein the softer her BM's were. Then I switching her to a lower meat protein based food and voila, solid BM's 95% of the time.
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A high energy or very active dog will benefit most from a high protein diet. If a dog eating a high protein diet is very low energy, or not very active, the dogs body may not be able to process high amounts of protein. I knew a cocker x pom who developed kidney stones from eating Orijen dog food. He is a 7 year old less active dog. He ended up needing surgery, and is now on a low protein vet diet. All dogs are different, and one thing that works for one dog my not work at all for another. But this is what I go by. My low energy, but highly active Akita puppy eats a moderate protein, grain-free diet.
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I put my dogs on the Alpha grain-free dry food when a different natural brand was giving my 4-year-old diarrhea. They’re doing great on it now because the protein is considered “moderate” and not too rich. Since you said your dog can’t have chicken, you should try their fish-based Alpha formula. A friend of mine’s dog eats that and does great. It is made by Natural Balance.
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Personally I am not too sure but a lot of experts on dog nutrition say that "too much protein is bad for the kidneys" is a myth. Visit this website. Dog Food Protein | Frequently Asked Questions

Here is another one. http://www.orijen.ca/orijen/Myths_of_High_Protein.pdf
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