Protein and your pet, an essential relationship.

Protein has essential nutritional value to all animals and this nutrition can only be obtained through the animal’s diet. Protein is composed of essential amino acids, nitrogen and enzymes that dogs and cats derive from protein rich foods. As obligate carnivores, cats can only acquire this protein through the consumption of other animals. Dogs have a wider range of nutritionally appropriate protein sources, but for ultimate health and support it is best that they obtain these proteins as they would naturally; from high quality meat. Animal proteins ingested through diet support dogs and cats body function and support life. They are the key to building muscle, producing energy and catalyzing chemical reactions in the body.  Without a sufficient quantity of high quality, highly digestible protein an animal can become malnourished and this will lead to dire  health problems.  It is of particularly high importance that your pet is provided with the highest quality protein, as the low quality proteins in some pet foods such as by-product meal and soy meals are indigestible and do not provide any nutrition to your pet. These low quality proteins can directly cause serious health issues including  renal failure, liver disease, and stones. It is thought by many that these issues are brought on by foods that are too high in protein, however this is not the case. These health issues point directly to the quality of protein in the food, not quantity. The ingredient panel tells all:  high quality, un-processed, specified proteins such as deboned meats, specified protein meals, and biologically appropriate vegetables as the first five ingredients indicate a food that will offer your pet the highest nutritional value. A raw food diet contains the highest nutritional value for both dogs and cats; both animals have a short digestive tract and proteins are obtained best from raw food as it holds its nutritional base and biochemical value unlike extruded or cooked foods. If you would like to learn more about protein, raw foods, or have any questions please post a comment!


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