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Is your pet getting enough protein?
We all know protein is important for us but are you aware of how important it is for your pet too? Whether you have your pet on an omnivorous or vegan diet, it’s important to ensure that they’re getting enough protein. One of those important reasons is that it gives them the energy they need, especially during these long, hot dog days of summer.
Our busy cat Ollie exploring the pond and stopping for a drink too. He has lots of energy and his diet is part of the reason why he does.
Your pets need to be able to sustain themselves throughout the day and protein will help them do that. Protein consists of long chains of amino acids that can be found in both meat and plant sources. It works to ensure proper growth, development, body tissue repair, and a healthy immune system. While there are 10 amino acids that cats and dogs must get from their food, a cat’s diet must also include taurine as their body is unable to naturally produce it. To help you decide what protein source is best for your pet, here’s a quick guide from Petcurean.
Our cat Ollie is an active and healthy cat and his Petcurean diet is part of the reason why. We make sure he gets the protein he needs, he has regular vet check ups and he gets lots of love. Below are examples of proteins that are good for your dog or cat. Keep in mind that as obligate carnivores, cats must get their protein from animal tissue. For a protein-packed meal and a meaty flavor they’ll love, try out Now Fresh Grain Free. This is the food we give our Ollie.
Here’s our Ollie being his cuddly self.
- Cod: A good source of high quality protein, phosphorous, niacin, and Vitamin B-12.
- Krill: As the “superfood of the sea,” krill is growing in popularity as a protein source. Rich in omega-3 fatty acids and astaxanthin, krill is also virtually free of pollutants and heavy metals.
- Peas: A good source of beta-carotene, niacin, Vitamin B6, folate, phosphorus, and copper. It’s also packed with dietary fiber, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, thiamin and manganese.
- Organic flaxseed and sunflower oil: Both contain omega-6 fatty acids that promote healthy skin and a radiant coat. Flaxseed also boasts omega-3 fatty acids which are important for normal metabolism and optimal health.
- Chicken Meal: A concentrated source of protein containing meat, bones, and cartilage that is dried and preserved naturally. It should never include feathers, heads, feet, or entrails.
- Chicken Fat: Although human diets try to avoid fats, animal fat is good for your pet. Chicken fat is a great source of omega-6 which is considered the most important essential fatty acid for dogs and cats.
- Deboned Venison, Pork, and Lamb: All are great sources of protein that come from the animal’s clean and de-boned flesh.
- Novelty Proteins: This classification consists of proteins your pet may not have eaten before such as venison, salmon, or duck. Novelty proteins can sometimes help alleviate the symptoms of dietary sensitivities.
As you can see, there are different varieties of sources for your pet’s daily dose of protein. If you would like help in navigating your pet’s diet, Petcurean offers a useful Petfood finder that will tailor the perfect diet to your fluffy companion, no matter their needs.
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