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Protein in Your Pet’s Diet

Protein in Your Pet’s Diet

Protein is an important building block in pet nutrition. It is important in muscle development and provides energy to the pet.

Protein sources in pet food are chosen on the basis of their digestibility, palatability, and amino acid profile. Animals can’t produce amino acids on their own and they are essential to bodily functions. Proteins are either added as wet ingredients (i.e., chicken) or dry ingredients (i.e., chicken meal). Beef by-products supply protein but also texture and palatability.

Good Sources of Protein

  • Chicken
  • Lamb meal
  • Liver (pork, chicken or beef)
  • Poultry by-products (provide essential fatty acids, linoleic and arachidonic acid)
  • By-product meal (for minerals)
  • Potato protein
  • Soy protein isolate/hydrolysate
  • Wheat gluten (after starch has been removed from wheat flour)
  • Corn gluten meal (a fine source of sulphur amino acids)

Other Protein Sources

  • Duck or duck meal
  • Dried egg
  • Dried whey (excellent source of water-soluble vitamins)
  • Herring meal (omega-3 fatty acids)
  • Mackerel (fish oil and omega-3 fatty acids)

Your pet’s age, breed, environment and lifestyle are all factors to consider when choosing a diet. Your veterinarian is a great resource for nutrition advice. Use our hospital locator to find your nearest Banfield.