The importance of animal-based protein for your dog’s diet

Friday, September 09, 2022

Dogs are semi-carnivores. They can be nourished by protein from animal sources, plant sources or a combination of both. 

The body structure of dogs is similar to their carnivorous ancestors like wolves, coyotes, foxes, and jackals.  They are optimized for eating meat-based products that are closely related to their natural ancestral diet. 

The difference between animal-based protein and plant-based protein sources is that animal-based ones incorporate chicken, lamb, fish meal, and beef while plant-based protein sources include corn-gluten and soybean meal.

According to Dr. Saza Curaming, Scientific Communications Manager, Mars Pet Nutrition for Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, animal-based proteins are ideal for dogs. She said, “While protein can be derived from plants, the canine digestive system typically has an easier time utilizing animal-sourced protein. Dog's gastrointestinal tract is not designed to digest large amounts of plant-based products.” 

Dr. Saza Curaming as a veterinarian volunteer during San Mateo Veterinary Mission

Animal protein sources contain an average of 35% higher protein concentration. She said, “For one, a high-quality protein food for dogs can provide amino acids. Amino acids play a key part in building hair, skin, nails, muscles, tendons, ligaments, and cartilage.” She adds that “Protein plays a key role in hormone and enzyme production.” 

Amino acids are building blocks and are considered critical to our furry best friend. Dr. Curaming also emphasized that a dog’s need for amino acids will also change depending on age and condition. She said, “As dogs age, their body composition and muscle-specific proteins decline and for that reason, giving them protein in their meal helps them maintain a healthy body throughout the years.”

To deliver a healthy balance of amino acids to support your dog's health and vitality, IAMS created a recipe that uses chicken as their number one ingredient and aids in maintaining healthy digestion, immune system, skin and coat. The recipes were developed with veterinarians and also take into consideration the dental health of dogs.  

Ready to achieve your dog’s optimal health with an animal-based protein food? For more information about IAMS Dog, visit IAMS Dog is available at all leading supermarkets and grocery stores nationwide. 

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