Should I Feed My Dog a High Protein Dog Food?

Protein is an essential part of a dog’s diet. It contains important amino acids, helps maintain energy and supports strong muscles. But how much protein is right for your dog? Before you purchase a high protein dog food formula for your dog, consider the following factors:

Life stage
Certain stages of a dog’s life require additional protein. For example, puppies often thrive on high protein formulas because of their high energy requirement and rapid growth rate.

Activity level
Protein helps support activity by helping to maintain muscle condition. Active dogs need more protein and calories than sedentary dogs to fuel their bodies.

Protein source
There are many high-quality sources of protein in dog food, and Purina ONE always has real meat, poultry or fish as the first ingredient. Always read the ingredient list before making your purchase decision. If real meat, poultry or fish is the first ingredient, it may be a good choice for your dog.

Talk to your veterinarian to find out if your dog could benefit from a high protein formula. If you decide to try one, there are many great high protein dry dog food brands to choose from. If you have an active adult dog, an excellent option is Purina ONE® SmartBlend® True Instinct Nutrient-Dense Adult Formulas, which have 30% protein to help support strong muscles and an active lifestyle. Purina ONE True Instinct is the highest protein dog food formula in the SmartBlend line of Purina ONE dog formulas. Gradually transition your dog to his new high protein formula, and consult your veterinarian if you have any questions.