What Kind of Protein Does Your Dog Need?


While dog’s diets are fairly different from human diets, they still need to include some of the basic food groups we eat every day. Fats, carbohydrates, water, and protein are all important parts of your dog’s nutrition. Not only is it important to make sure your dog is getting enough of each of these food groups, it’s a good idea to make sure they’re coming from wholesome sources, too.

About 18% of your dog’s daily caloric intake should come from nutritional proteins, and the source really matters - your dog is able to digest and utilize proteins from certain sources better than others. Here are a few trustworthy sources of protein for your dog:

  • Eggs: For both humans and dogs, eggs are a great and easily-digestible protein when cooked. Many people used bits of cooked egg as a treat for highly active dogs, but we like adding it as an extra morsel for the occasional mealtime. When cooked properly, eggs are a great way for dogs with upset stomachs to get the protein they need to live happy, healthy lives.

  • Lean-muscle meats: Lean meats like chicken and turkey are great sources of protein for your dog as they don’t add an excess of fat to your dog’s diet and they keep them fueled for the day. Human-grade dog foods like our whole food products provide your dog with healthy sources of protein that are easy to digest and responsibly sourced.

  • Vegetable sources, like beans and lentils, can be healthy additions to your dog’s diet in small amounts, but they should never be used to replace whole-meat sources of protein. Additionally, be careful about what beans you give to your dog - green beans are a great treat, especially when frozen. But avoid fava beans, baked beans, and any kind of beans in sauce as a treat for your pup. Try making some lentil-based treats!

The easiest way to know that the proteins you’re giving your dog are right for them is by feeding them a human-grade food you can trust! Pawsitively Pure features the nutritional information you need on the package so you can keep track of your dog’s healthy diet. Get your dog on the right track to a healthy lifestyle this year! To learn more about Pawsitively Pure, browse through our website, or contact us here.

Lex Burton