Health & Nutrition | Dogs | Cats | June 20, 2013

Protein 101

Protein 101 - GO!

Protein is something we’ve all heard of, but do we know what it actually does in our pet’s body?

Simply put, protein is found in every living thing, and is an essential piece of all body tissues that is needed for the growth and maintenance of almost all tissues of the body, including muscle, hair, bone, and organs. It is used in the body for 2 different reasons:

1. Supplying amino acids

Amino Acids are the building blocks of the body. Besides building cells and repairing tissue, they form antibodies to combat invading bacteria and viruses: they are part of the enzyme and hormonal system; they build RNA and DNA; they carry oxygen through the body and participate in muscle activity.

2. Supplying energy (so there’s more play time!)

Although carbs and protein are the first chosen energy source, leftover protein can be used for supplying your pet with energy as they supply 3.5 kilocalories per gram.

So now that you know a bit more about what protein is & does, how do you decide if your pet should feed an increased protein diet?

The amount of protein required depends on species, age, and protein quality. Increased protein diets are preferred by pet owners who prefer a higher concentrated meat protein in a grain free format. In some cases these diets are good for weight loss, as well as great for supplying pets with increased Omegas.

Wondering if we make an increased protein diet? Yup! We do. Parooz the GO! FIT + FREE recipes for your pup, and if you have a cat, you can also check out our GO! FIT + FREE recipes for cats!

To determine if feeding an increased protein diet is right for your pet, it is best to talk to someone who can better understand the needs of your pet & make a recommendation after learning more about your pet. To talk with our health + nutrition specialist, simply call 1-866-864-6112.