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Animal Source Proteins

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Protein is the staff of life for dogs and cats – essential to basic body functions, including cellular regeneration, tissue maintenance, hormone and enzyme production, and the provision of energy.

Although protein is essential, not all proteins function equally, with protein qualities varying enormously between various sources. Three factors effecting protein quality include:

  1. PROTEIN SOURCE
  2. AMINO ACID COMPOSITION
  3. DIGESTIBILITY

PROTEIN SOURCE

Due to the different amino acid profiles contained in animal and plant proteins, ANIMAL PROTEINS are considered ‗complete proteins‘ for dogs and cats, while PLANT PROTEINS are 'considered incomplete proteins‘.

AMINO ACID COMPOSITION

ANIMAL PROTEINS contain all of the amino acids essential to dogs and cats in quantities that match the requirements needed for their overall health, maintenance and growth.

PLANT PROTEINS such as corn gluten, soybean meal or plant protein isolates, do not contain all of the amino acids in the right proportions that a dog or cat needs.

Amino acids essential to dogs and cats often missing in plant proteins, include arginine, taurine, methionine, lysine and tryptophan.

PROTEIN DIGESTABILITY

Protein digestibility is a key quality measure. After all, what good is it to have a food made with a higher quality protein if it‘s not also easy to digest?

A food with high protein digestibility is one that can be broken down into smaller easy-to-absorb components easier and quicker than others. In the short digestive systems of dogs and cats, plant proteins are far less digestible than meat proteins.

Animal source protein is the best choice - it is easily digested and contains the amino acids essential for dogs and cats.

PLEASE SEE SECTION 5 FOR A MORE IN-DEPTH DISCUSSION OF PROTEIN QUALITY

 

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