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Rich In Animal Proteins & Meat Concentrated

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i. Rich In Animal Proteins & Meat Concentrated

As carnivores, dogs and cats are adapted for a diet high in meat proteins. The ideal diet for a dog or cat is almost exclusively from animal source, with minimal plant material and no grains at all.

  • Just like their wild cousins, dogs and cats are carnivores—equipped with sharp teeth,a short, acidic digestive tract, and a body that is highly efficient at metabolizing meat-based protein as an energy source.
  • Substantially higher in meat protein than conventional pet foods, holistic foods mimic the variety and balance of animal ingredients for which their anatomy is designed.
  • Holistic food‘s high-protein formulas eliminate the need for grains as inexpensive and inappropriate energy source.
  • As the body cannot store amino acids (other nutrients such as fat and carbohydrates can be stored by the body), the daily diet must provide sufficient protein of proper quality to fulfill the need of the body.
  • The protein needs of cats and dogs cannot be properly met by plants. Essential amino acids missing from plants include arginine, taurine, methionine, tryptophan and lysine.
  • Unlike carbohydrates (which adversely affect blood sugars and are easily stored in the body as fat), once the body‘s demand for protein is met, protein is either metabolized for energy or removed from the body through natural functions. Protein is seldom converted to body fat.
  • As high-protein diets are more satiating, dogs and cats naturally consume less ORIJEN than they would of any conventional dry pet food.

How Much Is Too Much

While it was once thought that too much protein could lead to health problems, this myth has for many years been roundly debunked by the scientific community.

Studies have proven that protein does not cause orthopedic problems in puppies, nor lead to kidney disease in older dogs. In fact, high protein is extremely beneficial: it supports the immune system and the central nervous system, contributes to wound healing, helps build lean muscle, and is required for skin and coat health.

Any concept of reducing protein in today‘s pet foods is clearly tied to reducing ingredient costs, rather than to any concern for the health of dogs and cats.

  • While high protein diets were once believed to be associated with kidney disorders, clinical studies have time and again demonstrated that no association exists between high protein diets and kidney disease.
  • The myth that high protein diets are harmful to kidneys probably started because, in the past, patients with kidney disease were commonly placed on low protein (and thus low nitrogen) diets.
  • Science has since shown that for patients with kidney disease the concern is rather protein quality, not protein quantity.
  • The ability of excess dietary protein to induce kidney failure has been studied in both dogs already with chronic kidney failure, dogs with only one kidney, and older dogs. All studies conclude that high protein does not adversely affect the kidneys.
  • Dietary protein consumed in excess of daily requirements is not stored, but is deaminated followed by oxidation of the carbon skeleton through pathways of glucose or fat metabolism. The nitrogen waste generated is excreted in the urine as either urea or ammonia.
  • There is also no direct link between high protein and skeletal development of puppies and growing dogs of any size or breed. It is calorie intake and mineral intake - NOT PROTEIN INTAKE - that directly correlates with orthopedic problems in growing dogs.
  • Protein restriction for healthy older dogs is not only unnecessary, it can be detrimental. Protein requirements actually increase by about 50% in older dogs, while their energy requirements tend to decrease. When insufficient protein is provided, it can aggravate the age-associated loss of lean body mass and may contribute to earlier mortality.

Proteins and Carbohydrates, An Up and Down Relationship

Most people are unaware of the relationship between protein and carbohydrate in their pet’s food. It’s actually quite simple: if one goes up, the other MUST go down.

In other words, the more protein in the food the less room there is for carbohydrate. That‘s good for your dog or cat, because while protein is essential and cannot be oversupplied, your dog or cat has absolutely no requirement for carbohydrate.

  • Protein and carbohydrates contain exactly the same number of calories per gram, so reducing protein in favor of carbohydrates simply provides less nutrition without changing the calories.
  • The Dog Food Nutrient Profiles published by Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO, 2008) show that dogs have absolutely no requirement for carbohydrate.
  • According to the National Research Council‘s Committee on Animal Nutrition (2006), ―there appears to be no requirement for carbohydrate provided enough protein is given‖.
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