You may wonder what kind of dog food your dog actually needs to stay as healthy as possible. The answer is that there isn’t a one-size-fits-all answer that can be applied to all dogs. Puppies need more protein than adult dogs and seniors, and an overweight dog may need a little less in order to lose weight. Many people feed their puppies a grain free puppy food because they tend to be high in protein.
If your pet is highly active, they will likely need more protein and calories in general for energy. When you want to know the right amount of protein for your individual dog, it’s a good idea to talk to your vet during your dog’s annual health exam to find out more about their nutritional needs.
Your dog may have special health concerns that affect how much protein they need for optimal health.
The amount of protein in dog food is required to be on the nutritional label, so you can look at this to see whether there is plenty of it for your dog. Foods that are meat-based rather than grain-based often have more protein. They also tend to have cleaner ingredients in them.