Can a high protein diet cause kidney problems in dogs? Here’s the Answer

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    High protein dog food sounds like a good thing. After all, dogs are primarily meat eaters … Arent they? This claim is often made, but if you know dogs, you know that if left to their own devices theyll go for whatever edible thing is easiest to get to, be it meat, vegetables, potato chips, or the contents of your cats litter box. Observing your dogs unsupervised eating habits isnt exactly the best way to tell whats good for him. Read on to learn how much and what kind of protein for dogs is best.

    Black dog eating food from a bowl on the floorIts often thought that dogs are exclusive meat eaters that require high protein dog food. This belief stems partly from the fact that dogs are related to wolves, which are indeed carnivores, and from the fact that dogs belong to the scientific order Carnivora, which includes wolves and other meat-eating species. Despite its name, this order also includes herbivores and omnivores, such as bears, raccoons, and giant pandas, says Tufts Universitys Cummings Veterinary Medical Center. The truth is that dogs have evolved a number of differences from wolves over the millennia. One of those differences, according to a study published in Nature, is that the genome of dogs has evolved to not only enable them to digest plant-based starches, but to thrive on foods that include a wide variety of ingredients including fruits, vegetables, herbs, grains, meats, poultry, fish and more, making them true omnivores.

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