Protein is best known for its ability to build and repair muscles, and for supporting a healthy immune system. It also contains those all-important amino acids necessary for shiny coats and healthy skin. The best protein sources for dogs include chicken, fish, beef, pork, turkey, and duck but the amount will depend on the age of your pooch.
Puppies require more protein than adults because their bodies are still developing. You’ll want to stick to their required amount to ensure they grow at a steady rate and to avoid any weight gain or other health issues later on in life.
While there is dog food available specifically for puppies, check the label to ensure it includes at least 22.5% crude protein. Adults, on the other hand, should include a minimum of 18%.
The type of dog breed will also help determine how much protein is needed, and when you should switch to adult food.
When a puppy reaches 80% of its full size, it’s time to level up. For large dogs, this usually happens between 12 and 18 months. Smaller breeds, however, reach their milestone between 7 and 9 months old.
Chat to your vet if you have any concerns about your little one. Until then, check out our latest video and subscribe to our channel for more dietary advice.