Why you should be feeding a protein-rich diet

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Why you should be feeding a protein-rich diet
Aug 07

Naturally, we want our pets to consume a diet which resembles the kind they would eat in the wild. But there are lots of mixed messages online when it comes to the kind of foods you should be feeding your dog or cat to ensure they are getting the right nutrition. 

Why your pet should have a protein-packed diet


Their teeth, digestive system, and natural prey point towards them consuming a high-protein diet.

Protein-rich foods promote a healthy digestive system for these animals, as they evolved eating a lot more meat than carbohydrates like wheat and corn. Ideally, you want to avoid grains as much as possible.

By choosing a grain-free food, your pet is likely to get more high quality ingredients in their diet like meat which is far more beneficial.

You might not be feeding a grain-free diet now, but here are some of the benefits for your pet if you switched:


  • Fewer allergies
  • Less chances of obesity
  • Improved behavioral characteristics
  • Fewer and smaller stools
  • Healthier skin
  • Shinier coat
  • Less shedding
  • Better breath
  • Reduced flatulence

Switching your pet to a grain-free diet


Historically it was common for dry food brands to rely on manufactured recipes that were high in carbohydrates and low in protein. Pet parents would add protein by combining dry pet food with soft pet food. But today, a lot of brands have improved their recipes with higher percentages of meat.

Because of this it’s easier than ever for you to feed your pet the right diet. But transitioning your dog or cat needs to be a gradual process.

Dogs and cats are usually fed the same food for a long time. This means that a sudden change can be difficult for their digestive system to adapt to. Although this is totally normal, it’s important to introduce the new food slowly to make it comfortable for your pet.

Begin by mixing 25% of the new food with 75% of the old food. Over the next five to seven days, slowly change the proportions and gradually increase the amount of the new food and decrease the amount of the old food until you are feeding 100% of the new food.

 

The following are some of our recommended grain-free foods:


*Brand consists of both grain and grain-free items. Please ask our staff for their recommendation of grain-free foods from this range or check the ingredients.

For more information about grain-free products visit the grain free and organic section of our website, where we provide information on grain-free food and treats for dogs and grain-free food and treats for cats.

If you have any questions about your pet’s diet or nutrition and would like some advice, feel free to contact us on nutrition@petsdelight.com .