It’s also possible to achieve a good high protein weight loss diet by combining a high quality commercial dog food with low-calorie home-cooked foods. This should be accomplished with the help of your veterinarian or veterinary nutritionist.
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Low protein dog foods can be controversial. Even though many veterinarians advise against feeding higher protein diets, recent research appears to support their safety — even for senior dogs with minor kidney issues.
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I have 3 male dogs, 1 ten year old purebred Bichon Frise, 1 six year old Chihuahua mix and 1 thirteen week old Chihuahua mix puppy. My dogs currently eat Natural Balance Ultra (puppy is on the puppy version). Since my oldest dog has been on Natural Balance 10 years and the other two are Chihuahua mixes would switching to another food high in protein be unhealthy? I am being told that high protein foods are not good for Chihuahuas…. I was looking at these two dry foods: Orijen and Acana. Would it be ok to make that switch or should I choose something with less protein? Just noting none of my dogs have had any health issues thus far.
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Old wives tales about dry dog foods high in protein causing kidney disease run rampant both on and off the internet and many people deprive their dogs of what they crave most for fear of damaging their health.One of the plausible explanations for how the myth of the appropriateness of low protein diets for seniors came about is due to the history of pet food. 50 or 60 years ago, the pet food industry was devoid of high quality products. Although the overall protein levels in pet foods might have been acceptable, the quality of the proteins was very low grade, either in the form of low digestible by-products or in the form of fillers and grains. Feeding a dog these lower quality foods over time could, indeed, cause health issues and the ‘solution’ was to lower the protein amounts to address the associated liver and kidney problems from feeding these foods. Thus, pet food companies created lower protein, higher carbohydrate, and (often) lower calorie foods that were meant for senior pets.