Protein deficiency is a myth created by dog food companies struggling to capture the market with high protein labels which hide the source. Here's what your dog wants you to know!
Too few canine nutrition books cover protein other than to warn of skin problems, itching, and behavioral problems such tail chasing, often related to protein deficiency. Learn what they don't tell you about "high protein."
The report stated there are eight signs of protein deficiency which include:
I replied to her as follows: Skin problems are the dog’s Achilles’ Heel and almost always caused by allergies or exposure to toxins. Since I have no veterinary degree, I surmised that epilepsy (a catch-all term for any form of seizures), spinning or tail chasing, and to some degree, behavioral changes, could be caused by protein deficiency, as could slow growth or deformities BUT such symptoms are much more likely to be caused by the toxins, contaminants, and preservatives contained in commercial dog foods.
About ARTIFICIAL high protein levels in commercial dog food
It is most unlikely that any dog fed commercially processed dog food could suffer from protein deficiency. Pet food manufacturers strive to out-do each other as regards protein content labeling. Even allowing for poor quality protein, a dog that eats commercially prepared dog food will not suffer from protein deficiency.
It should be noted that excessive protein levels can be detrimental to dogs with certain health conditions. The key is probably what the book stresses, feeding natural, wholesome, complete protein.
Commercial foods may also contain antibiotics, hormones and growth stimulants administered to livestock and poultry, any one of which can cause the “protein deficiency” symptoms listed above.
No dog owner will forget the (2007 pet food recalls) due to (melamine contamination). Other highly toxic substances similar to anti-freeze are added to dog food in order to boost protein levels. High protein Ingredients that any self-respecting, well fed dog would summarily reject (Corn Is For Cows) are routinely added to bulk up the dog food label.
As a student of nature and human health, I’ve revised our own canine nutritional program many times over the past 52 years due to changes in the dog food ingredients, protein source, and manufacturing. In the 80s, the President/CEO of a major dog food brand was one of our Akita owners. What I learned about the dog food industry was shocking! Now, even in the age of the internet, the average dog owner still doesn’t know much about "protein" and is therefore vulnerable to unscrupulous veterinary office advice and/or prescription diet foods to cure the problems caused by commercial pet foods...
So the solution for protein deficiency or "protein intolerance" such as itching, tail chasing, self-mutilation, hyperactive or destructive behavior is:
Ø Feed a variety of steroid and hormone-free raw meat, i.e. poultry, beef, venison, mutton, and chicken to insure against protein deficiency. Note: Never give cooked bones due to splintering.
Ø Feed boneless cooked or bone-in canned fish, including herring and sardines which are mercury-safe and high in Omegas. Whole food is always better than incomplete protein or something “made from” whole food such as fish oil.
Ø Feed boiled or scrambled eggs and occasional organic cottage cheese, buttermilk, and cheese (not “cheese product”).
Ø Feed meat and occasional dairy products will absolutely insure against protein deficiency. No need to read a book. You know that canines are carnivores, Instant Information for ii The Carnivores Diet. Dogs are, unlike cats, slightly omnivorous so in addition to meat and dairy, it is okay to:
Ø Feed cooked brown rice, oatmeal, and whole wheat noodles for bulk.
Ø Feed well-washed (with white vinegar) cooked fresh veggies, generous portions of broccoli, peas, green beans, carrots, etc.
Ø Feed fresh, peeled or well-washed fruit such as grapes, apples, and bananas but see below*
Ø Feed occasional wheat-based baked kibble or biscuit ** Never feed “extruded” or corn-based pet food!
And lastly, whether house dog or kennel dog, you must allow access to clean, untreated fresh grasses or if you live in a high-rise, use an inside planter designed for house cats. Expand your IQ with Instant Information - ii Why Dogs Eat and Need Grass
See McGowan's 2013 cheeky coverage of prescription diet foods
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