Varied proteins for maximum benefits
Proteins and amino acids are essential for every cell of a dog’s body. Animal sources of protein are much more nutritious and beneficial than plant proteins. Dogs need at least 10 essential amino acids in their diet, or health issues will occur. Animal proteins provide these amino acids in a highly digestible form. Each type of meat will offer a different array of nutrients and protein forms, so it’s advisable to feed as much variety as your dog is tolerable to.
For example, lean proteins such as chicken and turkey are excellent for building muscle whilst being easier on digestion. Fattier meats like beef and lamb are chock full of essential amino acids, vitamins, and minerals, all supportive of bone, muscle, skin, and coat health.
Fish is another great example of a healthy protein, being a fantastic source of Omega 3 healthy fats, vitamin D, and essential fatty acids to support joint, gut, and brain health.
Of course, variety is key when feeding raw food to dogs, as it ensures that they benefit from all the nutrients that each protein has to offer. For a truly balanced diet that gives your dog the right number of proteins in equal measures, alternate the meats, and indeed cuts of meat, you give throughout the week or month as much as possible. In addition to giving them a great balance, this variation can limit fussiness.