If you don’t think dogs can eat too much meat, you may have fallen victim to some strategic marketing tactics.
Similar to us, dogs are omnivores. That means they thrive on a healthy balance of protein, carbs and fat. And although proteins are key to building muscles, there can be too much of a good thing.
Excess protein can’t be stored in the body, so it has to be broken down and excreted in the urine. Getting rid of all that protein can do a number on the kidneys and the liver, too.
Protein is also pretty high in calories. That’s why high-protein diets can pack on the pounds unless a dog is active enough to use that energy.
The bottom line is it’s the quality — not the quantity — of protein that counts. Ask your veterinarian for suggestions on diets for your pooch’s lifestyle, age and size.