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Understanding Plant Based Protein in Dog Food

Understanding Plant Based Protein in Dog Food

When it comes to feeding our pets, many of us may be under the impression that animal-sourced protein is the only way to go. However, it's important to understand that protein quality is more important than protein source.


What is plant-based protein?

Plant-based proteins, such as nuts, seeds and grains, can be just as effective in providing essential amino acids as animal-sourced proteins. In fact, complementary plant-based protein sources can provide "complete" proteins, meaning they contain all of the essential amino acids that our pets need to thrive. 


Why should I provide plant-based protein to my dog?

Many plant-based proteins are easily digestible for pets, comparable to animal-based proteins. Plant-based proteins are less commonly identified as allergens for dogs and may reduce risk of food hypersensitivities and adverse reactions to food. Many pets that have food allergies or sensitivities do well on plant-based diets.

It's also important to note that feeding our pets a diet based on plant-powered protein can have a positive impact on the environment. Animal agriculture is a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions, deforestation, and water pollution. By choosing plant-based options for our pets, we can help reduce their carbon "pawprint".


In conclusion, whether it is animal-sourced or plant-powered, there's more to protein than just the amount measured. By choosing high quality plant-based options for our pets, we can not only ensure they are getting the nutrients they need, but also contribute to a more sustainable future for all.