If you have ever given a look at the ingredients label on high protein pet treats you will know they are full of healthy amino acids. But even more important to the ongoing health and maintenance of your dog or cat is the fact that they are high in protein and low in fat. They are high in quality nutrients and provide a huge amount of essential fatty acids. Amino acids are what build strong tissues and hormones. They are essential for the proper functioning of many bodily functions in the body including the building and maintenance of the immune system. They also play an important role in many biochemical processes in the body and help to make the cell membranes, as well as many other tissues and organs, function normally.
There are five common protein families, which are: L-Arginine, L-Glutamine, L-Tryptophan, BCAAs (branched chain amino acids) and N-Acids. All of these can be found in green leafy vegetables, beans, fish, dairy products, and red meat. However, there is one amino acid which is especially found in high protein dog treats and that is glutamine.
Dogs that are allowed to eat a high protein raw diet are usually healthier and live longer than those that are not given this special diet. It is thought that the addition of glutamine to the high protein raw diet may be one of the reasons why dogs on this diet live longer and healthier lives. This is because it helps to prevent the build-up of uric acid (urate) which is often a contributing factor to the onset of cancer in dogs. Uric acid is a by-product of the breakdown of chemical compounds called purines. Uric acid is found in the bones, cartilage, and kidneys.
Some studies indicate that there is a positive correlation between uric acid levels and the risk of developing gout, a painful and potentially debilitating disease. Some researchers have suggested that a diet rich in raw bone food could help to reduce the risk of gout by reducing the number of purines that dogs consume. If true, then the raw meat and bones diet would seem to be an excellent choice for dogs that suffer from gout.
For those pet owners that are concerned about their dogs’ health, they may want to think twice about adding this kind of food to their dogs’ meals. One reason for caution is that studies have not shown any significant reduction in the incidence of gout in healthy dogs that are fed high protein diets. Another concern is that a high protein diet is generally very high in fatty substances. This may not sound good for those pet owners with high cholesterol counts or fatty deposits in their livers.
Although high-quality protein pet food is higher in quality than many commercially manufactured dog treats, it should be considered a treat and not a replacement for regular food. It is also best to read the label carefully when choosing which treats to give your dog. Some high-protein dog treats, such as chicken and beef, contain too much fat. Other high protein treats, such as venison, contain excessive amounts of protein that can cause canine nutrition problems. Always look for the label on these items to determine the level of protein content. Finally, as with any type of pet food, it is important to remember that just because a product is high in protein does not mean that it is high quality.