I suppose with such a good food you can feed him less so that will bring the protein level down to what I was giving him
and average adult pet dog requires 18 percent protein ... 35 percent is almost double and i highly doubt a cavalier spaniel is extra active to utilize all that protein ... i have a 14 pound jack russell terrier who is extra active and on those excessive protein kibbles, it mostly just shot out the other end of her ... all those excessive protein "6 star" kibbles (rated by ONE website) are too rich for an average pet dog ... the kidneys and liver will have to work harder and the poop will be dark and soft and gross ... you can get grain free with a lower protein level and that would be better for your dog ...
35% is a bit high, and really the protein percentage has nothing to do with how much you feed your dog. To figure out how much has to be fed, you have to look at the Kcal/cup content. That tells you how nutrient dense the food is. Normally to get a protein level that high the companies have to do some questionable things. They can use a large amount of dehydrated meats to bump up the protein or they add things like feathers. While this shows in the lab as a high protein content it is not necessarily protein that a dogs digestive system can process. Also if you are talking about the EVO food that has come out, you should know that they were just bought by Proctor Gamble which is notorious for ruining good foods with lowered ingredient qualities.
I have a very healthy Cav who eats Orijen, which is 38% protein, but he is very active.
There is some dispute as to whether or not high protein is a bad thing, but as already pointed out most of these studies were performed on rats, not dogs. Look at a rats diet and a dogs...
You do feed less of a high quality food, but it isn't the protein levels that determine that. Cheap food is abundant with fillers, therefore you must feed more to meet nutritional requirements. My Cav is slim and weighs about 17lbs. He actually eats less than the recommendation and gets overweight on anything more. He eats about 1/2c a day.
The diet a dog was designed for includes high protein levels. The study that suggests protein levels were too high for dogs were conducted on RATS. Protein levels have nothing to do with the amount you feed him
There is no conclusive evidence that high protien is bad for ANY dog. In most foods it means the food contains more meat, which is good. This article touches on the low protein v. high protein debate: http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/best-dog-foods/low-p...
It's DOUBLE the correct level!
RICE IS ALSO VERY VERY GOOD FOR DOGS
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