Amount of Protein in Dog Food\
I know we have had food discussions before, but I do not remember anyone commenting on how much protein is appropriate.
We have been feeding Tootsie Orijen 6 Fish for almost a year now, with absolutely no complaints. She still goes wild for the food and every poop have been firm.
With that being said, I had the thought that we may want to change this up for her. Being that we are very ridged about her food and snacks, her diet has pretty much been limited to the 6 Fish, carrots and homemade beef snacks and the occasional dehydrated duck breast.
So I have been looking into alternative 6 star dry foods. And was also trying to get more information about canine nutritional requirements. It's here where I am beginning to wonder.
At http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?c=2+1659+1661&aid=702 their chart states that an Adult dog's food should be at about 18% protein. Orijen's 6 Fish has 40%. According to peted.com that even surpasses the recommended percent for a performance dog or even that of a racing sled dog. Now I realize that that site is part of the Fosters and Smith site, and may be biased. But there is also a report by the Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources http://dels.nas.edu/dels/rpt_briefs/dog_nutrition_final.pdf which has a more complex formula on page 5 (Determining Grams of Essential Nutrients from Petfood Labels) which states RECOMMENDED ALLOWANCES FOR
PROTEIN in grams for adult dogs weighing 33 lbs is 25 g. Using their formula, Origen comes in at 181.6 g. So, Origen seems a bit much on either scale.
So, I was wondering, does anyone here have any input? Regarding Tootsie, she is now 1 year 9 months old. She is an English bulldog and weights about 46 pounds. We got her at just under a year and immediately put her on the Orijen. In that time she has only put on about 2 lbs - she weighs 46 lbs as of last month's vet visit. She is in great health and what I would consider strong and lean. Orijen does have a new product out called regional red but it is not for sale in the US as yet, and even that has alot of protein.
I'd really like Meghane's input on this, but any one else's advice or opinion is also welcome.
Any information or input would be greatly appreciated.