Protein is very important to many functions, including building body tissues and muscles. Proteins are simply chains of amino acids and nitrogen. Animals have a requirement for specific amino acids, specifically 10 for dogs and a certain amount of nitrogen.
What is Protein used for?
Protein can be used as an energy source when carbohydrates are not available. Carbohydrates do not tax the kidneys as heavily! They also are used to build many bodily structures. They particularly help the dog maintain their muscle mass.
Vegan Dogs and Protein
Many people are under the wrong impression DOGS cannot be Vegan. They question where they get their protein from- thinking that protein comes from meat and dismiss plant proteins. And think of plants as carbohydrates. While plants are higher in carbohydrates than most animal ingredients each ingredient usually has a combination of macronutrients in them. Muscle and organ protein- i.e. meat contain only protein and fat with no fiber. Plant based ingredients contain varying ratios of carbohydrates, fiber, fatty acids, and amino acids. Plants also come with phytochemicals that cannot be found in animals products.
MYTH: There is no protein without meat!
Amino acids are important to both people and dogs- the 10 essential amino acids for dogs are:
arginine keeps liver, skin, joints, and muscle healthy and promotes a healthy immune system
histidine helps build myelin sheaths, the coating on nerve cells that helps ensure effective nerve impulse transmission. Also important in pain control.
isoleucine important for endurance as well as healing of muscle tissue in injury recovery. Also helps in blood clotting. ALL about energy and healing.
leucine repair of damaged muscle tissue as well as in blood sugar regulation and energy.
lysine important for bone growth especially in puppies
methionine helps the body manage fat and helps maintain proper urinary PH levels. Required for the body to produce cysteine and taurine for building tissue, eliminating toxins and maintaining cardiovascular health.
phenylalanine related to appetite control and blood pressure. Related to mood and behavior.
theronine important for proper protein balance within the body.It works in mood elevation and related to skin pigmentation . Also important for liver function and immune system function.
tryptophan involved in maintaining mood, promotes relaxation, calmness, and contentedness. Important in the sleep cycle along with melatonin.
valine Important in maintaining blood sugar levels, tissue repair and energy. Also important in mental function.
We will discuss protein and all in further blogs as well but this is a basis for all those who need to know the facts on veganism and sharing our vegan lifestyle with our canine friends. Tune in tomorrow when we will discuss carbohydrates. And don’t forget to go over to the right on this page, right now and subscribe to our blog to get automatic updates to your email box!
Until tomorrow have a happy and healthy tail waggin’ day.