Friday, October 23, 2009

A Healthy Diet - The Role Of Protein In Your Dog’s Health

How can protein work in a dog’s body? Consider a string of beads and each string is needed to produce a complete picture or an artwork. The job of protein in your dog can be compared to this strings of beads. Each protein is just like individual strings of beads. Just as these strings constructed in the right order to create a picture, different types of proteins will need to go together to produce a dog.

Each and every string is made up of different amounts of colored beads which are set up in a precise pattern to produce certain body parts such as the hair, the nose, or the ear of the picture. The colored beads can be compared to amino acids, or substances that are attached to the strings to produce different proteins.

There is certainly 23 amino acids that are the molecular building blocks of protein. Your pet dog can build 13 amino acids inside his body while the other ten amino acids will need to come from another source and has to be consumed. A puppy will not grow unless he is supplied with the remaining 10 essential amino acids. Without them he will become sick and will eventually die. Similarly, if an adult dog is not getting the proper amount of these 10 amino acids, he will become weak and suffer nutritional deficiencies.

These ten essential amino acids is often acquired from meat and plants, which offer the best sources because they contain the largest number of essential amino acids.

Not all proteins are identical, as some are better for your pet dog than others. How much protein a dog needs depends on how much of the essential amino acids are supplied by that protein. The protein’s ability to provide the dog’s Minimum Daily Requirement (MDR) of the 10 essential amino acids is called its biological value .

A few facts about value of protein for your dog’s health:

1. Proteins are the building blocks of your dog’s body.

2. Proteins are essential for all aspects of growth and development and are important in structural makeup and the immune system. Additionally, they are burned as calories and can be converted to and stored as fat if required.

3. They are required for healthy nails, skin, and coat.

4. They are necessary for the production of hormones in the bloodstream.

5. They provide a healthier immune system.

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