I just wanted to say... Good post!Essentially rotating foods allows you to rotate different nutritional profiles and helps ensure the overall diet is more balanced. Even though they're all suppose to be balanced, different formulas have different nutritional profiles. Rotating protein sources may also help in avoiding the development of specific meat allergies.
Honestly when you look at kibble, ignore the names like "roasted lamb" or "roasted venison". You really only want to look at the ingredients list along with the guaranteed analysis. For example, High Prairie is suppose to be "roasted bison and roasted venison" but the meals it uses are lamb meal and chicken meal which is what makes up the bulk of the meat content in that food. So it should be called "lamb, chicken and potatoes" but that doesn't sound as nice.
Peas are generally added to a food to increase the protein content since it's cheaper than meats obviously. In the Sierra Mountain formula, the protein content is already not very high, and it has both peas and pea protein in the first 7 ingredients so you can conclude that the total meat content is relatively lower. Since High Prairie already uses lamb meal, I don't see much of a reason to feed Sierra Mountain even if it may use a bit more lamb than High Prairie.
lol thxI just wanted to say... Good post!
I'm curious where are you getting these numbers?The recommended protein for a puppy is 28% the fat is 17%.
Yeah, that's not correct. Puppy formulas are often higher protein than adult formulas. And while ToTW has introduced puppy formulas, the ones that existed before are still all life stages foods and fine for puppies. I assume you're thinking of the old myth that high protein makes dog grow too fast, but that's not true. Overfeeding (any food) makes puppies grow too fast.There is also High Priare Canine,the protein is 32% to high for a puppy.
My vet..always had worked for me and my dogs,never any joint issues and so forth.lol thx
I'm curious where are you getting these numbers?
Cause when you look at something like Orijen, their puppy formula is 40% protein, 20% fat. Even their large breed puppy formula is 38% protein and has a comparable kcal/kg value as TotW high prairie. Similarly, Wellness Core puppy and Blue Wilderness puppy also have similar kcal/kg values as high prairie and 36% protein. So all of these puppy formulas would be feeding more protein than TotW high prairie/wetlands.
A problem which is entirely eliminated by not overfeeding. Any excess "energy burdern" (calories) will cause unhealthy weight gain/too quick of growth, regardless of whether it's coming from protein, fat or carbohydrates. So you have to look at the calories per cup of a given food and adjust accordingly. What you're saying only makes sense with the assumption that a person should and would feed the same amount of food, whether that food is something low in protein/fat/calories, like dog chow, as they would a food high in protein/fat/calories. Which should never be the case. If a food is higher in calories for whatever reason, you should always feed less of it.Protein markedly above the upper limit described here will be converted to energy, rather then incorporated into protein tissue. This will, therefore, add to the energy burden, and potentiate the problems associated with excess energy consumption, as described above
I can't imagine a dog food with only 15% protein DMB . I think the bunny chow has more protein than that.
Since raw meat is something like 80% protein DMB, and a lot of people raise puppies on prey model raw, and they grow up just fine, I'm gonna say it's not the protein that's the problem.
The info you quoted from your vet said between 15% and 27%. I was just commenting on the lower range of that. I'm not sure they make a meat-containing dog food with that low of protein.28 protein