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Just like high performing athletes, working dogs are susceptible to muscle injuries. Even the best dogs will experience them. The result is that your dog, a key resource on your farm, will not be performing to its potential.
Working dogs therefore need protein to rebuild and repair their muscles after a hard day’s work on-farm. Protein diets to provide that vital protection which enables them to consistently perform at their peak.
Ingredients on the pack are listed in order with the ingredient making up the biggest proportion of the product listed first, and the smallest last. If the first ingredient is ‘cereals and cereal by-products’, this means that cereals make up the biggest proportion of the food. It is important to think about the percentage of protein in your dog’s food, but it is not the only consideration.
The digestibility of the protein also plays an important role. Protein comes from different sources, including animals (meat) and plants. Although proteins sourced from meat and plants are both classed as proteins, they are digested differently by your dog. One way to measure the digestibility is by looking at the amount to feed each day. Feeding guidelines can be found on the pack. The less ‘grams per’ usually means a higher digestibility. It also ensures your dog is getting the right amount of nutrition and energy to work longer and harder.