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Old 10-14-2017, 06:41 PM
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Is there such thing as an ideal percent of protein for a Chihuahua (or any other specific breed)
How much protein is too much for a dog?
When I buy dog food I stay away from bags that say "high protein" especially when I see a picture of a husky/wolf type dog. Not because of I don't like those type of dogs but because my first thought is that I have a 5 pound Chi
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Old 10-15-2017, 12:56 AM
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It depends on the age of your dog. Puppies need more than an adult dog for growing spurts. I feed grain free kibble to my dogs. I'm ashamed to say that I don't know how high the protein level is. I think it is between 25-30%?
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Old 10-15-2017, 04:10 PM
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I figured puppies need more protein but I wondered if there a specific amount they should be getting. I also feed grain free but not a very high quality kibble as I can't afford it. I also didn't know the protein percent of my dogs kibbles but yesterday I looked it up and they range between 24% to 28%
I was asking because I bought a small bag that contains 34% protein. Which I'm thinking is a bit too high. But I'll give them a couple pieces here and there as I want to see if they like the flavor salmon. Plus there's no need to throw it out. I just don't think I'll buy them that again.
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I don't think there is any kibble that can be said to have too much protein for a healthy dog. Certain medical problems are different, of course. Usually a higher protein content will indicate a higher meat content, which many people strive for. Just be aware that the higher protein/fat foods are often higher in calories, too, so you will likely need to feed less. I feed to body condition, meaning I can feel ribs when I pet or pick up my dog, but can't see ribs unless the dog is taking a deep breath/sniff.
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I once was told by a PetSmart employee that one of the possible issues with "higher" protein (especially if the dog wasn't use to the percentage of protein) is the dog may develop diarrhea. Yes even with a slow transition. But he said they eventually can get use to it. Which I know any new dog food can cause that, high protein or not. But that's why I specifically tend to stay away. The dog food is Crave and it's more expensive then what I'm buying now. So I definitely don't plan on buying it anymore. But I also don't want to stay away from "high" protein for ever just because I was told it can cause diarrhea.
Lol I know I didn't agree last time on "body condition" But since it has more calories/fat. My dog Jr specifically doesn't need anything extra as I'd probably feed him the same amount/ what's recommended on the bag
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Be careful of following the amounts given on a bag of food. I think mostly there is too many calories in that amount. I was told a full grown chi needs about 200 calories a day?

My chi's each get 1/8th of a cup of kibble (grain free) in the am. This gives me the OK to give them little bits of whatever I eat! They love the treats, and I don't worry about them getting too fat.
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The main issue I have is that he isn't a "purebred" Chihuahua. Actually none of my dogs are. Buddy Bear is the closest "purebred" and he's 5 pounds (he sometimes goes to 6) Jr is the farthest from being a "real" Chihuahua but he's definitely part Chihuahua and probably dachshund (I'm not too sure)
His food per cup is 348 calories. He gets 1 cup and a third. That's 464 calories per day. The "recommended" amount is 1 cup- 1 ? cups for 13 to 20 pounds. And he's definitely not meant to be smaller then 13 pounds.
Lately I've been taking a very little bit of kibble out when I give him a treat or a bit more when I give him rice. But I just personally have issues with giving my dogs less. Plus Jojo gets the same exact amount as Jr and Jojo weighs way less. I've even gotten people ask me if I feed Jojo enough.
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Dogs can have very different metabolisms, so they may need very different amounts of food, even if they are about the same size. I would ignore people who ask if you feed Jojo enough. Many people think a dog is too skinny unless it is shaped like a sausage!
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