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Q. Are high protein dog foods (35% to 40%) bad for small dogs like a Maltese?

Answered By
DR. ANDREA M. BRODIE, DVM

A. High Protein dog foods are not suitable for non-working dogs. Dogs are not carnivores , but omnivores. They need a well balanced diet of protein, carbohydrates, and fat. High protein dog food is also a high calorie food and can lead to serious weight gain. Your dog should be fed a diet that is specifically formulated for his lifestyle, life stage, and size. Best to stick with food manufactured by a pet food company that develop their pet food through scientific research, with veterinary nutritionists, and perform feeding trials.


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