Answering the Age-old Pet Food Debate – Chicken or Beef?

Like you, your dog food needs the right quality and amount of protein in his diet.

Proteins are important building blocks of their body’s organs, muscles, and tissues. Unlike fats, proteins are not stored inside the dog’s body for later use.

This means that dogs need a constant supply of proteins in their bodies. Low levels of quality proteins and amino acids can cause your dog various health problems over time.

With many protein choices out in the market, it’s easy to provide your dog with the right kind and amount of protein that he needs. But the question really is which meat can be the better choice if you want to supply him with good quality protein.

Let’s explore two of the most common protein choices found in dog food today: Chicken and Beef:

Meat 1: Chicken

Chicken is a lean, low-calorie, easy-to-digest meat that can provide your dog with quick, short bursts of energy. Rich in Omega-6, chicken meat helps your dog maintain their healthy skin, give a shiny coat, and build strong muscles.

High-quality chicken meat is rich in vitamins, minerals and amino acids that can help boost your dog’s immune system and can be a valuable nutrient source to encourage growth in puppies.

If you’re feeding your dog with chicken meat, make sure to check if it is free-range to ensure the meat is free from artificial hormones, antibiotics, and steroids.

Meat 2: Beef

Beef is a high-quality source of nutrients and amino acids. It is rich in iron, zinc, and B-vitamins. While it contains more nutrients compared to chicken, beef has a higher calorie count and a higher fat content which may not be good for dogs with restricted calorie intake.

Because beef is a type of red meat, it provides dogs with a slow release of energy which is ideal for endurance activities. If you’re feeding your dog with beef, grass-fed ones have more antioxidants, lower dietary cholesterol, and more nutritious than farm-raised cows.

So, which one is better?

It’s important to point out that one protein source is not necessarily better than another. Your choice of meat should depend on your dog’s needs or your personal preferences.

If you suspect, or your veterinarian has detected, food-related allergies in your dog, it’s worth trying other protein sources like novel meats, such as lamb, venison, brushtail, kangaroo, and salmon.

Why include a variety of meat on your dog’s diet?

Like humans, dogs need a well-balanced diet. Your dog may not get tired of eating his favorite dog food brand every day but getting nutrients from the same source the entire time can affect his health in the long run.

To help dogs achieve optimal health, Addiction Foods offer a wide range of protein selections from traditional to novel meats to vegetarian options.

For a nutrient-dense, protein-rich dog food, opt for Addiction’s Raw Dehydrated Food for his next meal.

With the goodness of raw meats and the convenience of drying, this raw and safe formula contains valuable enzymes, co-factors, and vitamins that are not found in processed pet foods.

Addiction’s Raw Dehydrated Food is available in eight (8) protein-rich, tasty options for dogs, including Chicken and Beef recipes.

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