Amino Acids the Building Blocks of Protein for Dogs
When it comes to a dog’s diet, protein is the starting point when building a species appropriate feeding regimen. But while feeding a dog adequate amounts of protein is important, feeding a dog the correct type of protein is just as important (if not more important). Like it is with carbohydrates, all proteins are not created equal as a dog’s body can utilize some protein sources more fully than others.
Amino Acids are the Building Blocks of Protein
Proteins are made up of the smaller amino acid components which in different combinations, form the different proteins. A dog’s body will use 22 amino acids, twelve of which can be produced by the dog’s body sufficiently. These are called non-essential amino acids because they are not essential from a dietary perspective. The essential amino acids are the 10 amino acids that a dog’s body cannot sufficiently produce and thus, these must be supplied through diet.
The ten essential amino acids are:
Protein is also the primary source of nitrogen, which is used by the dog’s body to synthesize nonessential amino acids and other important raw materials that are needed to support life.
A dog’s body needs all of the essential amino acids available in order to properly synthesize protein. If some of the essential aminos are missing, protein cannot be synthesized by the body which means that protein ingested is not able to be fully utilized at the cellular level.
Next week, I will discuss which proteins are the best and most appropriate for a dog’s body, the proteins which will supply the essential amino acids and meet other important criteria for a dog’s diet.