Proteins are present in the world of diets. We know it is a low-calorie type of energy, but it actually has a much more integral function than just providing us with energy; we could say they are one of the pillars of life. That is why it is important to make sure that your pet is receiving all appropriate types of necessary proteins.
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Creating Responsible Sourcing Guidelines (RSG) for our suppliers is a way in which we promote sustainability. Besides establishing high standards for them, we also work together to create improvements in the health of workers responsible for resources extraction. We even work with comptrollers that help us checking if our suppliers are taking the necessary steps in order to improve their processes.
Proteins are a special nutrient that plays many roles in the body, including muscular growth, tissue repair, creation of enzymes, the transport of oxygen in the blood, immune system functions, and hormone functions, along with being a source of energy. Proteins are defined as a group of amino acids joint together in different quantities and sequences. Each protein is a unique combination of amino acids, and depending on their arrangements, the specific function of the protein will be determined. Proteins found in diet are digested by the stomach and the small intestine, decomposing them in their individual amino acids, which are absorbed by the bloodstream. Amino acids go to different cells from the body where they are used to build up the protein structure of the body.
More than twenty amino acids are involved in the construction of different types of protein in the body. The essential amino acids are those that cannot be formed quickly enough or with the sufficient amount to satisfy the needs for growth and maintenance; therefore, they must be provided during diet. Even though essential amino acids do not remain stored as such for a significant period of time in the body, these are constantly metabolized. As a result, they shall be provided simultaneously with the right proportions for your pet’s diet. The essential amino acids for dogs include the following:
Proteins come from both animal sources as well as plants. The majority of the ingredients contain insufficient quantities from one or more amino acids, which makes them incapable of being used as single sources to satisfy the needs of proteins. However, throughout a careful selection and combination of different sources of protein, your pet can meet his needs. For example, soybean flour and corn gluten flour complement one another perfectly, because if an amino acid is missing in one, it will be present in the other one. Neither meat protein sources nor plant protein sources are complete on their own; however, any of these can be enhanced if combined with another supplementary source of amino acids.
If you feed your dog with the formula of Purina ONE® in accordance with our feeding guidelines for dogs, you can be confident that all of your dog’s protein requirements will be covered.