Why Dr. Harvey Recommends Rotating Proteins in Your Pet's Diet

Why Dr. Harvey Recommends Rotating Proteins in Your Pet's Diet

Rotating proteins in your pet's food is key to a balanced and healthy diet. To help explain why, we've invited Dr. Harvey to share his insight with us.

Rotating proteins in your pet's food is key to a balanced and healthy diet. To help explain why, we've invited Dr. Harvey to share his insight with us.

Each protein or meat source that you feed your dog or cat is very different in its nutritional makeup. Proteins are made up of amino acids and the concentration of essential and non-essential amino acids is different in each type of protein. This means that the amino acids components of beef are different from chicken and chicken is different from fish and eggs and so on.

So when you rotate proteins in your companion’s diet, you are offering them a different concentration of amino acids that is specific to each protein.

Why We Need Amino Acids

Amino acids are the building blocks of protein and muscle tissue. Many physiological processes in the body relating to health are affected by these building blocks including: energy, recovery, muscle hypertrophy, fat loss, and strength.

A large proportion of cells in a dog or cat’s body (including muscles and tissue) is made up of amino acids, meaning they carry out many important bodily functions such as giving cells their structure. They also play a key role in the transport and the storage of nutrients. Amino acids have an influence on the function of organs, glands, tendons, and arteries. They are furthermore essential for healing wounds and repairing tissue, especially in the muscles, bones, skin and coat,  as well as for the removal of all kinds of waste deposits produced in connection with the metabolism.

If one or more amino acids are not available in sufficient quantities in the body, the production of protein is weakened and the metabolism may only function in a limited way.

Rotating Proteins in Your Pet's Diet

By feeding our pets a variety of meats (like beef, poultry, eggs, and fish), we are providing them with all the different amino acids they need to thrive. 

While I highly encourage rotating proteins, I am not an advocate for the use of organ meat in your pet’s diet.* In particular, I caution pet parents to avoid the use of liver in the diet. The reason for this is obvious: the liver is the main detoxifying organ in the body.  The liver is the garbage dump of the body where all the preservatives, hormones, pesticides, herbicides and insecticides end up. If you are feeding this to your dog or cat, you are also giving them a big dose of toxins. So I believe liver should be avoided at all cost. We do not use liver in any of our foods or treats.

My recommendation is always to feed real food to your companion animals, offer them a variety of protein sources and avoid organ meats that contain large doses of toxins.

Feeding this way will provide the healthiest diet for your pets and offer them the longevity and wellness that we all want to provide.

Stop by the store to check out our selection of Dr. Harvey's food. We also sell some of his healthy pet products through our online market.

* Here at The Pet Beastro, we believe that feeding your pet organ meat is not only safe, but also beneficial to their health. Learn more about our philosophy on feeding organ meat here.

Sources:

www.BodyBuilding.com/fun/issa89.htm

www.AminoAcid-Studies.com/amino-acids/what-are-amino-acids.html

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