Ask Dr V: Nutrition, rotation diets, and high protein

Today I’m showing Part 2 of the Ask Dr V series. I believe, though I haven’t checked it against the itinerary, that I should be on my way to the Ngorongoro Crater as we speak. Unless a chimp shoved me off the mountain earlier in the week, in which case these pre-published videos will be on a whole new level of macabre.

Which, by the way, my shade would find utterly hysterical.

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  • Leigh

    I agree that it fully depends on your dog’s individual needs. If your dog has aggressive tendencies, according to Dr. Nicholas Dodman at Tuft University, a high protein diet (over 23-25%) may increase those tendencies. If your dog (with aggressive tendencies) is highly active, more protein is fine. If it is sedentary then why give it all this extra energy-producing food that it may expend by becoming more aggressive?

    Effect of dietary protein content on behavior in dogs. Dodman NH, Reisner I, Shuster L, Rand W, Luescher UA, Robinson I, Houpt KA. J Am Vet Med Assoc. 1996 Feb 1;208(3):376-9.
    Effect of dietary protein content and tryptophan supplementation on dominance aggression, territorial aggression, and hyperactivity in dogs. DeNapoli JS, Dodman NH, Shuster L, Rand WM, Gross KL. J Am Vet Med Assoc. 2000 Aug 15;217(4):504-8. Erratum in: J Am Vet Med Assoc 2000 Oct 1;217(7):1012.

  • Tamara

    Great advice :)