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?

    (References:
    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 :)