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    Was looking at moving Pender off his existing food (poor quality) to something better for him, bought a sample of Orijen Large Breed Puppy and am using it as treats, he seems to really really like it.

    Should I be concerned that it's 42% protein? That seems really high.
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    Nope.
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    The trend towards higher and higher protein levels makes me leery of certain foods. A pet dog certainly doesn't need it.. it's like putting a rocket engine in your SMARTcar... the high-protein level formulas used to be directed towards working dogs, like racing sleddogs or working border collies.

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    My lab has been on Orijen for the past 2 years and is doing wonderful. He had his yearly check up just last week and the vet commented on how healthy he is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kaytris View Post
    The trend towards higher and higher protein levels makes me leery of certain foods. A pet dog certainly doesn't need it.. it's like putting a rocket engine in your SMARTcar... the high-protein level formulas used to be directed towards working dogs, like racing sleddogs or working border collies.
    But - the typical raw diet is very high protein. Many non-working dogs do just fine on raw. Canids are designed to eat meat and don't eat a lot of non-meat foods in nature.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kaytris View Post
    The trend towards higher and higher protein levels makes me leery of certain foods. A pet dog certainly doesn't need it.. it's like putting a rocket engine in your SMARTcar... the high-protein level formulas used to be directed towards working dogs, like racing sleddogs or working border collies.
    When someone asks me this, I liken it to children.

    Children will grow on McDonalds food every day. They'll grow and grow and grow. Now the quality of food is something else, but they'll get bigger.

    I feed my dogs Orijen, and I like the way they grow. Ruby's been on this food since she was 2 years old, and she's healthy, muscular, lively, and HEALTHY.

    In the wild, and I know, silly argument, because our dogs are not. Dogs are fed whatever is around, but they also don't eat every day. Does that mean we shouldn't feed them everyday? Nope.

    So until some evidence of t he contrary comes along, I'll feed my dogs a high protein diet. They're better able to digest this than grains anyhow. When was the last time you saw a wild dog at a rice field?

    My dogs did 'well' before I started feeding them high protein. But I've really seen them bloom on the Orijen. They don't have more energy or stamina, and if you check, high energy working dogs like the ones you cited get higher carbs than anything, for energy. protein doesn't translate to energy.
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    Protein is not what dogs draw energy from. They draw energy from fat first. So a non working dog a high fat food would not be good. Orijen is only 16% fat.

    Here is more info on pups and protein to ease your mind. I feed Orijen to my litters and adults and they do great. I don't have any seniors at this time but would not hesitate to feed them Orijen too.

    http://www.b-naturals.com/newsletter/puppy-protein/

    Here's more info:

    http://www.b-naturals.com/newsletter/dogs-and-protein/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luvmydog2much View Post
    protein doesn't translate to energy.
    What do you mean by this, do you mean that it doesn't make them hyper?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nick View Post
    What do you mean by this, do you mean that it doesn't make them hyper?
    Exactly. Too much fat (where they draw energy) can.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snowco Labradors View Post
    Exactly. Too much fat (where they draw energy) can.
    That's the part that I'm curious about. Dogs do draw energy from protein, it's why they eat it. I think hyperness is probably more behavioral, or maybe sugar related, but dogs derive energy from carbohydrates, fats, and proteins.

    P.S. And I do agree that a food with that level of protein is not harmful for the puppy, provided it is formulated for growth and development and it's not overfed (excess calories are far more detrimental, at least with respect to hip dysplasia which I'm more familiar with, than protein).
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