Working at my dog food store I've had two types of people come in when it comes to Protein. I've had customers come into the store that needed a dog food with the least amount of protein and I've had customers who needed a dog food with a high amount of protein. And I always brought them over to two different kibble. Highest protein: Orijen. Lowest protein: Solid Gold. And now you know. So let's get into it.
Going through a dog food store, it's a lot to take in. Especially if you're on the hunt for something in particular that you need out of that dog food. Say your dog is skin and bones. You need to bulk them up and bulk them up fast. And that's the case with possibly rescue dogs that just came from a bad home. They weren't fed and are dealing with malnutrition. They need food in their bellies and they need to start putting that weight on. Orijen Original is your best bet in my opinion. It contains 40% protein, a lifesaver for some starving dogs who need to start gaining that weight. And it will do the trick. Now there might be other underlying health conditions to why a dog is skin and bones or keeps losing weight so it's always best to consult with a veterinarian. But if your dog is just a skinny dog that needs to put on weight give Orijin a try. Another great high protein is freeze-dried raw. I give my dog, Zoey, Stella and Chewy freeze-dried raw Turkey and it contains 40% protein. Now you can feed freeze-dried raw as a meal but I just feed it to Zoey as a treat and sometimes sprinkle it on her kibble because I'd break the bank feeding her that alone. Zoey is a healthy fit dog. She's not skinny and she's not overweight. The current kibble I feed her has a protein of 29% so if you want a good number for a normal amount of protein I'd suggest that.
Why would you need the least amount of protein possible in our store? Why would you need the dog food Solid Gold? I have customers who come in when their dog has kidney disease and the vet told them to go on a low-protein diet. I immediately showed them Solid Gold which has a Protein of around 18%. A low-protein diet will help reduce the workload of those kidneys that you need to keep in tip-top shape. That's why 18% is a great number to look for when you're in the dog food store. And as always you can check the back of the bags where you'll find the protein amount.
I hope you found this helpful and now know what you should stay away from regarding protein percentage-wise and what you should search for. And not every store has the dog food brands I listed here so you might have to look at every bag in the store yourself to get a good idea of what that dog food store has as the best protein percentage that you need for your pup. And don't be afraid to ask one of the staff members at the dog food store because they are always there to help.