Why Novel Proteins Are The Key To Dog Nutrition

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While dogs thrive on a high meat diet, feeding them the same type of meat over and over again is not only boring - it can deprive them of the diverse and balanced diet they need to thrive. After all, could you imagine eating the same meal for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, 365 days a year!?

Just like us, dogs require different kinds of proteins, plant-based micronutrients and macronutrients to keep their gut microbiome in check. Many dog owners have experienced the unpleasant surprise of a sick dog whose stomach wasn’t prepared for a change in food— but this is actually a symptom of poor gut health from eating the same thing over and over. If we ate potatoes every day, we’d probably feel a bit off after chowing down on a juicy steak dinner with a side of greens. And, just like junk food, lots of well-known kibble brands are loaded with filler and empty calories, like soy, corn, grains, and legumes. Not only does this add unnecessary calories, it’s not the healthiest option either!

Peer-reviewed studies have proven that providing a variety of novel proteins for dogs is important for maintaining a healthy diet. For example, a recent study conducted at the University of California found that dogs fed a diet with novel proteins and carbohydrates had improved nutrient absorption rates. This study was just one among many that have demonstrated the importance of providing variety to our canine companions. Not only does variety help optimize your pup’s health, it also prevents nutritional deficiencies that can lead to serious health concerns.

If you care about keeping your dog in tip-top shape, including a blend of novel proteins and superfoods in their diet is certainly one way to do it. So, what the heck are “novel” proteins anyway?!

What are novel proteins?

Novel proteins are food sources that your dog hasn’t had previously before, but aren’t limited to meats alone. Novel proteins can also include plant-based sources like flaxmeal or chia seed. By swapping from a mass farmed common protein such as chicken or beef you may also be able to address any allergy sensitivities your dog may have. Novel protein and limited ingredient or single protein diets can be a common treatment for dog-related allergies such as skin and food sensitivities.

Recently, a study by the World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) revealed confirmed that a healthy, raw diet full of novel proteins, like rabbit, quail, and venison, can ensure that your four-legged friend gets the nutrients they need without the fillers. Adding novel proteins to their diet can also give them a boost of omega-3 fatty acids – which helps with those glossy coats!

Wild caught game species such as venison, kangaroo and wild boar are all examples of novel proteins that can provide a diverse blend of the essential nutrients and vitamins that our furry friends require. In addition to being naturally low carbon and promoting conservation, wild proteins are also relatively rare in pet food recipes, and can offer a much needed variety if your dog has been consuming the same chicken recipe for some time.

This is exactly why every Eureka recipe contains what we call the “triple threat” – novel wild-caught proteins with exceptional nutrient density, ethically farmed proteins, and a superfood blend of organic fruits and vegetables – AKA our approach to optimising digestive care and overall vitality!

Wild venison & kangaroo have some of the highest iron contents of any red meat. Iron helps to transport oxygen throughout the body, which is essential for healthy cells and organs. Wild venison is particularly high in phosphorus which helps in the development of bones and teeth. Kangaroo is also high in zinc and selenium, which helps with the immune system. Wild Boar also contains high levels of monounsaturated fatty acids to keep that coat shiny and healthy. All three wild proteins are also a fantastic sources of essential B vitamins, boosting your dog’s energy levels, metabolism and overall health.

Learn more about our three drool-worthy all natural air dried dog food recipes by following the links below.

Where can I find novel protein dog food options?

An all-natural formulation loaded with wild-caught venison ethically harvested from Australia’s Alpine region. A prime source of B vitamins, zinc, phosphorus and iron, venison is also a great option for dogs who may have sensitivities to beef or chicken.

As one of the leanest red meats available, Kangaroo is a fantastic high-protein option for dogs suffering from pancreatitis, obesity or diabetes. Plus it’s a naturally low-carbon source of protein, humanely sourced under the Australian code of practice for ethical harvesting.

A higher protein & lower fat option with the added anti-inflammatory benefits of turmeric. FA fantastic option for senior dogs who may be limiting their fat intake and may need soothing for stiff or achy joints.