Protein is super important in your doggos diet. It is made out of amino acids which are crucial for tissue growth and repair. Proteins are found in both plant and meat-based products. However, meat-based products are a much better source of amino acids.

Protein is key for puppers, as they are still growing and need plenty of amino acids to grow healthy muscles. A healthy adult doggo should be eating 15%-23% of the protein in their dry matter in their daily meals. An important thing to remember is that the ingredients you use should be high quality and natural for your doggo to digest the protein properly.

How can I tell if my doggo is getting enough protein?

One of the first signs that your dog is lacking protein will come in the form of a duller coat. You will notice that your dog’s naturally shiny coat will be matte and dry.

The more serious issue will start if you notice your doggo getting sick regularly. A lack of amino acids has been linked to a declining immune system.


What are the best ways to add protein to my doggos diet?

Keeping this list super inclusive, we have listed below varied ways in which you can improve your doggos protein intake. The most important takeaway is to listen to your doggo and veterinarian. They will know best. Keep an eye out for hair loss, weight loss, and mood changes. This should be a pretty good indication to go and get their levels checked.


Eggs are a great source of proteins for both humans and doggos. They are a perfect addition to both doggos formulas and homemade additives. The prep is super simple, scramble an egg with nothing added, and wait until mostly cooled. This will make the perfect treat for your hungry doggo. They will enjoy the warm scrambled treat while reaping the most benefit from the protein.

You can also mix in a raw egg to their dog biscuits.

Meat Products

Real meat and meat by-products are the best and most natural forms of protein that your doggo can ingest.

Chicken Breast

Chicken breast is best boiled, with no additives such as herbs and spices. Just pure chicken in water until well cooked. Once cooled the chicken breast is perfect for your doggos dinner, and the leftover chicken ‘broth’ is a great way to cool down your doggo during summer. Try freezing the ‘broth’ and adding the ice cubes to your doggos water bowl during summer. They will love the crunchy treat.

Beef Tendons

Beef tendons are high in protein and low in fat, making them the perfect addition to your doggos diet. They can also improve their joint health and dental health. The best form is dried, however, boiled in water with no additives is also good.

Kangaroo Fillets

Kangaroo is even better than beef for those doggos who need a low-fat, high-protein diet. This meat is super lean and has the added benefits of iron and zinc. Kangaroo fillets is also seen as a great choice for any doggos with food allergies.


Cheese is very high in protein, however, this should be a high reward treat and only given now and then. Cheese is very high in fat, especially yellow cheese. If you wanted to add cheese more regularly, we would recommend a white cheese, such as a cottage.


Fish such as tuna and mackerel are amazing additions to your doggos diet. As much as you will not love your furry friend’s breath after a big dinner with fish in it, they will appreciate the high-protein treat. Fish should only ever be given to your canine companion after it has been cooked and thoroughly de-boned. Many doggo foods that are available on the market today will have salmon as one of the ingredients. Salmon is a great choice for biscuits as it is the best source of omega-3 fatty acids.

Peanut Butter

Peanut butter is a great high-reward treat that any canine companion is sure to love. It is rich and crunchy, making it such a fun time. It is fatty and very filling. When choosing a peanut butter make sure it is unsalted and not the sugar-free variety. The sugar-free peanut butter contains xylitol which is very toxic to dogs. The best case would be to make your very own, doggo-friendly peanut butter out of roasted peanuts and virgin coconut oil.

How much is too much?

Your canine companion is mostly a carnivore. They are made to eat a diet of proteins, carbs, and fats. However, just like with your diet, you should keep them balanced. We recommend adding fruits, veg and natural dog treats into their daily intake. You do not want to have their diet be 100% meat and meat-based products if it can be avoided. Most dogs get rid of any excess nutrients and proteins their bodies don’t absorb through their urine.

We want to make one thing clear, if your doggo has any kidney diseases, avoid giving them a high-protein diet at all costs. A high-protein diet will not actively cause issues but may make active issues worse. If you have any concerns, please contact your veterinarian.