Due to several myths, nutrition often takes a back seat when our pet’s going through crucial stages, the growth period to the older stage. We tend to impose our beliefs on our pet’s diet. As it is our responsibility to take complete care of our pet’s nutrition right from the day we bring them home, we need to be aware of dog nutrition properly. Let’s dig in to know everything we can. What is a dog nutrition’s overall requirement? There are 3 main components, protein, fat and carbohydrate in a basic dog’s nutritional diet.In wet pet food, the protein level should be near 80% and you can add 10% carbohydrates and 5% fat in it.The main nutrition requirement in a dog's diet is protein.Whereas in dry food, the protein content shall be 60% and carbs need to be 20% of the overall nutrition. Does the nutrition requirement change for different breeds?If your pet is a giant breed, we suggest a slightly lower protein content.As their growth rate is extremely fast and while running, they expend a large amount of energy so they require more carbs.It is important to know that no dog requires a drastic difference in protein unless there are underlying health issues.For an instance, if a Labrador is on a 60% protein diet then, a giant breed can do well with a 50% protein diet. What kinds of proteins are available for a pet’s diet?There are 2 types of proteins available – vegetarian and non-vegetarian.For non-vegetarian protein, there are many options available such as chicken, fish, mutton, turkey etc.For vegetarian protein you may go with lentils, paneer, tofu, soy, peas, corn etc.We tend to think that vegetarian protein is suitable for our pets but your pet might face a deficiency of vitamin B12 and taurine if you make them stick to vegetarian proteins only.Keep in mind that they genuinely require this essential nutrient for their growth. Can we use eggs to provide protein? An egg is a completely balanced protein and has all 22 amino acids.However, being over reliant on only eggs will cause various health issues.Eggs shall not be the only source of protein for your dog’s diet.The egg white contains enzyme inhibitors which while cooking creates protein deficiency issues.Make sure to limit it and use it as a snack for a few days a week. Is there a danger of too much protein in a dog's diet?Feeding excessive protein may lead to kidney issues.This can be indicated by a urine test.Hence, you should only add 80% protein in the diet. In what health issues, a dog’s protein intake must be revised?Renal problem is one of the kinds of health issues in which a dog’s diet would change.Gastrointestinal issues would also require you to moderately revise the protein intake for better digestion.If you have been giving your dog a good quality protein-based diet over the years, it is less likely for your dog to develop a kidney problem.The decisions of protein content in your pet’s diet must be taken in early stages as this affects their long term well-being.If you stay careful from the very beginning, you might prevent many health issues.As your dog gets older, ensure the food consistency is easy to digest.I would suggest feeding proteins like fish and other easily consumable items.