call2arms wrote:I don't know about necessarily being over energetic on a high protein diet. I think it probably just depends on the dog itself, more than the food - if you have a more high strung dog, he'll tend to spend excess energy (calories) maybe by being more active (possibly excited) and if you have a more laid back dog, he can pack on the pounds... We have many people who come in at work with FAT animals on high protein diets - no health issues, other than being grossly overweight.
This lady is feeding Orijen to her chihuahua, and even though she's walking him more and attempting to make him lose weight, he recently gained a pound. He's got very low energy and basically could care less about spending calories from his 38% protein (and 25% carbs)... I think it really depends on the dog, but I think if it's meant to sit on the couch all day, then maybe it shouldn't be on such a rich diet.
It's debated in horses as well. Calories, so energy contents, rather than protein itself, can cause hyper behavior in horses... Often horses being fed grain that includes molasses can have problems with being high siprited, as well, while the same grain mix without molasses can make a difference... Nutrition is complex.
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