Regulation of protein intake in adult dogs

J Am Vet Med Assoc. 1983 Jan 1;182(1):41-3.

Abstract

To determine whether adult dogs are able to regulate their intake of protein, 2-year-old female Beagles were allowed self-selection from 2 diets that differed in concentration of protein. Such a feeding regimen permitted the dogs to select for protein without affecting energy intake. Within the 1st week of the 4-week study, the dogs had established their pattern of protein intake. They selected approximately 30% of metabolizable energy from protein. Adult female rats offered the same diets also selected 30% of metabolizable energy from protein. The results indicated that adult dogs are able to regulate protein and energy intake.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Dietary Proteins / metabolism*
  • Dogs / physiology*
  • Eating
  • Energy Intake
  • Female
  • Rats
  • Rats, Inbred Strains / physiology

Substances

  • Dietary Proteins