sources of proteins are meats, like beef, chicken and fish or
eggs. Protein can also be provided by grains, although the
proteins provided in grain are of a lower quality and are not
readily digested by dogs. Most greyhound trainers
feed meat which would provide almost all of the total protein
requirements of their dogs. Seven hundred grams of meat will
provide approximately 80-85% of the total protein requirements
of the racing greyhound4.
greyhounds fed 70% meat based diets should receive a low protein
(12 - 17% protein) dry food to avoid excess protein intake.
fed a 50:50 diet of meat and dry food, a 20% protein dry food
should be used. An overall average of 17 - 25% protein on an
Ďas fedí basis is sufficient for racing greyhounds.
can be used as an energy source, which is particularly useful in
some instances but for racing greyhounds is inefficient when
compared with fats and sugars. As mentioned above, requirements
of protein vary depending on a number of factors. Racing sled
dogs benefit from high protein levels (> 30%) in their diet.
Whereas studies of greyhounds have shown that high levels of
protein and low levels of carbohydrates slowed track times by
0.18 seconds over five hundred meters, equivalent to 2.5 meters
at the finishing post. As we know the smallest margin can be the
difference between winning and losing in greyhound racing.
levels can impact on performance, careful selection of dry foods
is recommended. Commercial dry foods, particularly premium and
complete dry foods have high protein contents usually containing
30% protein. Feeding these dry foods in combination with meat
may exceed protein requirements of racing greyhounds and could
have disastrous effects on performance.
protein may also change depending on race schedules. Feeding
high levels of protein in some instances can assist performance.
Research has shown that very high protein (> 40%) increased
plasma volume and feeding dietary protein more than 32%
prevented a decline in Hct in racing sled dogs. With this
information in mind feeding high protein dry food following a
race may aid in recovery and repair of muscle and other tissues.