Interpretive Summary: Standardized amino acid digestibility and protein quality in extruded canine diets containing hydrolyzed protein using a precision-fed rooster assay
By: Clare Hsu, Pamela L Utterback, Carl M Parsons, Fabio Marx, Ryan Guldenpfennig, Maria R C de Godoy
Hydrolyzed protein has been more commonly used in the pet food industry recently to increase digestibility, decrease allergenic responses, and for other health benefits (such as anti-inflammation and anti-oxidation) in companion animals. The study was designed to determine the protein quality of two protein hydrolysates for incorporating into dry dog foods. Chicken meal (CM) was chosen to be the control protein source as it is a high-quality protein source and has been widely used in pet foods. The test hydrolyzed proteins were made from chicken liver and heart or mechanically separated chicken. The current study aimed to compare the test hydrolyzed proteins, which are usually highly digestible, with a traditional high-quality protein to examine if the hydrolyzed proteins were comparable with CM or of higher quality. Five treatment diets were formulated with CM and/or hydrolyzed proteins. Cecectomized roosters were used in the assay to determine the amino acid digestibility and protein quality of the ingredients and treatment diets. It was shown that all ingredients and diets were highly digestible. The protein hydrolysates were of higher protein quality that better met the animals’ needs. Conclusively, the test protein hydrolysates are suitable protein sources in canine diets to create high-value and specialty foods.
Read the full article in the Journal of Animal Science.