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Just been on another forum where a woman wants help with her too thin setter. Amongst a load of veg she's feeding it 'pulses for protein'. Now my first reaction is that this is bonkers, but I don't know enough to say.

She's also feeding it rice and some meat daily, but whether the meat is cooked or raw I daren't ask.
 

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Depends whether you believe dogs can process protein from vegetable sources. Not sure there's a definitive answer to this one, although there is an awful lot of opinion available on the net - for both sides :)

Pulses are certainly an excellent source of protein for vegetarians, so you can understand why she would think it's a sensible thing to do.

I guess you can only really monitor the dog's condition to see if it does them any good.
 

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I know something about combining vegetable protein sources to make complete proteins for humans, being a vegetarian. Assuming it's the same for dogs.....

Rice and pulses complement each other well, the ratio should be 3-4 parts rice to 1 part pulses. As already said, avoid soya. Rice should be brown to get the best of the B vitamins.
 
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