Don’t Buy The Lies:
1. Affordable food will work: Just because dog or cat food is affordable doesn’t mean it’s good and safe for your pet. And just because it’s the most expensive brand on the market doesn’t mean it’s the best, either. Dogs and cats have specific needs, cats need more protein, where dogs need a balance of protein and good carbohydrates. Watch for foods that have bone meats. Strive for foods that have eggs, fish, and good sources of protein like liver. Corn is often used for a filler. With these foods, pets often eat more, mess more, and gain more weight. Healthier foods are more filling, so you use less, there’s less mess, and your pet stays in shape.
2. Dry food cleans your pets teeth: Dogs and cats have more pointed teeth, so maybe the hard chomping cleans the tips of their teeth, but it’s really just a big myth. Raw meats and bones are the best way to promote dental health because they message the area of the tooth closest to the gum where tooth decay begins.
3. People food is a no-no for pets: Actually as long as you feed your pet good, cooked or raw meat, veggies, and fruits, it is very healthy for them to have table scraps. However, to avoid them gaining weight, when you give them people food, cut down on their pet food serving for that day. I also wouldn’t recommend feeding them from the table, as that will instill poor manners. And do avoid grapes, onions, raisins, and other foods that are toxic for dogs and animals.
4. Changing food is dangerous and should be done over time: Holistic veterinarians actually encourage changing your pets diet frequently to avoid allergies from building up. When pets are given highly healthy food, their system has the capacity to digest even raw foods quickly. The only time their system may be upset is if they are hyper allergic or have been feeding on one of these less healthy diets high in corn, grain, and filled with meat by products.
5. It is okay for dogs and cats to share the same food: Wrong! Although there are a limited amount of canned foods that meet the needs of both cats and dogs, most cat foods are strictly for cats and most dog foods are designed only for dogs. If left to eat cat food, dogs can become overweight and develop pancreatitis. Since cats need less carbohydrates than dogs, they too can also gain weight but become deficient in a necessary amino acids such as Taurine.
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Lisa Freeman is an author, speaker, and AKC Evaluator, Dog Trainer, and Certified Pet Therapist, who has founded two non-profits. She specializes in rescuing and recovery of people and pets. She is the Healing Projects Specialist for the Bully Police USA and rehabilitates bullies (both people and dogs). Click here for more information