Common Myths About Pet Food and Nutrition

Common Myths About Pet Food and Nutrition

  • By Emily K.
  • Feb 27, 2019
Common Myths About Pet Food and Nutrition

Common Myths about Pet Foods and Nutrition:

1)      The best pet food is sold/advocated by veterinarians.  You should always pay attention to the ingredients on the package.  Most large brands sold in vet offices are marked “premium” and are often manufactured by conglomerate food manufactures who use protein from grains or grain by-product like corn gluten meal, brewer’s rice, and wheat rather than from healthy meat sources.  When checking the ingredients on the package look for a meat or meat meal, like chicken meal or lamb meal, to be listed BEFORE any grains, not after.

2)     Dry food cleans your dog’s and cat’s teeth.  Your dog’s and cat’s teeth are very pointed and designed to bite, tear, and chew raw meat.  When an animal is feed dry food/kibble they will either swallow it whole or shatter it.  If the food is shattered it could cause more dental problems rather than help them.  Food can become lodged between teeth which could lead to bacterial growth.  Natural diets, healthy chews, and regular brushing are the best practices for healthy teeth and gums for your pet.

3)     Pets need life stage appropriate diets. (i.e. puppy, kitten, senior formulas)  A high quality, varied diet is the best option for young and old pets.  Life stage diets were created as a marketing tool to sell more food.  Look for pet foods which list a meat or meat meal before it lists any grains, and never overfeed your pet.

4)     Table scraps and other “people foods” are bad for your dog and cat.  NO.  THIS IS NOT TRUE.  It’s totally fine to give your pets “people food;” however, there are some things to remember.  Whatever you feed them must be healthy for them—think meat, steamed and finely chopped veggies and fruits, rice, and oatmeal, but NO JUNK FOOD.  Also remember if you’re feeding them scraps to not overfeed them with their regular food.



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