Myths are part of our lives. For some, we try to explore and find the truth while few others we just accept it as truth and do not dwell in deep to find the real fact. Same as for dog food, many myths go around about their nutritional diet, which supplement to give. There are definitely top foods your pet should avoid, but not all come into this category, as some of them are essential for good health.
Let us explore some nutrition myths here and find the real fact about them.
Myth: Dogs should only eat meat
Fact: Some individuals say that dog meat-based food is best for dogs. Meat is the best protein source. However, the fact is that dog requires all types of nutrients apart from proteins. They need a proportion of grains, vegetables and fruits to fulfill dietary needs. Moreover, vets also recommend that a small amount of rice, pasta or oatmeal, etc. should be a part of dog diet.
Myth: No dairy food for dogs
Fact: Dogs do need some of the supplements like calcium for good joint health, which is mostly available in dairy food. Cottage cheese and yogurt have high amount of calcium and a less fraction of lactose. Not all dogs are intolerant to lactose only a few are. Therefore, it is vital to include dairy feed in daily diets.
Myth: A diet must suit a dog’s age and breed.
Fact: It is common myth that dog food should change according to age. The truth is in most cases the diet remains the same throughout the lifetime of a dog. However, puppies need more nutritious food compared to seniors. Moreover, aged dogs require extra amount of nutritional supplements to keep up with their old age.
Myth: Never give raw eggs to dogs
Fact: This is again a myth about nutrition. Eggs are rich in proteins. Serving occasionally with raw or boiled egg is good for dog’s health. The bacteria Salmonella is not as common in dogs as it is in humans due to eggs.
Myth: Avoid fiber as it acts as fillers and has no nutritional value
Fact: This myth is common for both humans and dogs. Fibers never act as fillers and are rich in nutrients. They help to clear bowel system and keep up digestive system. There are two types of fibers – soluble and insoluble. Insoluble fiber helps in weight control and soluble fiber has good nutritional value. Thus, fibers are not fillers that lack nutrition.
Myth: Fat is bad for dogs
Fact: Dog body utilizes fat very well. They convert fats into energy. Low saturated fats like Omega 6 and 3 are very much important for dog’s health. Even veterinary suggests to provide additional amount of fats through supplements to weaning and weak dogs for extra strength. Furthermore, these fats are vital in order to absorb essential vitamins like A, D, E and K by body.
Myth: All commercial food is bad for dogs
Fact: Research says that in most cases scientifically proven balanced diet manufactured commercially adds up good volume of nutrition and supplements into daily dog food. Such food is mostly available on online pet supplies or retail stores. Commercial dog health feed is more efficient in supplying nutritional value compared to normal diet.
These are the most common myths picked up and explored to find the realty. Well, now you may have got some clear idea about what is the truth about some dog foods. Have you got any myth related to dog nutrition or have lately found about the fact that what you were thinking were totally wrong, pet owners like me would also love to hear about it.
Do share with us.