Like people, diet can affect a dog’s health. Good diets can keep their coats, energy, body functions, and more in good condition. Conversely, bad diets do them no good. For this, dog owners would go that extra mile to search the best food for their pets.
Unlike the wellness trends in our world, not all veterinary crazes may enhance the health of your best friend. To dispel the food myths concerning your dog’s diet, here is what veterinarians have to say about them.
Grain-free diets contain more protein
Food fads for people may not always apply for dogs because they have different health requirements. For instance, human bodies can build specific proteins using smaller building blocks. But animals aren’t capable of this. This especially applies to meals free of grains.
Substituting grains with beans, potatoes, peas, and other starches will result in less nutritious foods lacking the essential nutrients. Presently, the FDA has begun investigating the connection between diets which are grain-free and dilated cardiomyopathy, a type of heart condition that is currently increasing.
Homemade foods are a lot healthier
At times, this might be true though, usually, it’s not, except if you follow your pet’s diet under the supervision of a veterinarian or an animal nutritionist. Adding multivitamin supplements with different proteins, vegetables, and carbohydrates won’t always equate to a healthy and balanced diet.
Dog food from large companies are “more processed”
For obvious reasons, consumers are generally attracted to those expensive dog foods made by reputable companies. These come in pretty packages, have quality ingredients, and promises that they’re better than the average dog food products on the market.
These come-ons may have truth to them because smaller companies don’t have the capabilities for research to ensure the suitability of the products for long-term use. Furthermore, larger companies have the resources to implement additional safety and quality checks that can protect dogs from “bad” batches.
Raw dog food is better for your dog’s digestion
There are many risks involved when giving your dog raw food. Though the guts of dogs can tolerate raw meat which may be due to genetics, there is a danger that these could introduce dangerous bacteria to their systems like listeria and salmonella.
This is the reason why most diets getting recalled are either freeze-dried or raw diets. Moreover, the risk doesn’t only involve the dog but the owner too.
Exotic proteins are much healthier
You may want to introduce your dog to exotic meats like crocodile or kangaroo with the belief that the proteins in these are far better than the usual treats. But according to research, they found that there was a direct correlation a between a chickpea and kangaroo diet and a heart condition that’s reversible and caused by a taurine deficiency, a type of amino acid.
So far, there hasn’t been a lot of studies regarding exotic meats compared to more common sources of proteins commonly used in various dog food products. In case your dog may need a new protein diet because of allergies, consult your vet about the safer options. In the meantime, stick to what’s proven safe and whatever works for your dog’s welfare.