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People are so reluctant when it comes to learning or doing research that they prefer to believe everything they read on the forums or hear from their friends or neighbors. This is how myths are born. Out of indolence and blind faith!
But, let’s look at the bright side:
‘Science begins with myths, and with the criticism of myths’ ~Karl Popper~
This post is a MythBuster! I’ll be busting the main dog food myths. The list is, obviously, not comprehensive and if you happen to know some other common misconceptions about dog food, just let me know! So, let’s start!
Raw eggs will kill your dog!
Well, it all started with Salmonellosis. Considering the impressive number of people infected with Salmonella each year from chicken eggs, this myth has a strong foundation. However, the infection is associated with unclean places, polluted waters and expired aliments. So, a fresh egg will most probably not kill your dog! Nor will it infect or hurt him! Even more, they can be an important source of protein. If you have any suspicion considering the sanitary conditions under which the hens are kept or the eggs’ freshness, then don’t give them to your dog!
Dogs are carnivores!
This is more of a limited definition and I don’t agree with it! Dogs are members of the Canidae family of the order Carnivora. They descend from wolves and even though they were originally carnivores, they have been domesticated, this meaning their dietary needs have changed too. Dogs are not dependent on meat, they can adapt to a wide range of diets.
My dog is healthy because I feed him only raw!
Although I am big fan of the raw diet, mainly because it’s far richer in nutrients than the processed food, I don’t think that the raw diet is the only way to keep your dog healthy. Dogs are different at an individual level, just like humans are. They have unique requirements. So, in order to be healthy a dog needs a wide range of nutrients and the right diet is the one fulfilling this demand.
Don’t feed your dog yoghurt and cheese!
Dairy products contain lactose and it’s true that many dogs have lactose intolerance. However, they are an excellent source of calcium, protein, magnesium and potassium. Dogs usually digest them without problems. The trick is to feed them small amounts and to avoid processed and sweetened products – just go with the plain version.
Don’t feed your dog table scraps!
Table scraps are ok as long as your meals are not based on the McDonalds’ menu (or any other type of fast-junk food). Avoid the dangerous foods for dogs and those based on many additives. Oh!..and avoid the cooked chicken bones as they can splinter and hurt your dog. Pasta, cooked or raw vegetables, rice and fruits are good for your dog, especially if you’re feeding him commercial dog food. Just keep in mind that the leftovers should not cover more than 10% of his daily food.
That’s about it for now! To be continued… Thanks to Sabine Contreras for her informative articles!
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