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Top 5 Dog Food Myths Debunked!
The biggest dog food myth of all time was the belief that dogs should only be fed cooked, processed, and preserved dog food day after day. The truth is, people made this myth up years and years ago when dog food was first created so that money could be earned from the by-products and other ingredients that were not fit for human consumption.
Don't get me wrong, dog food is okay for your companion and great for convenience sake, in the fact that it takes no effort whatsoever to feed. However, I feel that it's extremely far from being appropriate for any breathing, living animal especially my best friend. I believe wholeheartedly that dogs will thrive better if they're fed real, fresh, home-prepared dog food.
This myth was actually only revealed a short time ago when all the dog food recalls started happening. That's when pet owners started becoming more interested in what they were actually feeding their furry friends and started looking into homemade pet foods they could feed their companions.
Unfortunately, the attention from the media about the recalls, has now created different types of dog food myths. Not only are people talking about the recalls, they're adding false warnings about feeding your pets homemade pet food. Which is why I've decided today to write my list of the Top 5 Good And Bad Foods For Your Dog To Eat.
- Garlic Is Toxic To Dogs: It is true that garlic is toxic to dogs (some dogs just can't handle it especially the Japanese breeds). However, if garlic's fed in reasonable amounts, it's unlikely it will cause any serious problems. Personally, I feed my dog half a teaspoon of minced garlic once a week. I believe it's a great addition to his diet. Not only is it an antioxidant and detoxifying agent for him, it's also an excellent natural flea repellent.
- Dogs Should Not Be Fed Table Scraps: I have to laugh every time I hear this one because when I say table scraps I am referring to healthy left overs and not talking about the bad ones - potato chips, jelly doughnuts, hash browns, or oatmeal. The fact is, yes, some dogs will experience runny stool/s after eating healthy table scraps. However, it usually happens to dogs that are limited to only eating bland, processed, kibble their entire lives and their digestive system isn't used to eating a variety of nutrient-rich foods such as table scraps.
- All Meat Fed To Dogs Should Be Cooked: This is another statement I find funny and usually just laugh at. It seems like the more feeding raw becomes popular and more people who are starting to feed a nutritional raw diet, the more it seems like dog food companies try to convince the public it's not good. I am certain we'll hear more about this one as time goes on until they make their own raw dog food. Personally, I feel that feeding dogs raw meat is the best thing for them. However, remember that pets are like people and your pet may prefer to have his or her meat cooked instead of raw.
- Dogs Should Not Eat Grains: It is definitely true that grains have gotten a pretty bad reputation over the last few years and many of the dog food recalls were because of tainted wheat gluten. It doesn't mean your cherished companion should not eat grains. Remember, not all grains are the same. All-natural, human quality grains are actually healthy for your furry friend because they're full of natural nutrients that support digestion, heart health, and more.
- Dogs Should Live On An All-Meat Diet: It is true that animals in the wild do eat more meat than domesticated pets, there are a few things that you should keep in mind. First of all, domesticated pets are not exposed to the same level of environmental elements that wild animals are. Domesticated pets spend more time lounging around in our beds, or on our couches, and stay more at rest, which results in less of a need for meat. Second, in the wild an animal will first eat the contents of their prey's stomach, which consists mainly of plant-life and grains. Third, wild animals actually eat grains and greens in between feeding on raw meat.
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