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Top 4 Dog Diet Misconceptions

1. Dogs shouldn’t eat human food. This belief is true to a degree, but it is not an absolute, ironclad rule. Examples of human foods that are dangerous or deadly for pets to consume include chocolate, grapes, raisins, caffeine, and alcohol. These should be avoided 100% of the time.

On the other hand, some common staples of the human diet can also supplement a canine’s meals. Fresh fruit and vegetables are vibrant and nutritious – particularly apples, bananas, carrots, and spinach.

2. Digestive issues arise if a dog’s diet changes often. This may be the case in the short term, but only because dogs’ stomachs become so accustomed to the same dog food every day, that anything new is a shock to their system. Incorporating a more diverse and well-balanced diet into your dog’s life will make it healthier as well as more resistant to an upset stomach.

People would get bored if they literally ate the same thing every day for years. There’s no reason not to make your pet’s diet more interesting so long as it is sensible, affordable and nutritious. You can incorporate cooked meat like chicken, lamb and pork into their dog food – as well as fruits or veggies – to strengthen their stomach and provide them with rich nutrients.

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3. If you do choose to feed your dog human food, they will start to beg a lot more. This behavior does not depend on what you feed them but rather how you handle them when you and your family are eating. Do your best to deter begging by having them in another room when you dine or to train them from an early age that begging is not okay. Make sure to always feed your dog out of its bowl and not from the dinner table – that will help establish boundaries.

4. Foods other than dog food will negatively affect their weight. This assumption is a misconception because one’s dog could just as easily become overweight on a diet of purely dog food. Moderation and balance is crucial on a daily basis. Pet owners have the responsibility to provide a mix of foods that are healthy and enjoyable. A fusion of dog food and human food (cooked meat, fruits, and vegetables) can accomplish this goal. Regular exercise is equally important to maintain a reasonable weight for one’s pooch.

5 Responses to Top 4 Dog Diet Misconceptions

  1. tammy says:

    I have a nine month old male pug mix and I wanted to know if it’s ok to feed him a little bit of cooked human chicken and mix it with his puppy chow. at night I give him some dry and some canned food so I was wondering. and why would he be scarfing down his food all the time. an answer from a vet preferred.

  2. Christa Kumar says:

    I am wondering ,if Trupanion could find and publish a truly un-biased opinion regarding the importance (or not ?) of grain free dog food.My vet is fairly indifferent to that, as long as the dog does not have allergies . Our obedience (and fun )trainer believes grain s will (can ?) cause allergies later in life. Many articles on this subject end in a sales pitch ,which ,to my mind,leaves the info at least partially invalid .Thank you…

    • Stacy says:

      Christa, thanks for the suggestion! From everything I’ve heard or read, it seems that choosing to feed grain-free is a personal preference. I will do further research and see if I can get an article together!

  3. Debbie says:

    I have a 3yr old Multipoo and have been battling yeast problems with her for two yrs. she has lost most of her hair…so sad! I have spent hundreds of dollars at the vet and still can’t get her well…I’m feeding her homemade dog food at this time…I just don’t see a change….I bath her in vinegar bath,rub her body with vinegar and cocoanut oil…I could go on and on with all the things I have tried…I’m just at a standstill and don’t know what to do next…I have had family and friends tell me she is suffering and I need to have her put to sleep? But she still is so lively …. She scratches a lot! Also has an Oder within one day after bathing…Help! Thank you!

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