Ten Hefty Questions About Dog & Cat Food

Pet Food Questions AnsweredThese ten questions and answers should help guide you to better health for your pet.

1) Are Table scraps good or bad for my dog?
You probably believe what most believe, that what’s good for you is good for your dog too. But we have to remember human food is cooked while animal food is not usually. So it’s a good idea to avoid things like rich gravies, cooked bones, sweets and certain vegetables such as onions, grapes (and raisins), spinach and swiss chard, eggplant, and peppers.
 
2) Will feeding raw meat cause aggression in my dog’s behavior?
Food aggression is not caused by diet it’s usually a behavioural issue. There is no evidence that feeding raw food to a dog or cat is going to cause them to be less friendly or more protective of their food.  

3) If I feed my pet dry kibble does it really help to keep their teeth clean?
Dry pet foods and treats made commercially are often contain ingredients that could actually be harmful to your pet’s teeth. Also, carnivores tend to break up these foods and swallow them in chunks so they don’t have much effect on plaque removal. The lesson here is to buy quality.

4) Should all bones be avoided?
No. Dogs should be perfectly safe eating a suitable-sized raw chicken neck or wing.  It’s only the cat of cooking that makes bones dangerous becaause they can easily spinter into sharp spears. In any case it’s always a good idea to be safe by monitoring your pet while they eat a hard object like a bone.

5) Are all the foods I get from my vet top notch?
Large commercial food manufacturers, often using questionable ingredients, may be supplying prescription foods to the same professsionals you bring your pet to for care. hese foods my be a help in the short term while treating acute health issues, but don’t look on these foods as a replacement for a more natural high-quality food.

6)  Is it good to always feed my dog soft semi-moist foods that he loves?
The short answer is ‘no’. These foods look alot like meat but, in fact, these diets are often laden with artificial flavours aand colours to make them look like hamburger or chicken. They also contain a preservative to keep them soft. In the pet food industry these are sometimes considered  like “junk food” for our pets.

7) I always have some food out for my cat. Is that a good thing?
Constant access to food is not something that would naturally be there in the wild. A cat, like a dog, would only eat when they hunt. Feeding freely like this contributes to runaway obesity in felines. As in humans today it’s a growing major health risk.

8) Won’t raw diets make my pet sick?
Not if you buy the faw food from a reputable source. Dogs and cats have a shorter digestive tract than humans do so the food get’s passed through their systems faster. That means that it get’s passed out before any prasitic illness can set in. If frozen prepared foods are being used be sure to thaw them out in a fridge and only keep thawed meat no longer than three days just as you would for yourself. Remember to thoroughly cleaan all utensils, bowls, and countertops after preparing the food.  

9) Can I safely save money by purchasing cheaper pet food?
Not really. It might seem like a smart thing to do but cheap pet food can often lead to obesity as well as a host of other health issues as time goes on. Treating an ailing pet can lead to some very costly vet bills. As we often say: buy quality pet food whenever you can.  

10) Should I stick to just one diet for my pet?
How would you like it if you got the same thing at every meal? Variety is a good thing and that’s why many quality pet food manufacturers offer a complete lineup of different foods. Also, eating the same thing all the time can lead to nutrient deficiencies or excesses not to mention allergies or other health issues.