Dog Nutrition Myths

PAWsitively Sweet Bakery blog imageMYTH: Dogs should not be fed table scraps.

One of the biggest misconceptions is dogs are not allowed to eat human food.  They claim that table scraps will upset the balance of the commercial dog food, but just like humans, dogs do not require a diet that provides uniform meals every single day of their life. Dietary deficiencies do not appear overnight but need a long period of consistently poor nutrition to develop. Feeding your dog table scraps can actually be very nutritious provided you know what to feed them. See my blog post about "Feeding Your Dog Table Scraps."

MYTH: I paid a lot for my dog’s food so I figured it is a good one.

The amount of money you pay does not mean you will be getting a premium product for top dollar dog food. What it really comes down to is what type of ingredients is on the label. Does the food have low quality ingredients like corn, gluten, by products, and fillers? Or does the product have all natural ingredients such as real meat, fruits, and vegetables? Only the answer to these questions can determine if the food is worthy enough of your furry friend. See my blog post about "How to Read a Dog Food Label."

MYTH: Dogs are carnivores.

Dogs are actually not considered true carnivores, they are considered carnivorous scavengers. Cats on the other hand are true, obligate carnivores, requiring animal protein to survive. There is a difference between a carnivorous scavenger and an omnivore though - dogs lack the dental characteristics, longer digestive tract and specific enzymes of true omnivores like humans. That is the reason why they cannot digest grains and vegetables unless they are "predigested" by processing, mincing/grinding, break down by enzymes, or fermentation through bacteria.

MYTH: Dog foods that contain meal products such as chicken meal is a low quality food.

Meal products such as chicken meal, lamb meal, and fish meal have been getting a bad rap. Do you know what it really is? The definition
of chicken meal according to the AAFCO is the dry rendered product from a combination of clean chicken flesh and skin with or without
accompanying bone, derived from whole carcasses of chicken. So basically it is a concentrated amount of protein made from chicken
that has been dehydrated. This ingredient is actually very nutritious although not to get confused with low quality ingredients such as
by-product meals and meals that don’t list a specific meal such as meat meal.

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