With any source of nutrition, there will be misconceptions regarding its health benefits and health risks. Pet food has especially had its fair share of misinformation that has often been caused by exaggeration. The pet food industry continues to evolve and put new products on the market for clients to feed their pets. That’s why it’s important to be aware of what’s fact and fiction when it comes to your pet’s nutrition!
Here’s Eglinton-Hwy 10 Veterinary Clinic’s review on the top four common pet food myths debunked:
Myth #1: Corn and Grain Fillers Should Be Avoided
Fact: Corn and grains can actually give your pet energy and valuable protein to keep them healthy. Beta-Carotene is found in corn and metabolizes in the animal’s intestine, which converts into a form of vitamin A. Beta-carotene functions as both a first and even second line of defense for the pet’s immune system. Some pet owners avoid pet foods with grain and corn because they believe both to be food allergens. This is false, as the most common food allergens for dogs are meats, such as lamb, beef and chicken. Reactions to corn and grains account for less than 5% of food allergies in dogs and cats.
Myth #2: Feeding Your Pet A Raw Diet Is Healthy
Fact: There are potential health risks associated with feeding your feline raw foods, especially in a home with young children or seniors. Some raw dog foods have been reported to be recalled due to contamination of E-Coli, Salmonella and can cause tooth damage and intestinal blockage. The risk of the pet infecting their owner with a disease contracted from the raw food is highly likely.
Myth #3: If My Pet Has An Allergy, I Can Just Switch His Food Diet
Fact: Various Meats are most commonly found in all types of pet foods and are the most common food allergen. Unfortunately, switching your pet’s diet from one to another may not be effective. To combat your pet’s allergy, try feeding them a novel protein source diet, such as duck, rabbit and even alligator. You may also try serving your feline a diet where the food has been pre-digested into smaller portions that cannot irritate the immune system.
Myth #4: Natural Pet Food Is A Better Option
Fact: Natural is quite a broad term, and although it is labelled on several pet food sources, it is not as easily explained. The FDA has provided no definition for “natural” pet food. There is the assumption that this option does not use preservatives and artificial food colouring which is safer for your pet. As ubiquitous as the “natural” term is, it is simply perceived that they are of a higher standard and quality than the average pet food options.
At Eglinton-Hwy 10 Veterinary Clinic, our priority is to provide your pet with optimal care for a healthy, happy life. Our Mississauga animal hospital uses the latest and advanced in veterinary technology to provide the most effective service. Make an appointment with us online today for your pet’s care!