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Decoding the pet nutrition myths
With so much information out there about the best nutrition for your pet, it can be hard to separate fact from fiction. There are plenty of myths out there about pet food, but here are the ones you need to throw away to give your cat and dog the best nutrition possible.
Many owners believe they should fill their cat's dish with a little milk from time to time. Although your cat will happily lap this beverage up, milk is not part of a normal diet for cats or dogs past the age they wean off their mother. In fact, dairy can cause diarrhea in cats and dogs if consumed in excess. Instead, make sure your cat's Durapet Dish & Bowl is filled with water at all times to keep it hydrated. If your cat doesn't seem to be drinking enough water, try mixing some aqua into its Wellness Canned Cat Food.
It is also easy to believe that cats need a balanced diet of meats, grains and produce. However, in the wild, cats are entirely carnivorous. This is why many cats prefer wet food or raw food like Wysong Archetype Burgers Dog & Cat Food or Instinct Raw Frozen Diet Lamb. These foods do contain some fruits and vegetables to nourish your cat's body with vitamins and minerals to keep it healthy. Without grains, many cats are less prone to food allergies. Food allergies in cats often cause itching and hair loss. However, fleas cause the same symptoms. If your pet's skin does not improve with a change in diet or baths with pet shampoo, it may be a flea infestation. Kill the pests on your cat with flea and tick preventative medication like Comfortis or Frontline Plus.
There are just as many myths about dog nutrition. Many owners assume that because dogs eat all types of things in the wild, they can also process and enjoy human table scraps. Your dog will certainly enjoy table scraps, but feeding human food to your dog has some serious consequences.
For one, human dishes often contain ingredients like raisins, onions and garlic that are poisonous to dogs. At the same time, rich ingredients like butter and salt can upset the dog's stomach at first, causing vomiting or diarrhea. The dog may also become obese or diabetic because of these foods. What's worse is that many dogs that start eating human food will become picky and not eat healthy kibble anymore.