Top Three Pet Food Questions
How in the world do people decide what’s best for their pet? To help clear up a bit of the mystery, herewe will address your TOP THREE pet food questions.
Question 3: Why can’t I just feed my dog whatever I eat – if it’s good enough for me, it’s good enough for her, right?
Our answer: Probably not.
Well, each species has its own unique dietary requirements to maintain good health so the “food pyramid” for your dog or cat may look quite different compared to our own. The key is to feed your pet a diet that provides complete and balanced nutrition for her species, life stage, and health status. So, actually, a diet that is ideal for you may not be ideal for your pet. There are many examples of “people food” that are fine to feed to your pet as occasional small treats including many fruits, vegetables, meats, and grains. And by small treats we mean only in addition to, not substitutes for, a pet’s regular diet. Bear in mind there are exceptions, however, such as onions, garlic, grapes and raisins which can be toxic and should be avoided.
Question 2: Would my dog/cat benefit from a gluten-free diet? What about a grain-free diet?
Our answer: Gluten-free and/or grain-free is probably not necessary / beneficial.
Gluten-free and grain-free pet foods seem to be very popular trends among pet owners right now! While sensitivity or allergy to any specific food ingredient is possible with dogs and cats, it’s less common than you might think. Gluten intolerance is quite rare in dogs and cats so we don’t typically need to worry about excluding wheat gluten from their diets.
Grain-free diets are thought by some to be higher in protein and lower in carbohydrates which can keep a pet feeling full longer with a smaller meal. Some believe grain-free diets are also more natural and better for allergies. But a “grain-free” label does not guarantee any of these qualities. Although a grain free or limited ingredient diet may be appropriate for a specific cat or dog, the vast majority of pets thrive on a diet consisting of a good-quality kibble plus/minus canned food that contain meat, grain, and nutrients.
Question 1: I want to feed my dog/cat a home-cooked or raw diet – how do I go about doing this?
Our answer: Carefully – very, carefully!
It is possible to home-cook a nutritionally complete and balanced diet for your pet but it can be time consuming and challenging. Although you can provide the basic food ingredients, the home-cooked diet most likely will need to be supplemented to ensure it includes all necessary micronutrients, vitamins, and minerals.
While it is possible to provide a nutritionally complete raw food diet, there is significant risk of bacterial contamination with uncooked foods and this poses risk of food-borne disease to your pet. For this reason, we advises against feeding raw food diets.