Canine nutrition has not been subject to some of the crazy diet trends that has been the case with human meal prep. But, it has attracted a number of myths that would cause most veterinarians to shake their heads in disdain.
As you raise your dog from puppy-hood, some of your family and friends will give you questionable advice – including a few of these assertions:
Garlic is the best way to treat worms.
Garlic has used for centuries in the folk medicine of many cultures as a treatment for hypertension, an antibacterial agent, and so on.
But when your dog truly does get worms, (and almost all of them do at some point), the fastest way to eliminate them is to have your vet give him a specialized worming medication under proper supervision.
Raw meat makes a dog mean or vicious.
Raw or prepared meat is necessary to a dog’s nourishment. Fifty percent from meat is an acceptable ration, and it may constitute as much as seventy-five percent of the diet.
If your dog is fed exclusively meat, he might become high-strung – not because the meat is raw, but because he is being afforded an imbalanced diet.
A sugar cube dunked in coffee is beneficial for a dog’s heart.
It may be beneficial for his “team spirit” because it likely implies that he is sharing your after dinner java with you.
Give it once in a while as an innocuous treat, just not as a regular “medicinal drug”, and definitely not as a heart therapeutic.
Dogs can’t digest starch.
Well, they can’t digest raw starch, but they can deal with many cooked starches like macaroni, rice, and whole grain bread.
Even so, dogs do not get a good deal of nourishment from this type of food.
Sugar causes worms.
Sugar is ready source of energy for dogs, just like humans.
Worms come from worm larvae. A pup may get worms from his mother, or a mature dog may acquire them from contaminated food or water, from the drool or stool of a tainted dog, or from consuming fleas and lice which act as hosts to cestode (tapeworm) eggs – but never from sugar.
Raw eggs can improve dog’s coat.
An uncooked egg yolk now and then enriches a canine’s diet. Cooked eggs are a satisfactory alternate for meat in a pinch.
But the most beneficial coat conditioner is fat, particularly unsaturated fat which is naturally abundant with vitamin E – such as flaxseed and wheat germ oil. The eggs reputation as a coat conditioner is likely attributable to the fact that egg yolk is also predominately fat.
Read more about dogs and eggs here: Can Dogs Eat Eggs?
Milk induces diarrhea in a full-grown dog.
Milk is nutritious for most dogs. A bowl of milk mixed with a beaten egg yolk and a few pieces of whole meal toast or dog cookies is a classic dinner meal in some kennels.
There are several reasons for loose stools, including internal parasites, upset stomach, food poisoning, certain infectious diseases, modification of diet – and occasionally – milk.
Knowledge and care are crucial in feeding a maturing puppy whose nourishment is the cornerstone for his future wellness.
But good sense is all you require to feed a mature dog correctly, as his own experience will serve to guide you most of the way.