Today, we are talking about the one thing your dog loves the most, dog food. There are 5 common dog food myths we want to dispel. Kyle Baker spoke with Mary Lou from Sarasota Dog, and throughout the podcast, answered 5 common dog food myths! You can listen to the entire podcast here!
Dog Food Myth #1: Dogs need kibble for good dental health.
Kyle: This myth was started by dog food companies to sell more kibble! Unlike humans, dogs have no amylase in their saliva, which is the enzyme that breaks down carbs and starches in our mouths. Dogs do not have that, dogs try to get food down to their stomach, which is elastic and that’s where digestion begins. When they eat kibble, the carbs and starches that are used to bind the protein together feed the bacteria that cause plaque and tartar. The kibble can then get caught in their gums, causing more plaque and tartar to build up, and potentially being more harmful to their teeth. Chew toys and chew bones help knock off plaque and tartar, while kibble puts more plaque and tartar on.
Dog Food Myth #2: Changing dogs’ diets can be bad for digestion.
Kyle: This is another myth started by dog food companies so you stay on their food forever and keep purchasing the food for your dog’s entire life. If your dog does not have any major digestion issues or food intolerances, they (like humans) get bored of the same food every day and it is better to switch it up. There are all different types of Amino Acids and micro-nutrients from different meats, vegetables, and carbs that make for a more balanced diet for the long run of your dogs’ life.
Dog Food Myth #3: Meal is bad.
Kyle: Not all meal is the same if the food says chicken meal, beef meal or duck meal, that is just a hundred percent of that meat content with a concentrate of the protein in it. The meal we need to be cautious of is if it says by-product meal or if they are not naming a specific animal in front of the meal. Then we will not know exactly what we are getting. As long as it is specific to the protein source it is safe, just make sure it does not say poultry or meat meal.
Dog Food Myth #4: High protein diets are bad for dogs.
Kyle: People think that high protein diets are bad for dogs because they cannot break down protein, but it should be classified from vegetable and plant matter protein intake and not from meat protein. Protein from meat is easier to digest. Everyone thinks beef is 100% protein but with all the moisture and fat, it is actually only 12-15% protein. It's all about what quality proteins and cuts you are getting. There is not too much protein from meat for most dogs, protein deters atrophy. Too much vegetable protein is what is hard on the body, It is a lot harder to get the protein out of vegetables and break it down than meat protein, meat protein is 70-75% moisture and easier to break down and recognize in a dogs system.
Dog Food Myth #5: Raw Food and Eggs are dangerous for dogs.
Kyle: This has been talked about quite a bit amongst the pet community, but dogs and cats have a digestive system that is about half the size of ours. This means that food moves through their digestive system so fast that it does not matter. That is why dogs and cats can eat more of a variety of food, their system moves so quickly, and they can eat and digest raw food and eggs. You do not have to worry about salmonella or E Coli from eggs for a dog, as long as the quality of eggs is good.
About the Author:
Kyle Baker, Senior Pet Food Nutritionist at DOGPerfect, has a passion for educating pet parents on the power of nutrition and how it can improve their pet’s lives with proper food, supplements, and treats.