As a society full of dog lovers, it is not uncommon to find a self-proclaimed dog expert at every turn. Whether it be advice on how to care for your puppies or what food dogs love best, and even certain far-fetched theories about your dog’s health and the different kinds of toxic environments that affects them negatively, it seems as though everybody has something to teach you.
But just because Jim from down the street says that a certain kind of bones dish is perfect for your dog’s health does not necessarily make it so.
Here are some misconceptions and ill-advice that dog lovers give to one another, albeit inadvertently.
Table scraps are good enough for the dog
Yes, in most cases, your dog can eat what you eat. But that does not mean that it will be enough for their nutritious needs. A lot of what we eat count as empty calories for dogs. For example, an ounce of cheddar cheese fed to a 20lb dog is the equivalent of a fully grown person eating 1.5 chocolate bars.
These empty calories are not only bad for the dog’s weight and resulting agility, but they also affect their health negatively in the long run. A healthy dog needs well balanced nutritious meals at different stages in their lives. Your Vet should be able to give you a full run down on the kind of meals you should be feeding your puppies and at what stage in their lives.
Garlic is a great way to get rid of worms in your dog
Some people believe that putting garlic in their dog’s food will help them get rid of the warms inside the dog. This is a complete myth. Garlic does very little for your dog. In fact, it is best that you keep the garlic to yourself instead of subjecting your dog to the acquired taste.
Your dog needs as much variety in his/her food as you do
Although you may think that it is a good idea as well as a loving gesture to give your dog a variety weekly diet, it actually isn’t. Dogs need routine. By changing their diet as frequently as you do yours you are creating chaos and destabilizing this routine. You will be doing their health more harm than good.
As long as you are feeding your dog a well-balanced diet you do not need to give him or her any other supplements. This however, fully depends on your dog’s health needs. The best way to go about this is to get advice from your trusted Vet as to what your dog needs as opposed to simply assuming.
It is okay for your dog to be a little plump
Just like being overweight is an issue in humans, so it can be in dogs as well. Excess weight in your dog can commonly be associated with respiratory, heart and blood-sugar problems. This excess weight also makes them susceptible to gastrointestinal disorders and skeletal distress.
Make sure that your dog maintains the ideal weight by not feeding him or her table scraps and making sure that he or she gets enough exercise.