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Top 10 Myths About Pet Food & Nutrition

01 . September .2023Katy van suilchem0 Comments

Our furry companions rely on us to make the best choices for their health and well-being, especially when it comes to their nutrition.

However, the world of dog food is rife with myths and misconceptions that can make it challenging for pet owners to make informed decisions.

At Cobbydog, we've debunked five common myths surrounding dog food and nutrition to help you provide the best diet for your canine friend.

MYTH: Organic dog food is better

One prevalent myth is that organic dog food is inherently superior to non-organic options. While organic dog food may offer some benefits, such as fewer synthetic additives and pesticides, it does not automatically guarantee a healthier diet for your pet. The best way to determine the nutritional quality of your dog's food is the balance of essential nutrients, not whether the ingredients are organic or not. At Cobbydog, we provide complete and balanced nutrition rather than solely relying on the 'organic' label.

MYTH: Raw food is dangerous for dogs 

The raw food diet has gained popularity in recent years. Whilst raw food does pose several risks, including bacterial contamination, nutritional imbalances, and the potential for bones to splinter and harm your dog's digestive tract, a raw food diet done well can be entirely safe and appropriate for your dog's needs. It is highly digestible, and can improve dental health, skin, energy, and make their coats shinier! Our Cold-Pressed range is as close to raw feeding as possible, and is great alongside a raw diet.

MYTH: Grains are bad for dogs 

Another persistent myth is that grains are harmful to dogs and should be avoided in their diets. In reality, grains like rice, wheat and corn can be part of a balanced canine diet. Grains provide carbohydrates, which are an important energy source for dogs. If your dog has specific grain allergies or sensitivities, you should explore grain-free options, but for most dogs, grains are not inherently harmful.

MYTH: Homemade dog food is better than commercial dog food

The idea that homemade dog food is superior to commercial options is a misconception that can potentially harm your pet. While homemade dog food can be nutritious, it can also be challenging to achieve a completely balanced diet. Many pet owners lack the expertise to formulate a nutritionally complete meal, leading to deficiencies or excesses that can harm their dogs. That's why we invest in extensive research to create balanced recipes that meet the nutritional needs of dogs at different life stages.  

MYTH: Dogs can eat vegan diets

There's a growing trend towards feeding dogs vegan diets, but it's essential to recognise that dogs are primarily carnivorous animals with specific nutritional requirements. A vegan diet that meets their nutrient needs is complex and requires careful planning and supplementation. Dogs need essential amino acids, vitamins, and minerals primarily found in animal-based products. 

Separating fact from fiction is crucial when it comes to your dog's nutrition. While these myths about dog food and nutrition persist, it's essential to make decisions based on scientific evidence and consultation with experts in veterinary nutrition.

Prioritise your pet's health by providing a balancing and complete diet that aligns with their specific dietary needs, rather than falling for popular but potentially harmful misconceptions. 

At Cobbydog, we're the experts in everything to do with your four-legged friends. If you need any help with your dog's nutrition, feel free to get in touch!

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