Living as they do with people, and dependent on them for food, dogs frequently suffer the consequences of their owners' ignorance of what an animal should eat. Many pet owners simply do not know that dogs have entirely different nutritional needs from those of humans.
Although dogs have physiological and biological reactions very similar to our own, the way in which their organic needs are met is different.
Unfortunately, when owners think of their pets as human and thus feed them as they would their families, they supply their dogs a diet so inappropriate that it could spell nutritional disaster for the animals.
Changes in Dog feeding patterns
According to surveys, owners feed their animals, particularly dogs, in three different ways: Some feed their pets table scraps; some buy ordinary foods to make their animals' meals; some buy commercial pet food regularly.
The first group are the improvisers. They take the easiest and least expensive way out, but it is a poor choice.
The major drawback to improvised feeding is that the dog does not necessarily get all the proper nutrients on a daily basis. Nor can you reliably judge whether the animal is getting enough to eat.
Those in the second group seem to be diehards, motivated by affection for their pets and a certain mistrust of anything not usual. Into this group fall gourmet cooks who are willing to spend time and money preparing 'Canine Cantonese' or 'Hors d'ogs' for their canine best friends.
The third group is the largest. These owners buy prepared pet food regularly and cut down on work for themselves. They trust pet food manufacturers and any government controls imposed upon these manufacturers.
The variety of manufactured pet foods ranges from dry kibble, or biscuit-the most utilitarian of foodstuffs-to special diets for the finicky, the overweight, or the aged, sold in serving size pouches or cans.
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