Both Dr. Emanuel and Dr. Hunter agreed that, when it comes to dog and cat treats and food, all myths are related to marketing. Dr. Hunter said, “Just because something has meat as the first ingredient, contains no grains, or is completely raw, does not mean that item is superior compared to others. In fact, whenever a client asks me about nutritional advice, I always recommend they research the company they are using and make sure they have a full-time, board-certified veterinary nutritionist on their staff. People don’t realize that many pet foods and treats can be placed on the market with pretty minimal testing requirements. In my opinion, this leads to businesses spending more money and time on advertisement than actually developing a safe product for our fur babies.”
“I would say the biggest myth of this day and age for dogs is the continued marketing campaign that grain is bad for dogs. There is nothing in medical literature to support that it is harmful for pets, but it has created a market for boutique and exotic diets that appear to be ‘healthy’ to owners. Recent findings have actually linked it with a heart disease called dilated cardiomyopathy,” added Dr. Emanuel.