Grains and Pasta: Grains seem to be related to a number of health problems in dogs, including allergies, arthritis, IBD, seizures, etc., so if your dog has any of these problems, try omitting grains (and maybe starchy carbs as well) to see if there is improvement. If your dog is healthy or does not improve when grains are removed from the diet, it's OK to feed them in moderate amounts: never more than half the diet, preferably no more than about 1/4 (25%) of the total diet. If carbs are half the diet, reduce raw meaty bones to 1/4 of the total diet, or half of the non-carbohydrate foods, with eggs, meat, liver and dairy making up the other half. Remember that dogs have no nutritional need for carbohydrates, but they can be a source of less expensive calories, if needed.
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Dogs used to be the most popular pet in the United States, which probably explains why we have historically paid a greater amount of attention to their nutritional and health needs. But times are changing. More cats than dogs now live in U.S. households. Unfortunately, awareness of the dietary requirements of cats hasn’t kept pace with their changing status. Following are just a few of the reasons why cats need to eat a well-balanced food made from quality ingredients that is formulated especially for them.
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One of the most widespread myths the manufacturers of some (mostly poorer quality) products perpetuate. They claim that table scraps will upset the balance of the commercial dog food, but just like like humans, dogs do not require a diet that provides uniform meals every single day of their life. Dietary deficiencies do not appear overnight but need a long period of consistently poor nutrition to develop. This is a very common assumption but unfortunately, it isn’t accurate. Current nutritional guidelines for humans—who are omnivores—emphasize foods and ratios that may not be ideal for dogs. Ensure dietary balance by aiming for about 30 to 35 percent of total calories from fats, 30 percent from protein and the balance from complex carbohydrates. (Percentages are guidelines, but are not as accurate as evaluating the gram content of a diet; this is another place where it pays to do the math.)