Dog Food Myths Debunked

There are far too many myths when it comes to dog food and feeding.

Some are old tales, some are spread as misinformation through poor resources, and others are lies from pet industry businesses.

Here are the 31 most common dog food myths that, through time, has been debunked by science.

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31 Dog Food Myths Debunked By Science

1 All Human Food is Bad for Dogs

Not all human food is bad for dogs.

Certain foods are dangerous to dogs, but some foods can actually offer the necessary nutrition in your dog’s diet.

This is why homemade dog food meals are becoming the new trend.

Dog-friendly human foods that are non-toxic to dogs are usually healthy for them.

When the foods are very nutrient-dense (vegetables and fruits, for example) and cooked healthily (e.g., steamed versus fried), they can be great for your canine.

Some human foods are considered very beneficial. Check out a couple of our articles about them below:

2 Grains Don't Cause Food Allergies

The truth is that not all grain products are healthy for your dog.

Recent FDA reports show that grain-free foods may cause heart disease in dogs, but there is some skepticism about how that study was done.

The truth is that many grain-based ingredients can be nutritious given in small amounts and cooked at lower temperatures than processed kibble.

If this is the case, they serve as a healthy addition to your dog's diet.

The only thing to keep in mind is that grains should not become the majority of your pet's nutrition, but a little is generally safe for most dogs.

Take corn, for example.

Studies have shown that dogs can benefit from having corn in their diet, while most say the opposite without any evidence to back this up.

It can serve as an additional source of non-animal protein (2, 3).

What about allergies to corn?

Again, the evidence shows that most dogs are more likely to be allergic to different meats, including beef, dairy, chicken products, and wheat, with corn, fish, and soy being on the lower scaly of dog food allergies (4, 5).

Dogs are also more likely to be allergic to environmental factors such as pollen and mold rather than corn or even most foods in general (6, 7, 8, 9).

3 Grains Are Healthy For Dogs

Moving along with more on grains for dogs, another dog nutrition myth I hear and read about often is that dogs and their bodies are capable of processing grains.

Not true.

A dog’s digestive tract is not optimized to process grains the way that, say, cows might be able to.

There are several experiments that show that dogs can, in fact, process different grain starches, but much more research needs to be done for that to be conclusive (10, 11).

Grains are not necessary for a dog's diet, however, if you must give them grains, the best option would be cooked.

Carbohydrates that come from highly processed dog food come in high amounts that cause the dog to produce a lot of insulin.

Insulin causes the body to halt the metabolization of fat.

And by chance, if you are overfeeding and underexercising your dog, then the result will be that the dog will become overweight.

On top of that, dog food companies do not provide a minimum or maximum percentage on how much carbohydrates should be in the food.

4 Dogs Should Not be Fed Raw Eggs

This one is partially true, but the dangers of raw eggs for dogs have been exaggerated.

While feeding raw eggs may be a concern for dogs with compromised immune systems, most healthy dogs can eat raw eggs with no difficulty.

The dog’s digestive tract is much shorter than the human tract, which has a higher resistance to bacteria like salmonella.

Additionally, there is a concern for some that avidin found in raw egg whites destroys the biotin found in your dog’s body.

However, there is no reason to worry about this since the yolk of the egg provides enough biotin to make up for the biotin lost (13).

In fact, egg yolk has one of the highest amounts of biotin of all foods that exist.

That said, it's still better to feed your dog boiled eggs rather than raw eggs.

That is because the boiling process itself (heat treatment) doesn't remove the nutrition from the egg, and it even increases the digestibility of eggs (14).

5 Premium Dog Food Contains the Same Ingredients as Regular Dog Food Brands

There has indeed been a lot of misleading information coming from dog food companies and manufacturers where they blatantly lie about their pet food products.

However, it's not the case when comparing premium dog food vs cheap dog food; finding the best dog food for the money is hard.

Premium dog food is not just a standard dog food with a higher price tag.

Premium dog foods carry higher price tags than cheap dog foods because they contain better-quality ingredients.

Some companies choose organic, human-grade, or humanely raised options and manufacturing processes, all of which cost more for the company to do.

That doesn't mean that premium dog food will always be better than cheaper dog food brands.

There are specific cases, some of which I analyzed in my top dog food brands review, where cheaper dog food is actually healthier for a canine.

6 Raw Food Gives Dogs Salmonella

Again, this one is partially true, but it has been severely exaggerated.

Dogs with a healthy immune system can eat a raw diet without becoming ill because of a shorter and more acidic digestive tract.

Their bodies break down the raw food ingredients more quickly and reduce the time that this raw food is in the body.

This is especially true for raw dog food that is either commercially produced or produced for human consumption, such as dehydrated foods.

In these cases, raw dog food provides safety precautions to prevent the spread of illnesses like salmonella in dogs.

That said, there really is a risk of dogs getting sick with salmonella from eating a raw diet.

Several studies have evaluated feeding dogs raw food and found a theoretical nutritional risk for dogs (15, 16).

These studies do not provide conclusive evidence that would clearly show how raw food causes salmonella in dogs, but more research is definitely needed.

7 Dogs Cannot Process Dairy

One more time – this is only partially true and does not apply to all canine populations.

Just like humans, some dogs may be lactose intolerant while other dogs are not.

This means that some dogs are capable of consuming and processing dairy products.

Additionally, not all dairy products have the same levels of lactose; thus, some dairy products are more easily digested, even by dogs with signs of lactose intolerance.

However, the higher the lactose content in the product, the more difficult it is to digest for dogs.

So it all comes down to your specific dog rather than to what dogs can and cannot eat.

It is usually okay to feed foods low in lactose and sometimes even foods with moderate lactose content.

Cheese, for example, is often a great natural treat for a dog.

In terms of dog allergy to dairy products, the same applies – some dogs may be allergic while others are not.

But dairy is generally on the higher end of food allergies in dogs (5).

8 Dogs are Omnivores

With everything we've seen in terms of how dogs behave and what they eat, it's hard to believe that some people still consider dogs to be carnivores.

There is a more specific term to this, called “obligate carnivores,” which refers to animals that only eat meat.

All members of the cat family Falidae — lions, tigers, and domesticated cats, just to name a few — are obligate carnivores that can only eat meat and cannot digest vegetation.

Surprisingly, while wolves, a very close cousin of dogs from whom canines have evolved (17), are strictly carnivores, dogs, in fact, are not strict carnivores.

Many make the mistake of assuming that dogs are omnivores because the commercial pet food industry consistently relies on carbohydrates to bind their food. It is the cheapest ingredient to

A carnivore, by definition, cannot digest vegetation, period.

Dogs, on the other hand, can digest vegetation and even benefit from it, as the above studies have shown.

Another false statement is that dogs, like all carnivores, do not have amylase, an enzyme that breaks down sugars.

This is not true – dogs do have amylase (18). It's located slightly further in their digestive tract, but it's there specifically to digest these foods.

9 Prescription Food is the Only Choice

Dogs with specific nutritional needs are often recommended prescription diets by veterinarians, but recently, we've been uncovering some truths about these prescription foods.

These high-priced pet foods are not always necessary.

While big-name prescription dog foods provide tailored nutrition for your dog, this “tailoring” can also be found in certain non-prescription foods for much cheaper.

All that a pet owner needs to do is do some research and dig into what causes specific food allergies in dogs with sensitive stomachs and how to feed dogs with certain health conditions.

Homemade dog food that's fed alongside a commercial diet can also be extremely helpful.

10 Grain Free Means Carbohydrate Free

All grains are carbohydrates, but not all carbohydrates are grains.

If you're worried about feeding your dog a carb-free diet, picking grain-free dog foods is not the only way to keep your dog away from carbohydrates because carbs are not only found in grains but in many other foods.

Fruits, vegetables, and legumes are all sources of carbohydrates that are frequently included in commercial dog foods.

In fact, just like with human foods, it's quite difficult to find dog food brands that have a 0% carbohydrate content in them.

11 Dog Food is Manufactured and Packaged by the Brand Name It Is Sold Under

This is one of those pet food controversies we've been seeing a lot of.

Many brand-name dog foods are owned by parent companies, which are huge multinational corporations (e.g., Mars, Nestle, and Procter and Gamble).

These companies use large production plants to make and package their pet foods.

For example, Mars Petcare production plants manufacture Royal Canin dog food.

Whether this is a good or a bad thing remains to be seen, but many experts and vocal pet owners alike opposite corporations buying out smaller pet food companies and brands.

This is also why dog food recalls often affect more than one brand of dog food.

12 Dogs Like Variety Just Like Humans Do

Humans have far more taste buds than dogs do and as such, dogs do not experience cravings or any need for variety in their diet the same way that we do.

The only variety that you as an owner must provide should always be geared toward a complete and balanced diet for your dog, where he gets all the nutrients, vitamins, and minerals from the consumed food on a weekly basis.

The variety of specific nutrients is the only reason why varying proteins from dog food and even human foods can be beneficial.

It can also aid in preventing the development of food sensitivities, but don’t feel you have to switch foods to prevent “boredom”.

13 Homemade Dog Food is as Easy as Cooking for Yourself

Some people believe that most vets have sold their souls to multinational pet food corporations, and that's the reason why they advise not feeding dogs homemade food.

In reality, vets oppose recommending homemade dog food diets because most people do them wrong and, as a result, provide poor nutrition for their canines.

Dogs have different nutritional needs than humans; thus, simply cooking a meal you would eat and giving it to your dog does not provide a well-balanced canine diet.

What you usually cook – meats, veggies, and some grains – is only the foundation of the whole meal.

But your homemade dog food dish must also be supplemented and fortified with other additional vitamins, fatty acids, and minerals for every dog’s individual needs.

14 Dog Foods Marketed as “Complete” and “Balanced” are Right for Every Dog

It's very important for every dog owner to understand dog food and its labels.

What it means when dog foods are advertised as “complete” and “balanced” is that they are nutritionally balanced for their target market.

For example, good puppy food is balanced specifically for healthy puppy nutrition.

No puppy food brands can meet the needs of senior dogs or even adult dogs that require fewer calories and less fat content.

The same applies to puppies with specific health conditions.

15 All Bones are Beneficial for Dogs

Bones can be incredibly beneficial to dogs. However, cooked bones are not and never will be more beneficial than they are detrimental.

Raw marrow bones are a great source of stimulation, dental cleaning, and nutrition for a dog. As long as you don't give those that split easily (chicken bones) and may harm your dog, raw dog bones can be a great thing to give to your dog now and again.

Cooked bones for dogs, on the other hand, are bad — they easily break down fragments and can cause tears in the esophagus, stomach, or intestines and may also cause choking.

16 Kibble Cleans a Dog’s Teeth

Many pet owners choose dry dog kibble because they've been told that its consistency will clean the dog's teeth. That is not true.

Dogs gulp or crush and swallow their food; they do not chew it like we do.

This means that there is little chance for kibble to “clean the teeth” of your dog.

The only edible that does that are dental dog treats like Greenies that force your canine to chew on them for a while.

The best way to ensure your dog has clean teeth is to embark on the most necessary adjustment to your dog care routine — daily teeth brushing.

To accomplish that, all you need is a simple dog toothbrush, a decent dog toothpaste, and a lot of dedication.

17 Lamb is a Hypoallergenic Protein Source

I have no idea how this myth is still alive because it could not be further from the truth.

Lamb is often used in sensitive dog food formulas, but there is nothing about lamb that makes it hypoallergenic or why dogs would never be allergic to it.

I believe the reason that lamb is used as the main ingredient of foods for dogs with sensitive stomachs, as well as many hypoallergenic dog foods, is that at one time, it was a less common protein source than, say, beef or chicken.

The fact that lamb was rare made it a “unique” protein, and it seemed that it would be less likely that lamb would cause allergic reactions.

However, studies have shown (5) that lamb does cause allergies in some dogs, although on a lower scale than beef or pork.

18 Dog Food Can be Hypoallergenic

Just like humans, dogs can be allergic to any range of ingredients in their food.

Where one dog may be allergic to chicken, another dog may be allergic to peas. It varies based on the specific dog, and no canine is the same.

What this means is that no dog food can ever be considered hypoallergenic for all dogs because allergens are so far-ranging for individual dogs.

While some hypoallergenic dog foods may hit the mark, others will not.

Pet owners should instead research the area and find out what their dogs may be allergic to through a discussion with a vet and using the elimination diet (4).

It takes time and effort, but once you know the cause, your and your dog's life will be much easier.

19 All Vets Are a Good Source of Nutritional Advice

Although a veterinarian should always be your first point of contact related to any health or nutrition question for your dog, they should not be the end of your research.

Vets understand specific canine nutritional needs (for example, lowered salt intake for dogs with heart disease), but not all vets are experienced in complete canine nutrition.

Just as not all doctors are nutritionists, most veterinarians are not specifically trained in canine nutrition.

They do receive a good and well-rounded animal nutrition education as part of their degree; however, most do not stay up to date with the latest research.

For example, a vet may recommend a commercial dog food rich in fillers because it meets the need for low salt content.

This recommendation does not mean that this is the best food for your dog; rather, it means that it meets their need for a low-sodium diet.

When it comes to advice from veterinarians, it's best to take it from those who follow an evidence-based approach.

Meaning, they will not only tell you their opinion on why something is good or bad but will also dig up the facts and scientific evidence to prove that what they say is indeed correct and supported through clinical trials.

20 A Begging Dog is a Hungry Dog

Begging is one of the most common dog behavior problems that we are all familiar with.

A hungry dog may beg, but that doesn’t mean that all begging dogs are hungry.

Often, our dogs beg for food because they have learned that by begging, they are rewarded with tasty table scraps.

This is one of the things they learn very quickly.

This has nothing to do with your dog being hungry and everything to do with wanting a tasty “prize”.

Dogs understand very well the patterns that result in them getting food.

21 The Dog Food Bag Tells You How Much to Feed the Dog

Feeding guidelines on a bag of dog food are just that – guidelines.

These guidelines are based on your dog’s weight and his life stage.

However, there are other factors that influence how much your dog will eat.

For example, how active your dog is during the day and any health conditions he may have will be very important to take into consideration (which is where your research and a vet are handy).

The best thing you can do is discuss your dog's diet with a trained professional, whether it's a qualified veterinarian who understands dog nutrition or a special canine nutritionist.

Your veterinarian or a canine nutritionist will be able to guide you in selecting the right dog food diet for your pet and measuring the proper portions based on that diet and your pup's individual nutritional needs, amounts, and feeding patterns.

22 Meat Meal Contains All Kinds of Things

Meal meals are often included in dog foods, and it's true that meat meals are rendered from animal tissue.

However, there are regulations that govern what it may contain.

Meat meal may not contain hair, blood, hoof, hide, horn, manure, trimmings, stomach, and rumen content except for unavoidable trace amounts.

That said, some parts of the animal included in meat meals may still be disgusting to humans (but they are not to dogs).

Read this article to understand more about labels.

However, I will say that a meat meal is NOT the best source of protein, and if it is in your dog food, the more specific, the better, for example, “beef meal” or “chicken meal.”

23 Pork is Unhealthy for Dogs

That is not true because while pork may be lesser quality meat than beef (mostly due to the protein-calorie-to-fat ratio), pork is still a great animal source of protein.

While some dogs may be specifically allergic to pork, others are allergic to beef or fish, which is when pork can serve as a unique protein source for these dogs with allergies.

The exception to this rule is when you feed your dog a raw food diet.

Raw pork meat poses a threat of trichinosis and should not be fed to dogs in most cases, if at all.

24 Dogs Should Be Fed All-meat Only

This goes back to our discussion above on grains and dogs being omnivorous.

Dogs thrive on a carnivorous-based diet, and they are definitely not as omnivorous as some other animals (meaning they do prefer more meat in their diet than vegetation).

That said, dogs still require vitamins and minerals that are provided by other foodstuffs (like fruits and vegetables) and unavailable in meat.

This is the reason that most dog foods are fortified with additional vitamins and minerals and contain fruits and veggies.

25 Garlic… Good, Bad, Good, Bad, Good for Dogs

Garlic is one of those foods that all dog owners fear, like fire.

It can be toxic to dogs, but to cause toxicity, garlic must be fed in large quantities (based on your dog’s body weight).

However, recently, some homeopathic websites have been mentioning the “health benefits” of giving garlic to dogs in small amounts.

They claim that when fed in correct proportions (read: small), garlic can be very beneficial to your dog’s health.

I've scoured for the evidence on how garlic can be beneficial to dogs to no avail. Most of the health claims made for feeding garlic to dogs are based on how it can benefit humans, but there's no evidence that it can actually be beneficial to dogs.

I will admit that I sometimes make claims that some people's foods can be beneficial to dogs based on human trials (like here, here, and here).

However, I only do this for foods that are completely safe for dogs and always mention that we don't have any evidence.

So far as we know, right now, garlic is toxic to dogs (19, 20), and we are yet to see any proof of how feeding garlic to dogs can actually benefit their health (at the risk of toxicity).

26 Raised Feeders are Best

Pet owners concerned with the risk of canine bloat frequently tout the benefits of raised feeders based on one small study.

In that study, it was shown that raised food bowls may prevent canine bloat. However, another study came out after that, which has shown completely the opposite — elevated dog feeders are not always the best solution to feeding dogs, and for more than one reason.

Our colleague, Patrick, has taken a closer look at the facts and myths of elevated dog food bowls in this article and expands further on the study I mentioned above, which I recommend you read.

27 Older Dogs Need a Diet Low in Protein

Protein has earned a bad name among dogs with kidney problems and senior dogs.

However, the myth that old dogs cannot consume too much protein has no basis to it.

Senior dogs do not require low-protein dog foods simply because they are older yet are still relatively healthy.

With the exception of dogs with compromised renal function and other kidney-related problems, where they'll have to be placed on a low-protein diet permanently, senior dogs actually have higher protein needs than younger adult dogs.

There are many different senior dog foods developed by canine nutritionists, all of which contain plenty of protein and other essential nutrients like omega-3 fatty acids.

28 Holistic Food is Best

The term “holistic” has been making its way into many pet owners' hearts, making them believe that it's the best and most natural food to feed their dogs. Sometimes, it's true.

But not always, especially if businesses have a way to manipulate this.

In the pet food industry where labels are governed by AAFCO, there is no legal definition for criteria a dog food brand must meet in order to be labeled “holistic.”

This means that literally any dog food, even if it contains the worst ingredients for your dog, can be labeled as “holistic” even when it does not provide true holistic benefits.

29 Organic Dog Food is 100% Organic

This is related to the above mention of “holistic dog food,” which is where dog owners are often deliberately misled by pet food manufacturers.

Dog foods that are labeled as “organic” only need to contain 85% organic content by weight, not including salt or water content.

Dog foods may be labeled as “made with organic” ingredients if 70% or more of the food content is organic.

While this is still not a terrible deal, and many organic dog foods do indeed seem to have better quality ingredients, it's important that dog owners are aware of the contents.

30 Meat Meal is a Bad Source of Protein

When pet owners read what meat meal actually means and what it may contain, they shudder in disgust. However, we must remember that dogs are not people.

Meat meal can actually be a very concentrated source of protein, GIVEN that the source is quality and GIVEN that it isn't highly processed kibble.

If that is the case, the meat meal has been heated to a temperature where the vitamins and amino acids have been cooked and must be synthetically applied.

And since the water content found in meat has been removed, the amount of animal protein that is stated may not be accurate, hence why many companies add plant-based protein to replace what was lost.

Studies have shown that meat meals are well digested by dogs and are a great and nutrient-dense addition to a canine diet (21), GIVEN that it is lightly cooked or, better yet, from a raw food brand.

In fact, meat meal can sometimes be a better source of protein for your dog if the origin and quality of the meat are better than the origin and quality of whole meat products.

31 BARF and Prey Model Raw Diets are the Same

As the trend of raw dog feeding continues, more subcategories are popping up.

The most well-known two are the BARF diet and the prey raw diet for dogs. But they are not the same.

BARF diets feed “biologically appropriate raw food for dogs” that include raw meats, offal, organs, bones, and fruits and vegetables. It's closer to the Paleo diet for humans.

Prey model diets for dogs, however, focus on feeding whole pieces of prey (whole chickens or rabbits, etc.), do not incorporate fruits or vegetables, and rarely include large amounts of supplements. This is the most raw of raw diets.

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Sarah is the pet food expert at Top Dog Tips with experience in working, writing and researching the pet food industry, dog foods and canine nutrition. She's dedicated to uncover the truths about how, why and what we use to feed our dogs.