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A quick internet search will undoubtedly provide a variety of answers to these myths, but you can't always guarantee their veracity, so Amy Lieberman at Zootoo talked with Jennifer Coates, petMD.com veterinarian, to get the scoop on some of the more common nutrition myths:
- Milk - "Milk is not a normal part of the diet for a dog or a cat once they are weaned off of it," Dr. Coates said in a telephone interview.
- Bones – Dr. Coates said she often removes broken pieces of bone from dogs' teeth, tongues, and around their jaws; she has also seen issues related to gastrointestinal disturbances. "As a vet, I take a hard line on this," Coates said. "I don't recommend bones because I see what can happen to dogs when they chew on bones."
My Bowl, a new interactive tool hosted by petMd.com and Hill's Pet Nutrition, allows pet owners to determine the amount of carbohydrates, protein, minerals, fats and oils their pets should be consuming in each meal, in order to ensure a healthy, balanced diet.
"Food and nutrition are two things owners have complete control over these days and really play such a huge role in our pets' wellbeing," Coates said. "I really want to emphasize that we have to get our pets eating the appropriate amount, and eating the right kinds of food, it really acts as preventative medicine."
To learn more about proper nutrition for your pet, visit the Nutrition Center at petMed.com.