Pet Health Myths
Pet Planet believes good health starts with superior nutrition which is why we choose the foods we carry with great care. Responsible pet Guardians make decisions for the animals in their care based on advice they receive from professionals in the pet industry. Occasionally, the nutritional information from one source, may contradict the information provided by another. This article provides an overview of some of the more common concerns Pet Planet has encountered over the years. For more information on these and other topics related to nutrition choices for your pet, please ask your Pet Planet Ambassador.
I was told if I didn’t feed vet food, my pet would develop urinary crystals.
There is no guarantee that one particular food will prevent your dog from getting crystals, especially if no history of crystals exists. Crystals may form if the mineral content in a dog’s diet is inappropriate. Pet Planet foods are chosen because of their excellent nutritional attributes. High Protein content, chelated and balanced mineral packages and superior ingredients are not catalysts for the formation of crystals.
Does high protein content cause kidney failure?
High protein/grain free/low carbohydrate diets have proven far more beneficial to your pet in general that is why Pet Planet carries pet food that fits this profile. In fact, the proper course of action to prevent illness in your pet is to feed a diet with balanced and chelated vitamin and mineral packages, be rich in quality protein and contain an overall selection of high quality ingredients.
What about manufacturing processes?
Pet Planet strives to find manufacturers that own and operate their own manufacturing facilities because we know that quality control is important to our customers. Pet Planet also focuses on products that source high quality human grade, North American ingredients.
Isn’t a by-product a natural and common part of pet food?
By-products are low quality ingredients added to pet (and human) foods to increase profit margins; they are not a healthy and natural part of ANY diet. Pet Planet chooses foods with high quality ingredients and no by-products. Our foods contain real meat, so you can be certain you are providing the best possible nutritional care for your pet.
I was told vet food is the only option for my pet.
No one type of food is right for every pet; just like no one type of diet is good for every person. It is important to custom fit a diet to your pet based on life stage, feeding history, and medical concerns. Pet Planet has a wide variety of foods available and well trained staff to assist you in finding the best, and healthiest option for your unique best friend.
Why should I trust Pet Planet to help me choose food for my pet-isn’t my vet the expert?
Pet Planet’s focus is on nutrition and pet health. A vet, although an integral part of the health and well being of any pet, may not be familiar with all pet foods currently on the market. Most veterinary offices carry one or two brands of pet foods only-and may not be able to custom fit a diet to your individual pet. Pet Planet can take into account your pet’s individual needs and find a natural, nutritious and healthy diet while taking into account your pet’s specific needs. We can help you select diet from any number of pet food brands we carry, and help you to understand the complexities of your pet’s health in the process.
I was told my dog is growing too fast, and that I should change their diet to stunt their growth
For optimal health, your dog should be fed a food that will allow them to thrive, not a food that will deter them from being who they are naturally.
Is a raw food diet for my dog unsafe for my family?
When handling any food, using basic food preparation procedures is always the best course of action.
Does duck meal cause heart disease?
Duck meal is actually a healthy choice because it is high in protein and low in fat.
Is feeding lamb for long periods of time toxic?
It is wise throughout the course of your dog’s life, to switch protein sources for variety. Variety will keep your dog healthy and happier and reduce the possibility of your pet developing intolerance to a particular protein source.
My dog is overweight, what are all my options?
When your dog is overweight, there are many ways to reduce your dog’s weight. Pet Planet has calorie reduced “light” options and low carbohydrate formulas that can assist you with this. No one food will be a miraculous cure for obesity but balanced nutrition, portion control and exercise can keep your dog’s weight in check.