Animal nutritionists and experts know that their clients love their pets, and sometimes, they can ask someinteresting questions. Needless to say, if you’ve ever felt silly asking something about your dog or cat, don’t -- you’re certainly not alone!
We asked dozens of pet professionals from around the world the funniest question they’ve ever been asked, and the results are definitely entertaining. One thing we have to add, though: you shouldnever feel strange asking your vet or pet nutritionist your questions because chances are, they’ve heard it all!
Lynes Downing ofPet Sitting Professionals in Novato, California said he’s heard this question before. The short answer is, if Fido sneaks a few bites of your feline’s food, it’s probably fine; however, cat food will not provide a balanced diet for dogs, and should never be given as a meal.
2. “Can I eat this dog food?”
“We sell a dry food that it is made fresh monthly, a customer asked if they could eat it themselves,” saysCarlos Deleon ofPet Wants San Antonio North in San Antonio, Texas. “I said, ‘There's nothing bad in the food, all good, high-quality ingredients, so it should be fine … she proceeded to eat it. She said, ‘it tastes good!’ I was crying!”
How’s that for some human-grade kibble?
3. “Can my dog eat the same meals that I do?”
There are some healthy human foods that can add nutrition to a dog or cat’s diet, but the nutritional needs of pets are not the same as humans. “It still boggles my mind that some people believe that their pets can eat the same meals that their owners eat,” says Concetta Ferragamo ofKing's Cages International, LLC in East Brunswick, New Jersey. She continues, “and, they seem to usually be a poor choice of meals, such as hotdogs or beans and rice (with nothing else) ... Yikes!”
4. “Can I neuter my female puppy instead of spay her?”
“One time a client asked us if she could neuter her puppy instead of spay her since it was much cheaper,” recallsKyle Goguen ofPawstruck.com.
Neutering is for males and spaying is for females, so needless to say, that would be impossible.
5. “Can my pet be vegan?”
Lisa Bliss ofFluffy Mustaches Pet Grooming in Mustang, Oklahoma was once asked by a client, “Can my dog live on strawberries? I think I want him to be vegan.”
It’s not natural for pets to live without meat, especially cats, who are obligate carnivores. That means they’ll eventually die without meat in their diets. This is because meat provides more than protein; it’s full of other essential nutrients, too.
Farrar remembers a hilarious exchange with customers that went something like this:
“A bully stick.
“What’s it made of?”
“A bull penis!”
8. “What food would help calm my dog?”
Margaret and Steve Gelinas ofMarket Pet Shoprecalls hearing this question from a customer. In actuality, diet can sometimes help with hyperactivity in pets. However, most naughty or anxious behaviors must be addressed through training.
9. “Why should your animal be fed human-grade food?”
George Craft of GGC Healthy Paws in Willingboro, New Jersey has heard this question before. Pets should be fed humane-grade food because it’s the safest, most nutritious way to maintain a healthy diet. Also, they’re family!
10. “My dog likes to eat cat poop. Should I feed it to him every day?”
A client asked this toChris White ofThe Urban Zoo in Hamilton, Ontario … and his answer was likely a resounding “no!”
Eating cat poop is a common habit of dogs who live with felines, however indulging in this “snack” should definitely be discouraged.
We hope you found these questions entertaining, and more importantly, we hope you don’t feel silly asking your own questions after reading them!
Suzie Cyrenne is a certified Homeopath with over ten years of experience creating natural products for cats and dogs. She co-founded eCommerce brand, Zumalka in 2013 with her husband Matt and is on a mission to help thousands of animals naturally improve their quality of life and shares her experience on their popular YouTube show. Hence, she created a line of high-performance natural pet supplements to target the root cause of common health issues.
Suzie was influenced by her mother-in-law, who practiced homeopathy and made natural remedies from home. After being on prescriptions for many years for a skin issue without resolution, she wanted to try something new. Her problems were cleared up within a few months of dedication to a better diet supplemented by homeopathic remedies. That's when she knew that homeopathy worked! During this process, she wondered why there weren't better options for pets and soon created a popular line of natural remedies that have helped thousands of pets across the USA.
When she’s not traveling or reading the next personal development book, you can find Suzie snowboarding, working out, or enjoying a daily hike.
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