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by Suzie Cyrenne May 21, 2019 4 min read1 Comment
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!
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Lynes Downing of Pet 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.
“We sell a dry food that it is made fresh monthly, a customer asked if they could eat it themselves,” saysCarlos Deleon of Pet 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?
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!”
“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.
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.
This question was asked to Richard Nowak ofAvian Sanctuary and Protection in Utah.
A bite of bread won’t hurt your pet, but it’s not very nutritional (and all those carbs can pack on the pounds), so they should only enjoy small bits, if any at all.
According to Diana Farrar of Fifi & Fidos Pet Boutique & Holistic Nutrition Center in San Antonio, Texas, the funniest part about this question is the answer.
Farrar remembers a hilarious exchange with customers that went something like this:
“A bully stick.
“What’s it made of?”
“A bull penis!”
Margaret and Steve Gelinas ofMarket Pet Shop recalls 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.
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!
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!
The next article in our pet nutrition series is called7 Healthy Dog & Cat Homemade Treats Recommended By Vet and Pet Nutritionists, containing ideas from experts around the world. If you’ve ever wondered about the healthiest snacks to feed your dog or cat, stay tuned for lots of amazing ideas!
HOMEOPATH & CO-FOUNDER OF ZUMALKA
Suzie Cyrenne co-founded Zumalka over five years ago, and has worked in naturopathic pet medicine for more than six. Day-to-day, she works as the lead manager for the Zumalka staff and specializes in training the team to have thorough knowledge of pet health and the company’s extensive line of naturopathic remedies.
Suzie has gained a lot of experience from years spent in the pet health field and she earned her degree in Homeopathy at the School of Classical Homeopathy in Quebec, Canada, (a partner of the European Academy of Natural Medicine (AEMN) in France).
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