IS Your Dog a Carnivore or Omnivore
Dogs are classified as members of the family Canidae and the order Carnivora, but this does not necessarily translate to behavior, anatomy or feeding preferences.
Judge for yourself
Some animals may look like carnivores or act like carnivores. But, are they really true carnivores? You be the judge.
- Wolves attack plant-eating animals, but one of the first parts they consume is the stomach contents and the viscera of those animals.1
- Coyotes eat a variety of foodstuffs including small mammals, amphibians, birds, fruits and herbivore feces.
- Panda bears are also members of the order Carnivora, but they are herbivores who primarily consume bamboo leaves.
The acid test
- The term “opportunivore” may best describe the dog’s natural desire to eat whatever is available — plants as well as animals.
Strict or true carnivores, such as cats, have a higher nutritional requirement for taurine (an amino acid), arachidonic acid (a fatty acid), and certain vitamins (niacin, pyridoxine, vitamin A), which are readily available in animal protein and fat sources.
Omnivores, such as dogs and people, don’t have higher requirements for taurine and certain vitamins and can create their own arachidonic acid from vegetable oils.
There are other nutritional, behavioral and physical factors that separate the omnivore and carnivore worlds:
- Dogs have teeth (molars) with relatively flat surfaces designed to grind up bones as well as fibrous plant material.
- Dogs can digest almost 100% of the carbohydrates they consume.2
- Dogs have a small intestine that occupies about 23 percent of the total gastrointestinal volume, which is consistent with other omnivores; the small intestine of cats occupies only 15 percent.3,4
- Dogs can create vitamin A from betacarotene found in plants.
Confusion in their conclusion
Some folks have come to the erroneous conclusion that dogs must be carnivores because they fall under the order Carnivora. A close look at the anatomy, behavior and feeding preferences of dogs shows that they are actually omnivorous — able to eat and remain healthy with both animal and plant foodstuffs.
1 Lewis L, Morris M, Hand M. Small Animal Clinical Nutrition, Ed. 4. Topeka, KS, Mark Morris Institute, 2000;294-303,216-219.
2 Walker J, Harmon D, Gross K, Collings G. Evaluation of nutrient utilization in the canine using the ileal cannulation technique. J Nutr. 1994; 124:2672S-2676S.
3 Morris JG, Rogers QR. Comparative aspects of nutrition and metabolism of dogs and cats, in: Nutrition of the dog and cat, eds. Burger IH, Rivers JPW, Cambridge, UK, Cambridge University Press, 1989;35-66.
4 Ruckebusch Y, Phaneuf L-Ph, Dunlop R. Feeding behavior in: Physiology of small and large animals, B.C. Decker, Inc. Philadelphia, PA, 1991;209-219.cmdv
I love dogs and I feel real bad for them because they can’t help themselves . It’s terrible when I think about it .
Hello , what did dogs eat before roughly 1970 , there was no dog food in a bag or can . Dogs ate what the people ate, pure and simple, and they were way healthier and lived longer . Cancer was almost unheard of , and dogs lived regularly into their 20’s . 97% of dog food is full of “known” cancer causing chemicals “ and by products” and is devoid of calcium as well as saturated fat .
Even the so – called natural “organic” dog foods are devoid in calcium and saturated fat that your dog could get from “whole” milk which was a big part of a dog’s diet in biblical times .
- You can tell the health of a dog or cat by the” coat”. Does it “shine” , and if it sheds , especially in the [ winter], which it should not , if it’s getting the proper nutrients from what you are feeding it . [ Which it will “not” from dog or cat food ] .
- You do not want to bathe dogs regularly, especially with tap water , the chlorine washes the oils of their coat , and can affect their immune system, they clean themselves [ tongue] .
If you have to bathe them in tap water, get a gallon of spring water after you’re done and just pour the spring water over the dog and with your hand, wipe the film of chlorine of the dogs coat .
- You” cannot “give dogs medications or drugs for their livers do not metabolize them , it’s like the 1st point of” canine physiology” a would be Vet learns , so why is it” so” common place in the Veterinarian world ?. Because they love money more than animals , again, 1 Tim 6 : 10 [Niv] bible .
- The reason your dog eats grass is because he’s trying to bring up the chemicals in the junkie dog food , anything” green” cleans out the insides .
- Animals can appreciate music as well as humans . Study’s have shown Cows that listened to soft music give more milk than cows that didn’t [LOL] . Even plants have been known to actually wilt when placed around heavy metal music.[ LOL ]
Researchers Says That Cows Give More Milk When Listening To Music
Did you know , a dogs tongue has medicinal [ healing] powers , they can heal their own sores and cuts as well as humans Lk 16 : 21 [ Niv] bible .
DO NOT LET YOUR DOG RUN OR JUMP RIGHT AFTER EATING ,[ WAIT AT LEAST 30 MIN] !!! IT’S THE CAUSE OF THEIR STOMACHS FLIPPING .
A LARGE % OF SURGERIES IS IN REGARD TO THIS EMERGENCY . YOU WOULD THINK VETS WOULD HAVE THIS UNDERSTANDING OUT TO ANYONE WHO OWNS DOGS OR PEOPLE WHO’VE BROUGHT THEIR DOGS IN .
Do not give animals” ICE” cold water it can stop their hearts, cold is fine .
The new or latest practice is” wrapping or tying the leash around the dogs snoot” , it’s terrible, and there is no need for it , period . A dog sweats [ panting] predominately [ through its mouth] and a little [ through its paws] . The mouth has to be” wide open” or it will overheat quickly in warmer weather .
Black dogs overheat way quicker than other color coats , you shouldn’t walk any dog between say 10 am and 7pm in the summer .
Dog’s are” not” the smartest of all animals , they are like I think tenth out of the top 10 smartest animals , but they are tied in emotionally more than any other animal to humans . If your sad, so are they , if your happy, so are they . Amazing how God designed things .
We [ humans] are fearfully and wonderfully made, Ps 139 : 14 [ Niv] bible ,the same” can’t” be said for animals . My point , when we take in a chemical we are able to rid ourselves of like 85% of the chemical , but dogs aren’t able to rid themselves of chemicals like us , they retain like the same % as we eliminate . That’s why they get cancer so fast. In like 8 – 10 yrs any dog who is fed “dog food” gets cancer . And in general it takes like 30 to 40 yrs or more for people to come down with cancer.
They did a study taking blood samples of a 1000 dogs , and it was astonishing the level of chemicals in their blood from the tap water , dog food, plastic bowls they eat and drink out of etc !. So you have to be very careful of chemicals and how they can get into your dogs system .
You cannot buy the commercial products for fleas , it’s nut’s, their loaded with all kinds of cancer causing chemicals, do you understand ? Do they work, ? sure , but you can cause all kinds of health problems for the dog . It’s like the saying ” The cure is worse than the disease” . There are all kids of natural remedies for fleas , [garlic , lemon] etc . Just go google “natural remedies for dog fleas” .
Also , you can drown them , especially if your dog is small, just get a gallon of spring water and pour it over their belly [ underside] were most fleas are . Or hold them under a tub of water from the neck down .
Do” not” let your dog be vaccinated , [ rabies , distemper , kennel cough, flu’s etc!,] it’s nothing but a [money-making] scheme. The [ chances ] of your dog getting these viruses is” so small” compared to the vaccines causing serious nervous system problems , cancer at injection sites, fever, vomiting .And if you feed your dog right ,real food [whole dairy] milk , yogurt etc , their immune system will easily be strong enough to withstand any of these” non “life threatening conditions . Most Vets about 65% , keep pushing shots because their so evil and want money, 1 Tim 6 : 10 [Niv] bible .
And it’s “insane” to vaccinate puppies whose nervous systems are” so weak” or underdeveloped at that period or age . It’s much like vaccinating infants , [ autism] ,another money-making scheme . Which” again” brings me to this bible verse 1 Tim 6 : 10 [Niv] bible , unbelievable .
Check out Dr. Jean Todd’s site, look at the comments of people whose dogs were ruined . All these people post comments to her about how their dogs became violently ill and she still talks about needing to vaccinate your pets, unbelievable . And go google “Should dogs be vaccinated” check out the” 2nd” link !!! .
Grains are great for dogs , my dog lived on whole grains [ chemical free] and whole milk [ hormone ] free , just like in the bible Matt 15 : 27 [Niv] bible . A lady once said he was the healthiest looking dog she ever saw , and he was like 14 at the time , unbelievable . [ LOL] . Google [ Are grains good for dogs ] check out links by 1] Vets all natural and 2] Dog food insider .
Calcium is very important to animals as well as humans . Study’s have shown they are less cannibalistic, stay more calm, when getting enough calcium . Which makes sense , since it’s beneficial to the nervous system . Just one reason [ dog food is void of calcium] among others like cancer causing chemicals, by- products, artificial ingredients, too much salt and sugar, why dog food is horrific .
Dogs do” not” need fruits/ veg , because they produce their own Vitamin “C” unlike humans . Most dogs will turn their nose up at this food group , like my dog . When I would throw a piece of carrot on the floor to him he would just play with it half heartedly , but wouldn’t eat it . When I would go over and say that’s my piece of carrot, he would grab it, move over some, put it back down, and just look at me like I don’t want it , but it’s mine . [ Lol] Now of course there are exceptions to the rule , I know, some people say their dogs eat that food group , and/or say you put peas in their bowl of real food, yes they might scarf them up also . In general , if you put out a piece of carrot , apple , orange etc ! [by itself] they won’t eat it .
It blows me away ,thinking about how [ dogs and cats] when they want to clean their faces will lick the “side” of their paws , then wipe their faces with the side of their paws . Unbelievable . I’m laughing so hard .
Do animals actually know or realize God exists Ps 104: 27 , Job 38 : 41 [Niv] bible . Unbelievable .
Here’s another reason dog food is bad , dogs, especially big dogs , need to eat food in bigger chunks , not small little pebbles or pellets .
I was reading on I think a site called [ Dogster] , about dogs eating poop . The woman was saying it’s because they can actually get live digestive enzymes from feces, which they aren’t getting from dog food, which I found interesting .
The American kennel club site had an article about what [ fruits / veg] dogs can eat , unbelievable . Again , dogs do not need and generally don’t want that food group because it’s mostly vitamin C , and dogs produce their own vitamin C . This a scientific fact .
You do not need to have your dogs nails trimmed , the pet store’s that perform this service a lot of time’s will cut them too short and can cause the pet lots of problems . All you have to do is “walk your dog” that will file their nails the natural way .
You do not want to give your dog rawhide bones etc they are terrible , they regularly block the intestinal tract and cause very serious problems . The best thing to do is get , I think it’s pig bones , they are flat, not sharp , and then you boil it for x amount of time and let them gnaw on that when they want .
I remember when I got my dog of this women, she was living below me and I started to give him whole milk . I ‘ll never forget when she said his head got bigger . Dog food is terrible, even the supposed good one’s have at least one chemical in them and are devoid of calcium .
If your dog has” floppy” ears , it’s important to flip them back periodically when they are outside , to let the air get in the ear canal. The air helps keep them dry instead of moist , which prevents ear infections .
Micro-chipping a dog is terrible, it causes all kinds of health problems at the injection site . Google “is micro chipping harmful in dogs”.
Dogs get constipated from not drinking enough water , [ spring] . Tap is terrible, as well as purified [ full of chemicals] and distilled . Also, any or most medications can cause constipation in pets .
Cats as well as all Felines love milk [ whole] “room” temp and fish . “Throw the cat food away” .
There’s a big or ongoing debate about how to feed dogs are they carnivores omnivores what” type” carnivore etc . Here is a recent article about the belief dogs need to be fed nothing but a raw meat diet .
Experts raise concerns over raw meat diets for cats and dogs
Raw meat diets pose a risk to both animal and human health, they warn
January 11, 2018
Experts are warning dog and cat owners to be aware of the risks associated with feeding their pets raw meat-based diets, instead of the more conventional dry or canned pet foods.
Experts are warning dog and cat owners to be aware of the risks associated with feeding their pets raw meat-based diets (RMBDs), instead of the more conventional dry or canned pet foods.
In the Vet Record today, a team of researchers based in The Netherlands say these diets may be contaminated with bacteria and parasites, and as such may pose a risk to both animal and human health.
Feeding RMBDs to companion animals has become increasingly popular across the world, yet claims of health benefits are not backed by evidence, and several studies have reported possible risks.
Of most concern, however, is the risk to public or animal health due to contamination of RMBDs with zoonotic bacteria and parasites, that can pass between animals and humans.
So a team led by Paul Overgaauw at Utrecht University set out to determine the presence of four zoonotic bacteria and two parasite species in commercial RMBDs, available in most pet shops and supermarkets.
They analysed 35 commercial frozen RMBDs from eight different brands, widely available in The Netherlands. Escherichia coli O157 was isolated from eight products (23%), Listeria species were present in 15 products (43%) and Salmonella species in seven products (20%). Both E coli O157 and Salmonella infections in humans have been linked with serious illnesses.
Four products (11%) contained the parasite Sarcocystis cruzi and another four contained Sarcocystis tenella. In two products (6%) Toxoplasma gondii was found. The Sarcocystes species are not zoonotic but pose a risk to farm animals. T gondii is an important zoonosis with a high disease burden in humans.
“Despite the relatively low sample size of frozen products in our study, it is clear that commercial RMBDs may be contaminated with a variety of zoonotic bacterial and parasitic pathogens that may be a possible source of bacterial infections in pet animals and if transmitted pose a risk for human beings,” say the researchers.
“Cats and dogs that eat raw meat diets are also more likely to become infected with antibiotic-resistant bacteria than animals on conventional diets, which could pose a serious risk to both animal health and public health,” they add.
They outline several ways in which pet owners and other household members can encounter such pathogens. For example, through direct contact with the food or with an infected pet; through contact with contaminated household surfaces; or by eating cross-contaminated human food.
They therefore suggest that pet owners should be informed about the risks associated with feeding their animals RMBDs, and should be educated about personal hygiene and proper handling of RMBDs.
Warnings and handling instructions should also be included on product labels and/or packages, they advise.
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