As a blogger, pet parent and veterinary technician with a special interest in healthy nutrition, I have written many times about how important high quality, nutritious ingredients are, the value of novel protein sources and, in my unwavering opinion, the numerous physical, medical and psychological benefits of rotational feeding.
With rotational feeding, you rotate different protein sources, healthy fruits, vegetables, herbs and other ingredients into your dog’s diet. By incorporating a variety of foods into your deaf dog’s diet, you are providing a more complete nutrient profile. Proteins, in particular, are extremely important. Proteins provide amino acids, which are the building blocks for all muscles, organs and functions in your dog’s body. By changing up protein sources, you are providing a more complete amino acid profile. When you do this, you help achieve and maintain your dog’s good health with no more effort an offering a meal!
When it comes to feeding our beloved deaf dogs, there are many myths out there:
“The bigger the brand, the better the food.”
“Never feed human food.”
“Rotational feeding is dangerous and will cause diarrhea.”
“Avocados are toxic and may kill your dog.”
What I’ve learned- in veterinary technician school, from talking to veterinarians and nutritionists and from doing a lot of reading and studying- is that pet parents need to unlearn a lot of things about their dog’s food. One of the most common myths is that avocado is toxic and may kill your dog.
So here’s the truth: It’s NOT true!
First, Why Avocados are NOT Bad For Your Dog…
The concern, historically, about avocados and dogs is related to persin, a substance found in avocado skin, bark, leaves and the pit. While persin is most definitely toxic to many animals- rabbits, goats, horses ans birds included- there have been no reliable reports of avocado toxicity in dogs and cats. Here is what Dr. Tina Wismer, the ASPCA’s Senior Director of Veterinary Outreach and Education, had to say about the matter.
“Different species of animals have different toxic reactions to avocados,” said Dr. Tina Wismer, the senior director of veterinary outreach and education at the ASPCA. “Animals such as birds can develop respiratory distress, fluid build-up around the heart, and death. Horses, rabbits and goats can develop both mastitis [inflammation of the mammary glands] and cardiac problems. They also get a build-up of fluid under the skin in the face and chest.”
“In dogs, cats and ferrets there are no reliable reports of poisoning,” she added.
Now, Here’s Why Avocados Are GOOD For Your Dog…
Avocados provide many health benefits, including high-concentrations of antioxidants, Omega-3 and 6, heart healthy fats, Vitamins A, C, E and B6. The Omega fatty acids that occur naturally in avocados help support healthy skin, a shiny coat, are powerful antioxidants and provide anti-inflammatory action,
People frequently refer to avocados as a “superfood”, and this applies to your deaf dog too! I personally won’t eat one (that texture? Yuck!) but I do include them in Edison and Co’s. rotational feeding schedule because I can offer a nutrient-rich fruit that my dog’s like and need.
The Deaf Dog Food Trial…
Over the next six weeks, we will be conducting a food trial with the AvoDerm Natural® Revolving Menu®. We will be starting with the grain and gluten-free Lamb & Sweet Potato recipe, which contains garbanzo beans (chick peas) and green peas as two unique and healthy sources of carbohydrates. Stay tuned over the next month or so as we share our experiences and thoughts about a grain and gluten-free limited ingredient food rich in avocado!
The whole Revolving Menu® line of food from AvoDerm Natural® is designed for rotational feeding, where you can easily switch from one variety to another, is available at PetSmart. There are also Duck, Turkey and Trout and Pea varieties available, along with three flavors formulated specifically for small dogs.
Here’s a $5.00 coupon to get you started!