If a dog once or twice stolen food not intended for her from a cat's bowl, nothing terrible will happen. But if this is included in the system, you should know what consequences await both the dog and the owner.
Outwardly similar, different inside
Food for dogs and cats is not therefore sold in different packages, which is so more profitable to manufacturers. But because these animals have a different metabolism, blood composition, glucose level. Lifestyle and habits are also completely different.
Despite the fact that both dogs and cats are predators, the former require much more carbohydrates to support vital functions, and the latter require protein components. Dogs produce taurine on their own, and cats get it from food.
Dogs, especially large breeds, eat once a day and a lot, and cats most importantly - small portions, but 4-5 times a day.
Depending on these and many other features, the ratio of proteins, fats and carbohydrates in feed is different. The set of amino acids, vitamins and minerals will be different. But about them later. So what awaits a dog that regularly eats cat food?
Health consequences of internal organs
The already mentioned taurine contained in the composition of cat food leads to heart failure in dogs.
For the digestive tract, the too acidic environment of cat food causes vomiting, heartburn, and subsequently gastritis and an ulcer.
For small breeds and young animals, dry food is especially dangerous - its use in a very short time leads to urolithiasis, renal failure and, as a result, paralysis of the hind limbs.
Cat food for dogs of decorative breeds is extremely dangerous. Due to the peculiarities of selection, their nutrition is compared with the diet of royal blood. Step left, step right - the dog died. When using, even a single, cat food, the risk of a severe allergic reaction with swelling of the throat and suffocation is very high.
Dogs need fiber for normal digestion, but cats don’t. Therefore, in this part of the feed also vary. When eating tasty pieces from a cat's bowl, the dog will get constipation or diarrhea, and the owner will get an enema, a bucket with a rag and the cost of a veterinarian.
Proteins fats carbohydrates
The high fat content in cat food causes obesity with regular use by dogs. Excess protein contained in the feed contributes to the development of conjunctivitis and otitis media, skin rashes.
Since cats spend a significant part of the day at rest, they do not need a large amount of carbohydrates. For dogs, on the contrary, in order to maintain health, physical activity is vital, which carbohydrates provide. And there are practically no cats in them. As a result, a recently still cheerful and energetic dog is becoming lethargic and sad.
Lack of minerals and vitamins
The composition and amount of vitamins and trace elements in feed is also different. For example, cats need an increased amount of B vitamins. This helps them maintain Olympic calm even with a brazen invasion of their territory. Dogs from an excess of this vitamin get an allergy and a firework of emotions - their nervous system does not withstand such a cocktail of vivacity.
A cat is known to have nine lives. Therefore, they can boast truly Herculean immunity. What can not be said about dogs. A draft, an ailing girlfriend in the yard, someone else's sandbox or bowl - and now the youngest member of the family mournfully sighs and sighs on the bedding, and all the rest of the household are looking for a doctor in a panic.
Immunity to dogs allows you to maintain vitamin E, which is almost absent in cat food, so animals are exposed not only to colds, but also to deadly infectious diseases.
And again about the squirrel. Its content in cat food exceeds the dose in dog food exactly 2.5 times. The dog’s liver is not able to cope with such a load, which leads to its obesity (both the liver and the dog). In addition, malnutrition provokes chronic inflammation of the liver, characterized by the following symptoms:
- loss of appetite;
- constipation and diarrhea;
- abdominal dropsy;
- sudden weight loss.
If there are characteristic signs of the disease, the dog needs emergency veterinarian care and a strict diet.
Now, having figured out how cat food affects dog health, it is worth taking care of your pets and sharing their “cuisines” in the most radical way. A dog should not have any access to a cat bowl if its health is dear to you.