Got a few minutes? Learn a few new things about supplements and food for dogs and cats in today’s pet nutrition quiz.
Not too long ago most of us never gave a second thought to what our pets ate. You put kibble in a bowl, it was simple as that, right? Not anymore, and thank goodness! We are paying more attention than ever to things like supplements and pet food, but how much of what we think we know and spend our money on is based on anecdotal evidence versus science? Probably more than we realize.
The First Tripawds Pet Nutrition Quiz
In the name of higher education for pet parenting, we present the first of a series of random pet nutrition quiz questions to help us make good choices for our pets and our wallets.
Question 1: Which pet health conditions can CBD cure?
As of now, there is no scientific proof that CBD can cure anything so don’t believe false claims on the Internet. What you can believe are the recent medical cannabis studies conducted by researchers at Colorado State University, Cornell and Baylor. The following studies offer hard evidence that CBD can help reduce pain, epilepsy and osteoarthritis symptoms in pets:
A Randomized, Double-blind, Placebo-controlled Study of Daily Cannabidiol for the Treatment of Canine Osteoarthritis Pain
Pharmacokinetics, Safety, and Clinical Efficacy of Cannabidiol Treatment in Osteoarthritic Dogs
Randomized Blinded Controlled Clinical Trial to Assess the Effect of Oral Cannabidiol Administration in Addition to Conventional Antiepileptic Treatment on Seizure Frequency in Dogs With Intractable Idiopathic Epilepsy
Extra Credit: Learn more about CBD for pets by listening to our Tripawd Talk Radio chat with veterinary pain expert Stephen Cital, “CBD for Pets: What We Know and Don’t Know About Cannabinoids (yet!).”
Question 2: What is the best way to prevent arthritis in dogs and cats?
- Glucosamine supplements
- CBD oil
- Undenatured Collagen (UC-II)
- Maintaining an ideal weight
Answer: Maintaining an ideal weight.
Glucosamine supplements appear to be safe for dogs and people alike, and some studies show that high quality Undenatured Collagen (UC-11), glucosamine and CBD oil can alleviate pain. But there is weak evidence that taking glucosamine supplements or CBD actually prevents arthritis.
Keeping your pet slim is the only proven way to prevent arthritis, reduce pain and decrease the risk of cancer, heart disease and more. Not only that, but studies show that slimmer dogs live 2.5 years longer than overweight dogs.
Question 3: True or False? It is not safe to feed people food to dogs and cats.
Answer: False (sort of)
We say “sort of” false because it’s NOT OK to feed your pet high calorie processed people food like pizza and hamburgers. But when you want to give your pet a healthy, low-calorie unprocessed snack, you’ll find plenty of pet safe people foods that cost next to nothing, such as:
- Green beans
- Plain Popcorn
- Light dairy
- Unprocessed meat
For more ideas check out these lists of Which People Foods are Safe for Dogs and 11 People Foods for Cats.
Watch for more Tripawds Pet Nutrition Quizzes
We hope you had fun learning from the first of our new series of pet nutrition quizzes. If you have ideas for other brain teasers, comment below and let us know so we can all learn together!