As a dog lover, trainer, and breeder, I follow plenty of dog groups online. Some of the information that goes back and forth is not only wrong, but dangerous.

This is not to shame or embarrass anyone, but just to help any dogs that can be affected by the spread of false information. So, periodically, we plan to address common misconceptions about dog care.

• To begin, let’s talk about pet healthcare. There is a reason they call it “practicing” medicine – there is a lot to learn, and there is a lot of trial and error when it comes to healthcare for pets. Please think for yourself when getting medical advice for your pet (yes even from us). Do research, and take into account your pet’s lifestyle, activity level, environment, temperament, and needs before deciding on a course of treatment.

Obesity is a silent killer we often do not talk about, especially when it comes to our pets. We can often be stuck in an old-school way of thinking, where we show love with food. Wrong! Overfeeding a pet can be disastrous for its health. An overweight pet is just as susceptible to short- and long-term problems as an overweight person.

• Many people think that raw food is not good for dogs. The danger comes from the food handling, not from the nutrition itself. Please wash your hands and the dog’s bowl each time you feed your pet.

• It’s often said that cooked foods carry more nutrition then uncooked. Though tasty, we lose vital nutrients cooking food.

• Another common misconception is that a well-balanced meal is costly. You can provide nutritious, well-balanced meals for your pet for around $30/month. It takes time, preparation, and work, but it’s possible. Kibble was made for those who feel they don’t have the time to do so.

• I’ve also read that a person’s pet can have all the veggies they can eat. Wrong! Remember, all things in moderation.

At the end of the day, no one knows your dogs lifestyle and needs like you do. Be careful about just accepting anything said on dog groups online. Talk to a trained professional, and make an informed decision when it comes to your dog’s care. And remember, the helpful folks at Powerhouse K9 are always happy to answer any questions you have, and to point you in the right direction to ensure your pet is happy and healthy.

– Angela Power, Owner, Powerhouse K9