Transcript for How to Be a Vet for Your Pet
We're back now with our new series "Be a vet for your pet." This morning we're making your pet's diet healthier. We have Dr. Jeff Werber, a spokesperson for our sponsor Iams. Thanks for being here. We want our animals to eat healthy. What should we be looking for on the labels of their food? First of all, dogs and cats need balanced nutrition to be healthy. And so you are looking for diets that are 100% nutritionally complete. One of the key ingredients usually the first, second and third should be protein. Iams found protein from animal sources is really the best way to get that protein. Good for immune system, good for heart, lungs, et cetera. Good for energy, vitality. Exercise and with cats, by the way, cats since they are carnivore, cats need to eat meat so, therefore, it's very important to have this animal sourced protein, beef, chicken, eggs, fish with -- in the case of cats and 70% of the protein should come from these animal sources. All right. Another thing, good food is good but too much could lead to obesity, so, of course, be careful. Just like humans so we're debunking common myths and we'll get our audience involved. We have lots of pet lovers in the audience. So we asked you to hold up paddles for us. True or false, human food is bad for your pet. Is that true or false? I love the fact that we have both because there is -- first of all it's very difficult when you think of the 40 plus nutrients that go into a balanced diet, to make that at home is very tough. Plus, there are certain things here, I just have to show. Raw onions and garlic potentially toxic, grapes and raisins, toxic, avocados too much fat and peanut butter uses a natural sweetener that's callca called xylotol in the sugar also kind is dangerous. Sugarless peanut butter, anything with that, sugarless mints or gum are dangerous for our pets. Treats quickly. February is pet dental health month so we have to be careful. Ideally the best way to control is brush pets' teeth. Doesn't always happen, trust me, it doesn't. I have a lot of them. I don't even do it so look for treats like dentasticks or greaneys, cat treats, as well. Iams has one for cats too. Dental treats for our pets. These are available at the humane society of New York.
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