Debunking Pet Health Myths
Here are some common myths surrounding pet health that you may have heard of and the actual truth behind them!
Myth 1: It is okay for your pet to lick their wounds
Licking wounds, although oftentimes a natural instinct for pets to do, can actually be harmful to their healing process. Their saliva can contain harmful bacteria that when introduced into a wound, can slow the healing process or even cause an infection. As a conscientious pet owner, make sure that your pet wears a cone and always keep a close eye on their activity!
Myth 2: Grain-free diets are healthy and natural
Although many believe that their pets should eat like their ancestors, a raw meat diet, dogs and cats have actually evolved over time to consume diets more similar to humans. This is because of evolution and our long history of domesticating these animals. While protein should make up a majority of their diet, it is also good to make sure they get a variety of nutrients from grains and vegetables.
Myth 3: You can tell if your dog is sick if their nose is warm and dry
A dog’s nose temperature or moisture level is not necessarily indicative of sickness. Even though some illnesses can cause these symptoms, a warm or dry nose is likely a reflection of the temperature and humidity of the environment your dog is in at the time. Take it as a sign instead to place them in a more comfortable space!
Myth 4: A “dog year” is equal to 7 human years
Contrary to the common misconception that one dog year is equal to 7 human years, this myth is not supported by scientific evidence. Dogs age at varying rates depending on their size; smaller breeds tend to age slower while larger breeds usually age quicker.
Myth 5: Dogs mouths’ are clean
Although many pet owners enjoy receiving licks from their dogs, it isn’t a very sanitary way of showing affection. Aside from their bad breath, dogs’ mouths are filled with various bacterias that come from dirty origins. It’s also common for dogs to develop dental disease or gum disease since many owners neglect teeth brushing as a routine. By frequently brushing your pets’ teeth or going in for dental cleanings, you can greatly reduce the risk of dental diseases and alleviate some of the germs plastered on your face.
Myth 6: Allergies come from dog and cat hairs
One of the most common pet myths is that allergies in humans are caused by cat and dog hairs. Many people report that pet fur/hair results in sneeze attacks and causes their eyes to water, but the allergen to blame is generally found in the animals’ skin, urine, and saliva.