Know Your Dog! Dog Myths for Owners

Dog owners who want the best for their canine will try to keep them as happy and comfortable as possible, but with so much information out there concerning dog care: what do you believe? Myths and fictions about dog behavior, likes and dislikes have been circulating for years and people fall for them all the time. These myths have become ‘folk wisdom’, served up without thought almost as reflex. Before you heed the advice of your buddy or Aunt Jo about what your dog needs, check out some of these yet-to-die myths, and make sure your dog gets the best care you can give it.

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MYTH: House dogs don’t need regular vet visits
You don’t have to take an indoor dog to the vet because they attract fewer germs and don’t come in contact with other dogs, so they’re not prone to certain dangers. Sorry, utter bunk. Scheduled care and visits to the vet are vital for every dog’s overall health and well being, indoor, outdoor or outer space.
MYTH: Owing a dog costs very little

Everything that has life – humans, trees, etc. - takes money, time and effort to care for. Items like food, toys, bedding furniture and veterinarian visits are all factors that contribute to your dog’s care. Think out it and be sure you are prepared for these expenses before you acquire a dog.

MYTH: Purebreds are not as healthy as mixed breeds

This myth is as accepted as law, but it is completely fictitious. To begin with, no genetic tests are run on mixed breeds before they are mated, this alone increases the risk of their developing genetic illnesses. To be truthful, in certain tests run by UC Davis for 24 various genetic disorders, there was not enough evidence to support their being any significant difference between mixed bred and purebred dogs.

MYTH: Dog mouths are more hygienic than human mouths
This one has been going around a long, long time. A little puppy is really cute, cuddly and clean looking, but they don’t have cleaner mouths than humans. Both dog and human mouths carry a number of bacteria that stabilize their health. Dogs also tend to eat and chew on things that contain germs – dogs being dogs. It is best to think twice before letting a dog lick your face.
MYTH: All dogs see in black and white
This was as common belief among veterinarians until recent studies proved it to be false. It’s not easy to test dogs for color distinction, but behavior studies have proven that dogs are able to see blue and yellow hues but no colors in the spectrums of blue or green.
MYTH: Dogs eat grass because they are sick

Dogs do regurgitate as a rule after they eat grass, but don’t assume that they do this as a result of illness and to purge themselves. Dogs like to chew grass because they can: it’s fun! It’s safe for them to do this even if they throw up as long as the grass hasn’t been treated with chemicals or fertilizer.

MYTH: Human food is good enough for dogs

If this were true, then dog food should be just fine for humans, right? The truth is that the food people eat won’t have the proper nutrition to support a dog’s health needs. Many of the foods we consume may be healthy for us, but are actually fatal for a dog. Chocolates, for one, when fed to a dog can actually kill it. Chicken and fish bones are a no-no as well as this can choke the dog. Premium dog food is the best for feeding dogs.

MYTH: Put bulls clamp their jaws
The saying that pit bulls lock their jaws onto whatever they attack is simple not true. Pit bulls jaws never lock because it is impossible for them to do this. They are made just the same as any other canine and therefore have no special operations or functions, which make them capable of unusual movements. They have very strong jaws, and it just feels like they’re locked.