- Myth #1. A warm nose means your dog is sick.
- Myth #2: You cannot teach an old dog new tricks.
- Myth #3: Human food is not harmful to your pet.
- Myth no. 4: Dogs and cats need vaccination boosters every year.
- Myth #5: When pets lick their wounds, it speeds healing.
- Myth #6: It is okay to keep fish in small glass bowls.
- Myth #7: You can teach any parrot to talk.
- Myth #8: Changing food is bad for your pet’s digestion.
- Myth #9: Cats need milk.
- Myth #10. It’s not safe to sleep with your pet.
According to statistics, 57% of families worldwide own a pet. And we all try to give our pets the love and care that we are capable of. Sometimes, however, we can make mistakes due to common misconceptions.
We have collected some myths about pet care and revealed the truths about them.
Myth #1. A warm nose means your dog is sick.
In fact, there is no evidence that your dog’s nasal temperature can be of value for diagnostics. The temperature may vary for a variety of reasons: overheating, genetics, or even normal temperature variations throughout the day.
If you think your dog is sick, doctors advise you to pay more attention to their behavior, the way they eat, drink, urinate or defecate. Of course, use an actual thermometer to determine a dog’s temperature.
Myth #2: You cannot teach an old dog new tricks.
In fact, dogs are trainable regardless of their age if you have enough patience, practice as much as possible and motivate them properly.
And perhaps you have heard of Chaser, the smartest dog in the world, who has reached senior status and has learned new tricks even as he grows older.
Myth #3: Human food is not harmful to your pet.
There are some products from your own table that can be good for your pet, such as meat, steamed or finely chopped vegetables and fruit. Of course, only healthy leftovers can be a good addition to your pet’s regular diet, and they should not contain junk food.
In addition, some foods that are completely healthy for humans can cause serious intestinal damage to pets, such as grapes, avocados, onions and garlic.
Myth no. 4: Dogs and cats need vaccination boosters every year.
Vaccinations are indeed very important for the health of your companion. However, you do not need a “boost”. Research has shown that a single vaccination against parvovirus, distemper and panleukopenia provides long-term protection against the diseases – from 7 years to a lifetime of protection.
A very simple blood test can determine whether your pet has enough antibodies to resist infection. The next time your vet insists on a booster shot, you can ask him to do this blood test first.
Myth #5: When pets lick their wounds, it speeds healing.
If you lick a wound too much, the healing process is slowed down instead of accelerating it. In fact, there is a great risk that a wound that is licked too much will become irritated or even infected.
Veterinarians recommend the use of antiseptic sprays or detergents for small wounds. However, if there is a deep one, it should be seen by a doctor.
Myth #6: It is okay to keep fish in small glass bowls.
Despite the fact that glass bowls are very popular to keep fish like goldfish in them, they actually make them a terrible home. These bowls are usually small and do not contain enough water to make a fish feel comfortable. Because of the small space they take up, glass bowls do not provide enough oxygen, which is very important for fish.
If you want to have a fish as a pet, a rectangular or square tank is a better option as it has a larger surface area.
Myth #7: You can teach any parrot to talk.
It is definitely true that most parrots have the ability to speak. However, there are some types that do not. Therefore, you could spend countless hours teaching your pet to talk, but there will be no results. It is therefore very important to check if your pet can talk at all. However, some parrots may only learn a few words, while others talk all day and have a large vocabulary.
Myth #8: Changing food is bad for your pet’s digestion.
Imagine eating the same food three times a day? You wouldn’t like it very much, would you? The same goes for your pet. Changing your pet’s food is healthy and provides better nutrition as long as the products are of high quality. Variety is important for your dog or cat, and they can eat different meals without any problems.
In addition, veterinarians say that repeated administration of the same food can lead to sensitivity to a particular type of food or protein in the form of allergies.
Myth #9: Cats need milk.
Contrary to popular belief, cats cannot digest the lactose that normal cow’s milk contains. In your pet, the consumption of milk can cause vomiting, diarrhoea and other intestinal problems. In addition, veterinarians explain that milk contains many more calories that a kitten needs per day.
Myth #10. It’s not safe to sleep with your pet.
If you and your pet are both healthy, it is absolutely safe to sleep in the same bed with your companion. In addition, studies show that it is actually good for your health and helps you relax.
And despite popular belief, sleeping with your dog in bed does not cause any behavioral problems. So spend as much time with your loved one as you like.
Did you believe in any of these myths before you read this, or do you know others? Share your advice in the comments section below.