With all the confusing information out there about dogs, keeping your dog healthy and safe can be a challenging and tricky undertaking. If you own a dog, then you probably have heard a myth or two about them, which adds to the confusion of owning a dog. Here are some of the common myths about taking care of man’s best friend, and the truth behind them.
One of the misleading myths is that dogs are naturally color blind. The myth originates from the argument that dogs can only see in black and white. Contrary to this belief, dogs actually see in colors. However, they see colors differently to most humans, and are not very good at distinguishing between colors. They cannot distinguish between red, green and yellow due to the fact that their eyes have shades for green and blue receptors.
Another common myth about dogs is that a warm and dry nose is an indication that your dog is sick. The origin of this myth is baseless since most people believe that dogs that show the above stated characteristics are sick, and that those with a watery nose are well.
However, the best way of figuring out if your dog is ill is by looking for signs such as loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea and coughing among others. If your dog’s nose is warm, then he or she may have just been basking in the sun, which should not be a cause for alarm.
Besides that, there is another widespread belief that a dog that wags its tail is happy, which has led to the misconception that such dogs are psychologically happy. More often than not, a dog that wags its tail is probably happy, or is at least experiencing some level of happiness. However, wagging a tail does not express a state of emotion in dogs like an act of smile does in human beings. Surprisingly though, most dogs wag their tails particularity when they feel agitated, tensed, anxious, irritated or annoyed among other things.
The other myth about dog care is that the mouth of a dog is cleaner compared to a human’s mouth. This myth has led many people into believing that it is just fine kissing a dog considering that a dog’s saliva was once believed to be an antiseptic, and that it had healing properties. The truth, however, is that the mouth of a dog is not in any way cleaner than a human’s mouth. As a matter of fact, dog saliva has traces of harmful bacteria and other infectious organisms. In this regard, people with weak immune systems as well as children are highly discouraged from having direct contact with dog saliva.
In addition to that, there is also a misleading myth that dogs eat grass when they need to vomit. It originated from people who observed their dogs eat grass only to throw up a few minutes later. Contrary to this popular belief, eating grass is not associated with stomach disorders in dogs. There are two distinct behaviors in dogs that eat grass; some dogs only take a few nibbles of grass at a time, while others do it vigorously. Dogs falling in the latter category tend to vomit within a matter of minutes of eating grass. If your dog does eat grass regularly, then this may be a sign that you need to change its diet or better still, visit a vet.
Whether it is something from the internet or simply a tip from a good neighbor, myths about dogs can steer you in the wrong direction. It is therefore imperative that you separate myths from facts to enable you bring up a healthy dog. Another important thing to keep in mind for your dog’s health is that they are receiving proper medications for parasite prevention and to make sure you acquire all the necessary pet supplies that they will need. You can now change your thinking about these myths and watch your dog enjoy a better, fulfilling life.
Grace is a free lance writer with a passion for proper animal care. She’s involved in her communities local animal shelter on a campaign to get pet supplies donated, and hopes to find good homes for many animals in need. In her free time she enjoys working out and spending time with family.