7 Dog Health Myths You Should Never Believe, Neither Take Action on them

To believe myths always carries threats as they may lead to negative consequences or just simply mislead us. There are various myths about dogs, and they sometimes make a negative influence on dog owners, “encourage them” make mistakes, sometimes funny, but sometimes even fatal errors.

Myth #1: Dogs cannot see and differentiate colors

Many think that dogs fail to see colors, which is a myth.  It is scientifically proved that dogs can see several colors:  blue, green, yellow and shades of grey.

Myth #2: calculate dog’s age by multiplying man’s age seven times

Most recent surveys report that calculating a dog’s age by multiplying human’s age seven times is outdated. Scientists say that dogs are quite fast in their first couple of year. However, aging process greatly depends on the breed of the dog you have.
Larger breeds similar to Newfoundland mature faster than other breeds with a shorter lifespan. A medium-sized or small dogs reach older age status later, around 7-year of age for medium dogs and 10-years for small ones.
There is no exact method available to calculate the dog’s age, but veterinarians agree on a new guideline through which one-year-old dog equals to a 12-year old human. The amount doubles then, meaning a 2-year-old dog is equal to a 24-year-old human and continue the new method plus four years for every age that follows.

Myth #3: A dog wags tail – he is happy

Dog wages tail
Someone may feel safer when sees a strange dog wags tail, as there is a long-rooted myth that dog’s wag their tails when they are “on high mood.”

A tail wagging can sometimes and quite often may be a signal for fear, impending aggression, anxiety.

To guess whether the dog which wags tail is on the high mood or has an aggressive motivation, just observe on the total body language.

Myth #4: Little sweet will not harm

Dogs like to taste different food, and they may look into your eyes, begging to give him a little chocolate.
Stop! Never do this, as chocolate can be very toxic and life-threatening to your lovely canine.

As little as 1 ounce of dark chocolate may be quite sufficient to kill a small dog.

Myth #5:  Dog foams – he has rabies

An excessive drooling is indeed one of the signs of rabies. However, there are other illnesses the drooling may indicate on like dental problems, anxiety, heatstroke and several others. Also, there are several breeds like Saint Bernards, Mastiffs and Bloodhounds who drool a lot. Thus, never hurry to make own conclusions over rabies, based on foaming.

Myth #6: Purebred dogs are healthier and live long

Purebred dog
It is definitely a myth as in reality purebred dogs may live shorter compared to mutts as they suffer a range of serious illnesses starting from cancer and epilepsy to heart disorders. If you have a purebred dog, you must be better more cautious and do not miss any necessary injections or medical procedures to protect your pet.

Myth #7: Only male dogs hump others

It is very common in female dogs to hump other dogs or take a ride on each other.  The behavior is not at all about “sexual attraction.” Researchers claim that the behavior is an act of dominance and is absolutely normal both in male and female canines.

And One More (Maybe Biggest) MYTH – Dogs hate cats

Dog and cat sleeping
Dogs and cats are considered as “eternal” enemies, and the attitude is reflected in many sayings. However, it is not true that dogs hate cats.  The “rivalry” takes place only in some situations. This myth is easy to turn down when a dog and a cat live in the same location from the very beginning.

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