Dog Myths Myths Disproved Truths Uncovered

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Dog Myths Myths Disproved Truths Uncovered

by Debbie Ray



Dog myths: Most pet owners have become very educated about their pets and the health of their pets.

Still, there are many others who tend to believe in the old wives tales and myths that have been passed around for some time now.

I?m sure most of you have heard at least one, and probably more, of the following myths.

Veterinarians at the American Animal Hospital Association(AAHA) have since enlightened us to many of those tales and to the facts concerning some of the most commonly heard myths.

Dog Myths: Yeast will prevent fleas from feasting on your pet.

Facts: There is still no scientific proof that yeast prevents fleas, though it is a good source of B vitamins.

Dog Myths: Pets(dogs/cats) will get worms if they drink milk.

Facts: This is no more true for your pets than it is for you! Pets do lose their tolerance for milk early, however, around the age of 6 -8 weeks of age due to their loss of lactose(an enzyme essential for the digestion of milk products).

Young animals may have diarrhea if they drink milk due to the above factors. Still, most puppies are infected with worms through maternal milk or during pregnancy which is why treating both mother and litters for worms is so important.

Dog Myths: If a purebred bitch inadvertently becomes pregnant by a mix breed dog, this disallows her ability to have purebred puppies in future litters.

Facts: The only puppies that will be mixed breed are the ones resulting from this breeding. If bred with a purebred mate in the future, those puppies will also be purebred.

Dog Myths: Dogs and cats should be allowed one heat cycle, or one litter of pups, before being spayed.

Facts: A major benefit of being spayed may be lost if this is allowed to happen! Research shows that animals spayed before their first heat have a significantly smaller chance of developing future health problems such as breast cancer.

Dog Myths: Dogs which scoot their rear ends on the ground have worms.

Facts: Sometimes dogs having tapeworms may exhibit this behavior, though the overwhelming majority of animals doing this have inflamed or overly full anal sacs. The anal sacs are structures located on either side of the anus which when closed up cause an itching or burning sensation in your pets anal area. As a result the animal scoots its rear on the ground to try and relieve this situation.

Dog Myths: Any dog having a black mouth is a purebred.

Facts: Though some purebred dogs have a blackened color inside their mouth, this is no indication of any other animal being a purebred. Pigmentation is the only reason for this color, caused by a substance called melanin. Indeed, this substance called melanin is responsible for birthmarks in humans and also the lack of, or availability of, such skin tones as a tan. This color alone is not indicative of a purebred dog.

Dog Myths: Puppies need calcium supplements for strong bones and erect ears.

Facts: If you are feeding your animals a diet that is nutritionally complete, then no further supplements are needed. Too much calcium, in fact, can be harmful to your dog.

Maybe the facts above will help you whenever you hear any of these old wives tales floating about. As always, if you ever have any questions concerning your pet or your pets health, contact your veterinarian first.

Debbie Ray, owner of http://www.pedigreedpups.com and http://www.total-german-shepherd.com, is a lifelong animal lover and dog enthusiast. Interested in more dog information? Training and health tips? Thinking about getting a purebred dog? Interested in the German Shepherd Dog in particular? Need to promote your dog related website and get additional in bound links? Check out pedigreedpups.com, total-german-shepherd.com or http://www.pedigreeddogs.com (purebred dog breed directory) for more information.



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