Top 10 Misconceptions About Dog Health and Care
1. Nothing needs to be done with a small wound on the dog’s body – it will lick it.
In fact, the dog’s oral cavity is a breeding ground for germs, and if she licks the wound herself, this will increase the risk of suppuration and delay healing at least twice. In such cases, the wound should be treated, and a protective collar should be put on the dog to prevent licking.
2. The dosage of anthelmintic drugs depends on the age of the dog.
In fact, it depends only on weight.
3. The smell from the dog’s mouth is normal because it doesn’t brush its teeth.
Firstly, a dog can and even needs to brush his teeth – for this, special brushes are sold. Secondly, the smell can indicate various diseases (caries, tartar, sometimes gastritis). If the smell from the mouth is combined with other deviations in health, even small ones, it is better to consult a veterinarian.
4. It is necessary to bathe the dog as often as possible in order to eliminate the smell of the dog.
This is harmful to the skin, which is easily degreased, and also leads to hypothermia of the dog in the cold season. It is recommended to bathe dogs only in the summer (at other times of the year you can wash your paws, stomach, but not the entire surface of the body).
5. Bathing dogs should be at the same temperature that is comfortable for the person, ie warm water. And blow dry in the warmest mode.
In fact, you can only bathe a dog in slightly warm or cool water. Your best bet is to make room temperature water. You can only dry with a warm, not a hot hairdryer.
6. A cage for a dog is a prison, and it is inhuman to keep it there.
In fact – unless, of course, you abuse the contents of the pet in the cage and correctly train it, it is perceived by the dog not as a place of imprisonment, but as a “house in the house” – a den, a place for games and rest, giving a sense of peace and security . Cages are especially good on the road and somewhere in a new place where the dog in the cage can calm down with his favorite toys, surrounded by familiar smells (for this purpose, you need to keep a soft, comfortable litter in the cage). Also, the cage should be spacious enough so that the dog can stand and turn around in it to get comfortable.
7. A dog is a smart animal, and itself knows how much food to eat. She can’t eat more than she can.
This approach can lead to obesity in the dog. Calculate the necessary daily diet based on the size of your pet and its activity, feed at strictly defined times in prescribed portions and do not overfeed. Even goodies should be given based on the daily calorie share for the dog (not exceeding it).
8. The dog is omnivorous, will eat everything – and there will be no harm to health.
Many foods in general can cause serious poisoning (for example, chocolate or grapes), others can lead to obesity, allergic reactions, give an excessive load on the liver, heart, etc. Feeding the dog should be balanced and consist of healthy, healthy products for its body. About any residues from the general table, as well as all the fatty, sweet, salty, smoked speech is not talking!
9. On the walk, the dog herself will figure it out by pinching the grass, which plants are poisonous – and will not eat them.
In fact, the dog is not able to distinguish many poisonous plants neither by smell nor intuitively. There is a long list of poisonous plants from which you need to protect your dog – you should ask him at the veterinarian or look in the directory or on the Internet – and be vigilant when walking with your pet.
10. A dog can do without mineral supplements and top dressing – after all, she gets everything from her food.
Minerals are vital for both puppies and adult dogs.
However, it is necessary to know and remember that for each breed the amount of mineral fertilizing should be different. It is best to seek advice from a veterinarian at any dog breeder club. Do not overdo it with additives – an overdose of mineral feeding for a puppy can lead to bone fragility (though in an adult dog, excess mineral additives are simply washed out of the body).
11. The nose is cold — the dog has normal temperature and the dog is healthy, the hot dog is sick and fever. This statement is not true, the nose is wet and cold only in the active animal, when the dog is resting, the nose is warm and dry. It is reliable to verify that your pet’s temperature is normal only by measuring it rectally (we hold a regular thermometer from 7 to 10 minutes, electronic 2 minutes or until the thermometer beeps).