Mythbusting Your Pets

January 31, 2011

Have you ever discovered that something you thought was common knowledge was actually just plain wrong? It’s not an unusual experience. Even our cuddly, four-legged companions are sources of common misconceptions. Keep reading to find out the truth about cats and dogs.

It is widely believed that table scraps are good for dogs and that a saucer of milk is just the thing for a feline. However, when it comes to keeping your furry friend healthy, it is best to stick to foods specially formulated for their dietary needs. Both cats and dogs are lactose intolerant. Milk may be pleasing to their palates but it can lead to a very upset tummy and can even cause vomiting and diarrhea. Additionally, table scraps and human food often contain chemicals, spices and other elements that animals would never have encountered in nature.  However, please be advised also against feeding your pet raw meat. Any bacteria or other unfriendly organisms in raw meat could be spread from your pet’s saliva to you and your family. A good rule of thumb is to stick to high quality, natural or organic pet foods to keep your companion happy and healthy.

Puppy kisses may seem sweet, but you might want to think twice about letting your pooch give you a big wet one. Just take a moment to think about where your dog’s mouth has been. Doesn’t exactly make you want to pucker up, but many people still find themselves enjoying slobbery kisses from their pup. Many veterinarians recommend brushing your dog’s teeth with a toothpaste especially formulated for dogs or using dental chew toys to keep your dog’s mouth clean. Regular cleanings can help prevent against a variety of health problems as well as cutting down on the doggy breath.

One last myth that persists in passing as fact is the belief that cats always land on their feet. Unfortunately, though cats are quite nimble creatures, they too are vulnerable to falls. Make sure your windows are secure, especially if you live higher up in the sky. Now that we’ve busted these common myths and misconceptions about your furballs, hopefully you will be able to use your knowledge to give your pet a long and happy life.

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