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Six Common Myths About Dogs Get Debunked

Article by Dr Jeff Jenkins  – Ahwatukee Animal Care Hospital.

Blog - common mythsToday we are debunking six of the most common myths about our furry canine friends.

A warm or dry nose indicates illness. You may have heard that if a dog’s nose is dry or warm it means your dog is sick. However, your dog’s nose is not an accurate indicator of your canine pal’s health. If you notice your dog’s nose is warm or dry, don’t panic. There are normal explanations for this, such as waking up from a nap. However, if your dog’s nose is persistent or becomes crusted over, bring him or her into us for a visit to rule out any health issues.

You can’t teach an old dog new tricks. Well, actually, you can! training an old dog may be a little more challenging, especially if he or she has hearing loss or reduced vision. However, as long as it’s within his or her physical capabilities, even senior dogs can benefit from the mental stimulation of learning new tricks.

Giving your dog garlic can prevent fleas and/or worms. Garlic doesn’t prevent fleas or worms. Further, it is not a good idea to feed your dog garlic. In large quantities, garlic can actually be harmful to your dog. Talk to us about safe flea and tick prevention for your dog.

A wagging tail means your dog is happy. Dogs do wag their tails when they are happy, but a wagging tail doesn’t necessarily indicate happiness. It can also indicate excitement. It’s important to observe the other dog behaviors in order to determine if their excitement is friendly or aggressive.

My dog runs around in our yard, so he or she doesn’t need to go for a walk. Spending time in your yard is not a replacement for real exercise. Dogs are naturally pack animals, which means they want to travel with other dogs. When you walk your dog, you stimulate this directed, goal-oriented pack behavior in a way that running around in the backyard doesn’t. Also, going for walks helps to burn off energy in a focused way and provides visual and sensory stimulation for your pet.

One human year is the equivalent of seven dog years. If only it were that simple!  Not all dog breeds have the same lifespan; therefore, a Yorkshire terrier could live to 17 years of age, while a Boxer may only survive to 10, meaning they probably age at different speeds. Additionally, dogs mature very quickly at first, but after the first couple of years of life, their maturation slows down considerably. So, a two-year-old dog may be equal to a 24 year-old human, but a four year-old dog may be equal to a 32-year-old human.


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