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9 Pet Myths

 

Sorting through pet myths and truths can be a difficult task, but understanding the difference can make you a better pet owner and better health for your pet!

 

9 Pet Myths

1. All cats are loners.  Many cats love company and spending time with their humans.  It is not unusual for a cat to flow you around and try to help with whatever chores you are doing.

2. Eating Grass means a sick pet or an upset stomach.  It is believed that grass is a normal part of the ancestral diet of both dogs and cats.  Many pets eat grass because it tastes good, or because they crave certain nutrients missing from their food.  While some pets vomit after eating too much grass, this is generally a side effect, not an intended result.

3. You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.  You have heard it said a million times.  But while this might be true for humans, it’s definitely not for dogs!  20 minutes a day is usually enough to teach the most stubborn dog to sit, stay and other fun tricks.

4.  A purring cat is a happy cat and a wagging tail means a happy dog.  Cats purr when they are happy, but also when they are anxious or nervous.  In the same way, dogs wag their tail to show happiness, but also excitement, stress or even aggression.  Pay attention to the overall body language of dogs and cats to understand a wagging tail or a purr.

5.  Giving supplements to pets is a painful and difficult process.  Not true!  Many supplements come in powers, tasty chewable, or even treats.  Pill pockets have worked wonders for owners and pet sitters.  When I need to give medication to dog boarding at my home,  pill pockets are easily and clean, unlike peanut butter.

6. When pets lick their wounds, it speeds up healing.  Licking a wound too much actually slows down the healing process.  

7.  An itchy pet is always a sign of fleas.  Allergies are the most common cause of itching and licking and there are other skin irritants and diseases which need to be ruled out as well when tracking the source of the itch.

8.  Pets get stiff when they get old.  Just like human, your are not old until you feel old!  Keep your dog playing like a puppy and your cat playing like a kitten with the help of exercise ,healthy food, vitamins and joint supplements.

9.  Changing foods is bad for your pet’s digestion.  Would you want to the same thing 3 times a day, every day?  Changing up foods means overall better nutrition too, as long as its health, high quality foods.

 

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