10 Myths About Dogs

The 10 most common dog myths

1. Dogs have monochromatic vision

Unlike what people believe, dogs see beyond black and white. Although they are unable to distinguish a wide range of colors, they can admire pure colors like red, blue and yellow, among others.

2. One human year equals seven years for dogs

Calculating a dog's age to match human age is not as simple as is believed. What is certain is that there is no exact formula, because it depends on each species.

Thus, a dog's age varies according to its size, breed and development. On the internet there are digital calculators, which can provide more or less accurate data about the age of the dogs.

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3. Eating bones strengthens teeth

It has always been said that giving dogs bones to eat is good, because many people associate this with keeping their teeth sharp, as well as clean.

However, bones can be dangerous to a dog's health. When ingested, animals can suffer damage to the body, such as perforations in the intestine, cuts in the tongue or suffocation.


4. Grass helps to clean dogs

Even though it is common to see dogs eating grass, this is not fully recommended. Grass is a vegetable compound that cannot be digested by dogs, and this produces vomiting and irritation of the intestinal mucosa. Some dogs ingest grass to induce vomiting and decrease stomach pain, but this is totally contraindicated. In the case of intestinal obstruction, it is best to go to the vet to prescribe the indicated treatment.

5. If dogs crawl, they have parasites

Although parasites itch the anus, they are not necessarily the cause for the dog to crawl. Sometimes, after defecating, the remains of the stool dry around the anus and it causes itching. One way to clean this area and soothe the itch is to crawl on the grass or on the ground.

6. Pure breeds are healthier

There is no antecedent or condition to affirm this myth. A dog's health is not associated with the purity of its breed, but with many other factors that need to be analyzed. What is actually true is that some breeds are more prone to certain diseases.

7. Aggressiveness in dogs is due to breed

Certainly there are dogs with a stronger personality, but the dog's personality is defined by the creation received. For example, Pitbulls are considered an aggressive breed of dog. But this will happen if the owner trains him to fight or attack other species, or if he was a mistreated animal during childhood.

Another myth in relation to "aggressive" dogs is that their jaws usually become blocked after a bite, and this is also not true. It depends on the size, breed and other peculiarities of the animal.

8. Dogs heal their wounds by licking them

Licking the wounds is a sign of pain. The animal seeks to reduce the malaise or itchiness, and for that it licks itself. However, this can be bad for recovery.

The mouth contains a lot of bacteria that can infect a wound. In addition, moistening it constantly hinders healing, so the ideal is to avoid and prevent this animal's behavior.

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9. You should not sterilize a dog before its first delivery

Many specialists assure that it is not necessary to wait for the first delivery to sterilize a dog. Pregnancy in animals is an instinctive rather than an emotional issue. For these reasons, the dog will not feel depressed if it is not a mother.

10. Dogs love to be hugged

The truth is that dogs feel threatened when they are hugged. In this sense, it is preferable to caress them to show affection, and thus they will feel much more at ease.

Conclusions about these myths about dogs:

It is important to clarify and seek explanation about the myths. Thus, you avoid putting an animal's health at risk by making a bad decision based on a belief. If there is any doubt or rumor, it is recommended to clarify the matter with the veterinarian.