Like any trade, there are many myths that make the workers in its field cringe. The same is true for veterinarian medicine. The following are a collection of common myths, which at times can bring harm to your animal or at a minimum create a needless headache for you.
- Eating garlic rids dogs of fleas and “worms”. Unfortunately, this is not true. In fact, as little as one clove of garlic or one onion can lead become highly toxic, cause red blood cells to rupture, and lead to death.
- My dog has a dry/warm nose, he must be sick. Just because when our foreheads get too warm it means we are fighting off infection, it is not so for dogs’ noses. There is almost no correlation between a warm or dry nose and a dog’s health. However, if you dog’s nose is running, swollen, or skin is cracking then call your veterinarian.
- Female animals should have a litter before spaying. There is no medical evidence to support this idea. Conversely, dogs or cats that are spayed before their first heat eliminate their chance of developing uterine and ovarian cancer as well as lower the risk of mammary cancer.
- Animals are cheap. Lets get one. Owning an animal is a wonderful thing for you and the animal, however, pets deserve proper treatment and care. Expert estimates vary, but somewhat conservative estimates for owning a dog or cat the first year range from $700 – $1200 with annual costs ranging from $300 – $700 thereafter. Next week’s article will explore more of these specifics.
You have probably heard other bits of “sage advice” for your animal but never hesitate to verify with your veterinarian before acting!