There’s a lot of information (and misinformation) out there regarding pet health! While it’s good to do your own research, it’s important to decipher between fact and fiction. Don’t fall for these four common pet health myths:
1. A warm, dry nose means your dog is sick: The moistness and temperature of a dog’s nose is not a good indicator of health. A canine’s nose temperature can vary day by day, even hour by hour depending on their environment and activity level. Better indicators of canine illness include behavioral and appetite changes.
2. Garlic can ward off fleas: Not only is there no evidence that feeding your pet garlic will take care of those pesky fleas, garlic is actually toxic to dogs and cats and can lead to severe anemia. Less serious reactions might include upset stomach, vomiting, and diarrhea. Speak with a vet about a safe and reliable flea control method for your pet.
3. Indoor cats don’t need to be vaccinated: While vaccination recommendations depend on the individual animal and should be discussed with a veterinarian, it’s not true that indoor cats simply don’t need to be vaccinated. Since rabies is such a danger to both animals and humans (and it’s not unheard of for a bat or another potentially rabid animal to get inside a house), rabies vaccination is typically recommended for all cats. Many vets also recommend the FVRCP vaccine for indoor cats. Always speak with a veterinarian regarding your pet’s individual vaccination needs.
4. Licking heals wounds: It may be natural for dogs to lick their wounds, but this won’t necessarily help the healing process (and might even delay it). While a dog’s saliva contains some compounds that can aid in healing, it also contains a lot of harmful bacteria and dogs often become obsessive about this behavior. If you notice hair loss or signs of infection, consult with a veterinarian.