Time to dispel some commonly circulated myths that have been passed along via the World Wide Web…
Dogs are colorblindFortunately this is not totally true but the range of colors a dog can see is somewhat limited. It is believed that a dog’s retina is capable of seeing blues, greens, yellows and varying shades of gray.
A wagging tail is a sign that Fido is happy
This is absolutely not true and believing so could get you growled at or even worse, bitten. When approaching a dog take in their whole demeanor. Look to see if they are tense, their ears are flattened or their teeth are bared – this could indicate the dog is not in a friendly mood. Fido may be anxious or even hurt. Just because we can’t see a racing heart or a limp doesn’t mean something may not be going on. Always meet a new dog slowly and cautiously.
Indoor dogs don’t need a lot of exercise
This myth is a real whopper. In truth, an active dog, which is one that gets at least one daily walk, is a healthier dog. In truth, there really is no such thing as an indoor dog. Many dogs spend a good portion of their time inside because their family might work, go to school or for various other reasons. Playing outside, swimming and doing other fun, outdoor dog-friendly activities are all very important to the longevity and well-being of your canine friend.
The belief that dogs should have cool, wet noses is simply untrue. In fact, it is quite normal for a dog to have a dry nose. However, if you notice your dog’s nose has a strange discharge or the skin on it is scaly or peeling it could be a sign of another condition and probably a good time to contact your vet.
Unfortunately facts can sometimes get a little murky in the translation, which means that your pooch can end up being the victim of bad information, which could ultimately affect their health.