By: Denver Aniston – info resource from Chevromist Kennels
Pet dogs are usually considered important family members; a lot of families are known to adjust their vacation plans to effectively accommodate their dogs. They may do away with long-distance travel if they cannot accommodate their dogs, and would pay for more expensive hotel accommodations as long as they get to have their dogs with them. Bottom line is these people love their pooch so much that their lives operate with great consideration of what’s good for their pet.
Speaking of what’s good for their pet, health is definitely a top priority for owners. Keeping the furry little one strong, healthy, and free from diseases is an important responsibility dog owners to uphold. But there are so many “tips” on dog health out there that either do not do anything positive or actually compromise the well-being of the animal, and unfortunately, even experienced dog owners are guilty of implementing these tips.
Chevromist, professional breeders of purebred and designer dogs have identified what these dog health myths are, listed them down, and provided the real tips to support a dog’s health.
Myth 1: Cooked animal bones are beneficial treats for canines. They make teeth healthier and provide calcium.
Fact: Cooked animal bones are brittle so they can splinter, get lodged in between teeth, pierce a dog’s gums, get caught in his throat, and even puncture his intestines. If you really want to provide a bone treat for your dog, uncooked large marrow bones are an excellent one but make sure to dip it in hot water first (about two seconds) to kill off surface bacteria.
Myth 2: Add meat drippings to dog food to enhance shine to his coat.
Fact: Meat drippings are often too rich for dogs and they cannot handle that well and may develop animal pancreatitis if given to dogs all the time. If you really want to add shine to his coat, have your vet prescribe a shampoo for the job and comb your dog’s fur more often.
Myth 3: Dog saliva heals dog wounds best.
Fact: If human saliva is loaded with bacteria and germs despite regular oral care, all the more with doggie saliva. So letting your dog lick his wounds is a definite no-no because it can lead to infection. The best way to promote healing is to seek treatment from a qualified veterinarian to prescribe the right medicine and wound care to prevent exposure to infection.
Myth 4: Garlic prevents fleas, ticks, and other parasites.
Fact: There’s very little garlic can do for such purpose and feeding garlic to dogs can result in vomiting and diarrhea. To prevent parasites, ticks and fleas, the best way remains to be consistent with spot on flea prevention medication such as frontline and to maintain proper hygiene.
Myth 5: Dogs naturally clean their teeth.
Fact: Dogs do not, claim the professional breeders of Chevromist Kennels. Healthy diet and dental toys can promote strong teeth and gums but owners need to provide these with large uncooked bones to help their dogs get rid of plaque buildup. For more thorough oral care for animals, have your vet take care of it.