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We’re Debunking 5 Popular Dog Myths, So Listen Up

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People have great reasons to love their dogs. Simple put, dogs are so awesome, we pretty much don’t deserve them. All we can do is love and and worship at their adorable furry paws. And what better way to love your dog than to understand them and their needs as best as you can?

To that end, below are 5 popular myths about dogs that we need to stop believing. If you want to be a better dog owner, listen up!

#5. A dry or warm nose means your dog is sick

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A dog’s nose naturally dries out in its sleep, but should go back to its normal, wetness within about 10 minutes of waking. That said, allergies, sunburns, and dehydration can also cause nose dryness in older, so it’s not a bad idea to keep an eye out.

#4. Dogs are colorblind

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Well, sort of – they actually are only partially color blind. They can see yellow, green, blue, and combinations of those colors.

#3. Your indoor dog doesn’t need heartworm prevention

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Even indoor dogs come into contact with mosquitoes, and it only takes one bite for your pup to contract heartworm. The disease can be fatal, and even if it’s not, the treatment process is traumatic and expensive. It’s best to have your dog on year-round prevention regardless of how much time they spend outdoors.

#2. Your dog’s mouth is cleaner than yours

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While it’s true that most of the germs in your dog’s mouth are harmless to humans, that definitely doesn’t mean it’s totally clean. Dogs’ mouths hold a decent amount of bacteria, especially if they lick gross stuff (like your trash), and whatever’s lingering on their tongue could transfer to your hands or face. So kiss with caution.

#1. One human year equals seven dog years

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How your dog ages actually depends on their breed and, usually, their size. According to Jesse Grady, a veterinary medicine instructor at Mississippi State University, the best way to describe your dog’s age is to sort it into the appropriate category: puppy, junior, adult, mature, senior, and geriatric.

Make sure you hug your pooch today!