If you love dogs, join the club! But know this: some of the most common beliefs about doggie health are just old wives tales. So, let’s put a muzzle on the myths with these facts from PetPlace.com:

  • A dog’s nose can’t really tell you if he’s healthy or sick. Cold and wet, or warm and dry, a nose is just a nose. The only accurate way to test a dog’s temperature is with a thermometer. Normal dog temperature between 100-point-5 and 102-point-5 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Don’t assume your dog is sick when you see them eat grass. Dogs are descended from wild wolves and foxes, which means grass was once part of the normal canine diet. So if they eat small amounts of grass and barf it up, don’t worry.
  • Mixed breed dogs are healthier than purebreds. Studies show that’s not always true. Any dog can be unhealthy. But mutts generally do have fewer of the genetic diseases common in purebred lines.
  • Dogs love to the petted on the head. Not necessarily. Some dogs hate it because they have very sensitive eyes and ears. So, stroke the sides of a dog’s neck, or along their back – especially if it’s an unfamiliar dog. When a dog sees a hand coming at him from overhead, he may see it as a threat.
  • Remember: dogs are not canine garbage disposals! Keep in mind that some table scraps are dangerous to pets. For example, bones might not get digested, leaving jagged pieces inside their intestines. And pieces of fat may cause gastrointestinal problems, like pancreatitis. And never feed your dog grapes, raisins, garlic, onions, mushrooms, and chocolate. In fact, a pound of milk chocolate could possibly kill a sixteen pound dog.
  • Dogs only like tasty food. Not true! Dogs have very poor taste buds, and eat primarily based on their sense of smell. So, stop cooking up filet mignon for Fido already!

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