Warm Noses = Sick Dog? MYTH! Top Misconceptions and Interesting Facts About Your Dog

1. WARM NOSES = SICK DOG?   ……..  MYTH!

The temperature of a dog’s nose changes easily and is not a good sign of illness. It can be hot and dry after lying in the sun or cool and wet from dripping into the water bowl. Better signs of illness are lethargy, loss of appetite, vomiting, coughing, or a body temperature above 102.5 degrees F on a rectal thermometer. The wet snout? It comes from ducts that carry tears toward the nose.

2. LICKING HEALS DOG’S WOUNDS ……. MYTH!

There is not magic healing power in dog saliva, contrary to popular belief. The idea that dogs’ mouths are clean was probably surmised by the fact that dogs lick their wounds and sometimes heal faster because of it. In reality, if a wound heals faster after a dog licks it, that’s because his rough tongue has been removing dead tissue and stimulating circulation, much like a surgeon would debride a wound. It’s rather quite the opposite: mouth bacteria may cause an infection that delays healing. Dogs are also prone to compulsive licking, which can result in persistent sores, called acral lick dermatitis. The healing choice is usually an Elizabethan collar that blocks his tongue from reaching a sore until it’s completely healed.

3. DOG KISSES CAN MAKE YOU SICK ………  FACT!

Think dogs’ mouths are cleaner than humans? Think again! Dogs’ chops are teeming with bacteria, and harbor germs like salmonella and campylobacter. These organisms get into a dog’s mouth from eating spoiled food or when he uses his tongue as toilet paper. Then a kiss moves these germs from pooch to person, potentially along with a nasty case of diarrhea!

4. FEMALE DOGS SHOULD HAVE ONE LITTER OF PUPPIES BEFORE SHE IS SPAYED ………..  MYTH!

There is no reason a dog should be bred once before being spayed. In general, routine spaying and neutering of dogs is recommended to help control the already huge population of unwanted dogs, a major problem in the world. Yes, there are some valid reasons to choose not to spay your dog, but their are more health benefits to spaying than to not spaying. Some people think that a dog would feel some kind of void, like she is missing out if she cannot have at least one litter of puppies. This is not true. Other people believe that there are long-term health benefits to completing a heat cycle and/or having a litter. Dogs do not think like humans. They will not feel “empty” because they never had puppies. In fact, some dogs are not even good mothers. Breeding your female dog and helping to raise puppies can turn out to be a big job for you – is it worth it? In reality, it contributes to pet overpopulation. In addition, there is no evidence that allowing dogs to go into heat and/or produce a litter before getting spayed has any health benefits. In fact, spaying a dog after she has gone into heat and/or had a litter can even raise the risks of surgery. If you want to breed your dog, make sure she is a proven purebred dog and an excellent example of her breed. Breeding dogs is more than a simple hobby – it is a lifestyle.

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