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The Truth About Cats and Dogs

When it comes to pets, there are plenty of myths associated with certain behaviors, eating habits, and more. And while some hold true, there are plenty of common beliefs that you might be surprised to discover are untrue. Here, we’ll reveal the truth in some popular cat and dog myths.

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Myth: Cats are immune to rabies.
Truth: This is false! Cats can most definitely contract rabies, and should be vaccinated regularly.

Myth: Pregnant women should stay away from cats.
Truth: Relax. If you’re pregnant, or share a household with someone who is pregnant, there’s no need to adopt out your family cat. It’s perfectly OK for pregnant women to interact with cats; it’s just the litter box that can be a danger. So pregnant ladies, enjoy your 9 month vacation from litter box duty!

Myth: Cats love milk.
Truth: Okay, so your cat might actually love milk, but this still doesn’t mean it’s okay to drink. Even though there are endless photos of cute kittens lapping up milk, it can actually give your cat an upset stomach and contribute to obesity.

Myth: My cat can take care of itself while I’m on vacation.
Truth: Just because cats are independent animals does not mean you can leave them alone for extended periods of time. If you’re going to be gone for more than 12 to 14 hours, make arrangements that don’t just include a fresh litter box and extra food. Cats left alone can get into trouble, become depressed, and even get sick.

Myth: Cats thrive on a vegan diet.
Truth: Cats are carnivores, and a meatless diet will leave them severely lacking nutrients they need to stay healthy.

Myth: A wagging tail means the dog is happy and friendly.
Truth: Dogs move their tails in many forms of communication including happiness, aggression, fear, dominance, and invitation. It is best to ask the dog’s owner before petting a strange dog.

Myth: A dog’s mouth is cleaner than a human’s mouth.
Truth: Today, you brushed your teeth twice (hopefully). Today, your dog ate food off the ground, licked itself, and who knows what else—really, this is one myth to let go of for good.

Myth: A warm and/or dry nose means my dog is sick.
Truth: A warm or dry nose has nothing to do with a dog's health. Focus on the unusual to detect signs of a potential problem. Call your vet if you notice swelling, difficult breathing or if your dog has a runny nose for more than a couple of days.

Myth: Licking is healing.
Truth: It is natural for a dog to lick its wound but this not necessarily always "healing." Too much licking can actually prohibit healing.

Myth: If my pet eats grass, that means it is sick.
Truth:Several theories exist about this myth, and there is no proven answer. However, research indicates that many animals just enjoy eating grass, so don’t panic if your pet takes the occasional nibble.

Myth: Garlic gets rid of worms/fleas.
Truth:Not only will garlic not get rid of worms or fleas, but it could cause your pet to get sick.