5 common dog myths
1. Dogs eat grass when they have stomach problems.
There is the myth that when dogs eat grass they usually vomit. But they do not vomit because they are sick, rather because grass irritates the stomach lining. The truth is that they really enjoy eating grass.
2. Dogs eat their faeces because of lack of vitamins and minerals.
This occurs in a very small number of cases. Most often they do so because they like the taste, because they learned this behaviour from a young age, because they are trying to get our attention, because they learnt it from their mother or because they are hungry. You can prevent this behaviour by picking up the faeces before they get a chance to eat them.
3. The dog’s nose is always wet and cold.
This is true most of the times, but it is not necessarily a sign of good health. The nose is wet and cold because they constantly lick it. If you see a dry and warm nose, do not worry if your dog appears otherwise healthy.
4. Dogs heal their wounds by licking them.
Dogs keep their wounds clean by licking them, although excessive licking is not good. It stresses already injured tissues, increases the likelihood of infection and becomes a bad habit that can persist forever.
5. Feed garlic to your dog because it kills fleas and eliminates endoparasites.
Garlic and onions are toxic to dogs. Doing so is likely to cause severe anaemia.