Is it true that seven human years are equivalent to one dog year? Can dogs really smell cancer? Here, we debunk some commonly held dog myths.
Though many believe one human year equals seven dog years, this is a common misconception. When your dog reaches 2 years of age, it will age about five dog years to every human year in smaller to medium-sized breeds, and one human year for every six to seven dog years in larger breeds. Here’s a good online conversion calculator. Keep in mind, a young dog with no attention, limited exercise and a poor diet may not live as long of a life as an older dog who gets good healthcare, proper nutrition, and both mental and physical stimulation. Just like those BMI charts at the human doctor’s office: One has to take into account one’s lifestyle, dietary habits, exercise patterns, stress level, etc. The same holds true for a dog. It is really true that”age is a just a number.”
A dog’s nose can actually change color in the winter months due to a condition called snow nose (or winter nose). In winter months, owners of black-nosed dogs may notice their pets’ noses turning a pinkish color, which is believed to be caused by an enzyme deficiency. Any sudden changes should be examined by a veterinarian.
The ability of dogs to detect cancer via scent receptors (“their sniffer”) is, in fact, a truth. A German research report revealed that dogs are able to find early-stage lung cancer, and countless reports have revealed that canines can sniff a cancerous growth in humans long before the growth is visible with the naked human eye.
When a dog wags its tail, it is not necessarily a sign of friendliness. Dogs wag when they are fearful, disconcerted, aroused and more. Watch its body language, such as posture and ear positioning, and always ask a dog’s owner about petting it first.
Dogs that eat grass are not necessarily sick. Some dogs may like the taste, but other theories suggest their bodies might instinctively crave nutrients that are lacking in their regular diet. My good pet industry friend, Dr. Patrick Mahaney, authored a piece on the dogs eating grass topic for PetMD.
Finding a puddle of piddle in the house may not be pleasant for humans, but dogs do not feel guilt when humans disapprove. Instead, they are reacting to the emotional response of their owner, regardless of when the accident occurred. Never spank a dog. Putting your hand(s) on a dog as a form of punishment is not only wrong but as harmful to the relationship you want with your dog. Counterproductive in fact. Here’s more on the not spanking a dog topic. Please share the no spank link with folks; it is worth the tweet and share just to save a dog from a miserable existence for being hurt.
What is a dog myth you’ve encountered? Bark at us in the comments below.