If you have a pet, you’ve likely heard a lot of differing advice about taking care of your pet. Based on old wives’ tales and rumors, some bad pet advice is pure misinformation and some is just crazy. Here is some of the worst pet care advice we’ve ever heard, debunked:
Letting a dog lick his wound is the best way to keep it clean.
This is a tricky one. Dog saliva does have properties that soothe pain and can speed up recovery; however, it also contains bacteria that can be harmful and lead to infection. You need to clean and dress a wound on any animal in order to ensure proper healing. Very large or deep wounds, it is best to take your dog to the veterinarian for treatment.
Getting your male dog or cat neutered will make him less manly.
Masculinity is a human trait that we project on our pets. While neutering can affect your dog’s behavior for the better by ameliorating negative behaviors such as excessive aggression and territorialism, it does not in any way affect your pet’s personality. Your pet will be just as tough or sweet as it always was.
It’s a waste of money to spay or neuter an indoor cat.
Whoever said this must not have spent time with a cat in heat, or a mature male cat who hasn’t been neutered. The sexual drive in cats is overwhelming and leads to very erratic behavior as well as attempted or successful escapes from your home in order to find a mate.
All veterinary care is the same, so look for the cheapest vet you can find.
Veterinary care for your pet is just like health care for yourself. You are not just paying for services, you are paying expertise, attention, and personalized care. It is okay to consider your budget in making decisions, but health care is not the place to sacrifice quality to save a buck.
Dog and cat food all tastes the same, so it doesn’t matter which one you buy—might as well save some money.
Just because your dog will eat poop or an entire pizza doesn’t mean you should feed it to her. Your pet’s health depends upon proper nutrition. While it’s tempting to save money by buying the cheapest dog or cat food you can buy, feeding your dog artificial ingredients, filler grains and meat byproducts will negatively affect your pet’s health and likely cost you more in medical bills in the long run. Investing in a healthy diet is investing in your pet’s overall, lifelong health.
All of the above and more bad advice about pet care is floating around in the world. The best way to find out what’s true and what isn’t is to ask a quality, local veterinarian.