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 are 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.
My puppy’s poop will worm instantly after deworming
Regardless of what many pet owners say in this respect, experts suggest that it takes around 2 to 6 hours to work for de-wormer.
Which means your puppy will mostly pass the worms after the deworming only after 2 hours. You cannot make this happen instantly.
For getting more information on this you can check the topic here: how long will my puppy poop worms after deworming
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.
Dog and cat food all taste 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 on 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.