We buy or adopt dogs because they are great companions, protectors, and friends. But not everyone goes into dog ownership with the knowledge about what their pet really needs to thrive. In exchange for your pet’s unconditional love, perhaps it’s time you learned a little more about your best friend.
Here are five things you may not know about your dog:
1. Your dog’s unique imprint is on its nose. Much like a human fingerprint, a dog’s noseprint is what sets him apart from all the other canines in the world. It is their own unique signature, and no two dog’s noses will be alike.
2. Your dog may not actually be afraid of thunder. Most people assume that when a dog goes nuts during a thunderstorm (or on 4th of July, for that matter), it is because they are afraid of the noise. This may not be the case. Most of the time it is not fear, but pain. The frequency at which the thunder rolls may be causing intense pain for our more sound-sensitive friends.
3. There are foods your dog shouldn’t eat, besides chocolate. Many dog owners have heard that chocolate can be toxic to their pets due to a chemical called theobromine – it can even be fatal. However, there are other toxic foods dogs shouldn’t eat that are much less talked about, like: onions and garlic, which may cause anemia; avocado, because the persin in avocado is toxic in larger doses; grapes and raisins, which may cause kidney failure; and leftover excess fat from your meat and chicken, because ingesting too much fat (the fat you didn’t want to eat) can cause pancreatitis. Of course, you should never feed your dog alcohol either, because they may pass out and never wake up.
4. Your dog doesn’t really want to be treated like a child. Your dog is a pack animal and needs an alpha leader, but that doesn’t mean that it wants to be carried in a purse or be given love and affection like a baby. Your dog needs structure, exercise, and discipline to keep it happy – the affection is necessary, but it comes last.
5. There is health insurance available for your dog. While you may take your dog in for regular checkups, there may be a time when they need a little more attention than just routine care. They may get an infection in their paw, end up with cancer, have hormone problems, accidentally ingest poison, get hit by a car, or suffer through just about anything else you can think of. But, just like humans, dogs can have health insurance, too. Health insurance is fairly reasonable for dogs, ranging anywhere from $15-$30 per month. If you really love Fido, it may be worth it to have insurance, just in case.