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Jenna Stregowski, RVT

The Biggest Dog Myths Debunked

By July 13, 2011

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Closeup of a Dog's Nose

Just recently, my dog Chloe and I were visiting some friends, two of whom were small children. While Chloe was resting, the seven-year old child was petting her head. She touched her on the nose then asked me if Chloe was sick because her nose was dry and warm. Of course I told her no, that this is a myth and my dog was just resting and her nose was normal. I cannot tell you how much it floors me that a myth like this has persisted so well that a young child has already heard it. And that's not the only one. What about the tall tale that a dog's mouth is cleaner than a human's mouth? I remember that one as a child. Knowing what I know today, I can hardly understand how people ever believed that one!

So, I set out to gather the most common dog myths and misconceptions and give the real facts. Most of you seasoned dog owners have heard all of these whoppers and know they are not true, but these are some things the novice dog owners need to know. What's the tallest tale about dogs you have ever heard?

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