Don't Be Fooled By Common Pet Health Misconceptions!

With April Fool's Day nearly here, Petplan reminds pet parents that knowing the many myths of pet health is key to proper care.

Mar 31, 2011, 09:30 ET from Petplan

PHILADELPHIA, March 31, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- April Fool's Day encourages jokes and silliness aimed at making people laugh but more, it focuses on making people believe something that simply isn't true.  At Petplan, America's top rated pet insurer, April Fool's Day underscores the many pet health myths that loving pet parents often ask the in-house veterinary staff!  Although rooted in deep concern, many questions are so outlandish that even the most seasoned veterinarian may laugh.

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"When it come to your pet's health, there's no such thing as a stupid question, but be sure to seek out answers from a reliable source," says Dr. Jules Benson, Vice President of Veterinary Services for Petplan.  "So many pet parents hear health rumors or read things on the Internet that aren't true.  It's important to work closely with your veterinarian to ensure you receive correct answers to your pet health questions."  

Here are a few of the most common pet health myths heard by the Petplan Veterinary Staff:  

Myth: If my dog is eating grass, he/she must be sick.

  • Truth: Dogs are not obligate carnivores and occasionally, they enjoy a few blades of grass.  Yes, grass can make dogs vomit, but they generally don't eat it because they are sick.  

Myth: My cat needs milk.

  • Truth: Cats do not need milk.  While they may like to drink milk, in many cats it causes diarrhea.

Myth: My dog has a fever because his nose is warm.

  • Truth: A dog's nose is influenced by activity and climate.  A healthy dog can have a cold, wet nose or a warm, dry nose.  If your dog's nose is warm but he/she acts fine, likely all is well!  

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