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Industry experts expect Americans to spend more than $55 billion on their
pets in 2013. $14 billion of that will go towards vet care and pet
Our pets make us happy, and it's our job to keep them healthy. But while we
want the best for our furry family members, believing tall tales could hurt
Something we've all heard: A wet nose is good. Not true. A dry nose without
any other symptoms might just be a sign that your house is just too dry.
Another myth: adding garlic to your dog's diet helps prevent fleas and
ticks. The truth is garlic does little to prevent the pests, but chemicals in
it can cause an increased heart rate, even anemia.
Veterinary doctor Brenda Stevens said use flea and tick meds to protect your
pets. Make sure you apply topicals directly to the skin— on the back of the
"If your dog does a lot of swimming and you're bathing your dog
frequently, then a topical may not be most efficient for you, so something oral
might work a little better," North Carolina State University College of
Veterinary Medicine, Doctor Brenda J. Stevens, DVM, told Ivanhoe.
And beware of flea and tick meds with pyrethroids. A study found the
chemical was responsible for at least 1,600 pet deaths over a five year period.
As for pets' pearly whites, many believe dogs naturally brush their teeth,
but they're wrong. Doctor Stevens said it's important to manually brush your
dog's teeth at least a couple of times a week with pet toothpaste, not your
When it comes to bath time, Doctor Stevens said most dogs should only be
bathed once every few months. Doing it more can dry out the natural Submitoils
in their fur and cause skin irritation. She said between baths you should brush
as much as possible to prevent odor and excess shedding. Brushing daily can
also help stop fleas and ticks before they become a problem. It takes a tick 24
hours to transmit disease to a dog.
What about locating a missing pet?
One manufacturer said 10,000 pets are reunited with their families every
month because of microchips, but the Internet is full of claims that they can also
cause cancer in our animals. There haven't been any large scale studies done on
that claim, but of the millions of pets with microchips, only a small number of
tumors have been reported.