Warning: cats may not always land on their feet. While pet care generally seems cut and dry – walk them, feed them, clean them, love them – certain myths may create a situation in which pet owners unknowingly compromise the health or happiness of their furry friends. Recognizing fallacies in the conventional wisdom of pet ownership, one veterinarian aimed to set the record straight.
"While some myths are harmless, others can be dangerous if pet owners believe them and act on them," said Mark Nunez, a California veterinarian and president of the California Veterinary Medical Association.
He added, "That’s why it’s important to check with your veterinarian to find out if a commonly held belief is really true."
For instance, while many believe a cat’s purring to be evidence of its satisfaction, it could also denote that the pet is nervous, distressed, sick or injured, according to Nunez.
In addition, an owner who subscribes to the belief that bad breath in dogs is an inevitable pitfall to being an animal lover may be ignoring, unwittingly, serious health problems such as periodontal disease.
Should an illness rear its ugly head, veterinary insurance is an option for owners to protect pet health and the family’s economic wellbeing, according to the North American Pet Health Insurance Association.