We know that it can be difficult to keep up with the array of information that you hear about dogs. Below are 3 “myths” that we hope will provide some clarification and education.
Dogs are color blind.
This entirely depends on the way that you interpret color blindness. Most people associate color blindness with the capability of solely seeing black and white. However, there are several types of color blindness which change the way colors are perceived. Although dogs are not known to see color the way most humans do, they do not only see in black and white. Science suggests that canines see various shades of gray, yellow, violets and blues.
Chocolate is toxic for dogs.
Chocolate is a well- known “No-No” in the canine world. However, there are a few factors to consider before panicking if your pup gets ahold of some. For example, if your dog eats white chocolate, www.petful.com informs us that a 10-pound dog could eat 47 pounds of white chocolate before it reaches the toxicity level. This is because white chocolate is simply a chocolate derivative and barely contains any cocoa. Although, I would venture to say that if any of us ate 47 pounds of white chocolate, we might fall over. The amount of chocolate consumed depends entirely on the size of the dog and most importantly the type of chocolate and amount of cocoa. A typical Milk Chocolate bar only contains 11% cocoa, where a dark chocolate bar typically contains anywhere from 65%-90% cocoa. The higher the cocoa percentage, the more concerned you should be!
Your dog’s age is calculated by multiplying human years times seven.
While multiplying human years times 7 is a common calculation for a dogs age, scientists have debunked that method. The American Veterinary Medical Association says that the first year of a dog’s life is equal to 15 human years. The second year is equivalent to 9 human years. This would mean that at year 2, dogs are 24 “human years old.” They suggest that you add 5 human years for each year thereafter. Additionally, it is believed that the size of the dog is a contributing factor. Small dogs typically outlive larger breeds.
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