Much of the life of dogs remains a mystery to us humans.
While many turn to Google to try and better understand their pets, experts urge caution when it comes to information gleaned from search engines.
The American Kennel Club’s (AKC) chief veterinarian, Dr. Jerry Klein, warns that the amount of information online “can be overwhelming or downright incorrect.”
âAlways check with your dog’s vet for anything you are unsure about. “
Below, Newsweek asks Dr Klein the most frequently searched questions on Google.
Why are dogs always hungry?
Dr Klein thinks it’s a myth that all dogs are always hungry.
He said: âThere is a saying that ‘some dogs live to eat, and other dogs eat to liveâ.
“Appetite is determined by the level of calories expended, the ingredients in food, as well as genetics.”
Is a dog’s tail a bone?
A dog’s tail is made up of several bones.
The AKC expert said: âCoccygeal vertebrae are the bones that make up a tail and a dog can have up to 13 individual coccygeal vertebrae in a tail, although the average is 20. Some do not. than six. “
Are apples good for dogs?
Apples are a great source of fiber and vitamins A and C for dogs.
Dr Klein said, âThey are also low in fat, which makes them a good snack for dogs.
“Apples should be offered in segments small enough to avoid the risk of choking, especially in small dogs.”
Is a dog’s nose supposed to be wet?
Fear not, anxious pet owners: Dogs’ noses are often naturally wet.
He said: âDogs have a strong sense of smell that they rely on to navigate the world, and wet noses work best.
âDogs’ wet noses provide some form of cooling when they are hot. However, a dry nose doesn’t always signal a problem, so assess your dog as a whole if you suspect he is sick.
Why are grapes bad for dogs?
Grapes are very bad for dogs, although the reason remains unclear, says Dr. Klein.
He said: âGrapes and raisins have been shown to be toxic to dogs and can even lead to acute and sudden kidney failure.
“Research has not yet determined exactly what causes the toxicity, but grapes should always be kept away from dogs.”
Why are dogs afraid of thunder?
Dogs can be terrified of loud noises such as thunder because their hearing is much more powerful than that of a human.
Dr Klein said: “Not all dogs are afraid of thunder, but for those who are, it’s their upper hearing that is probably the cause.”
Will coyotes attack dogs?
Unfortunately, coyote attacks on dogs do occur.
Dr Klein said: âWe think coyotes attack dogs because their habitats and food sources are shrinking.
“They tend to prey on livestock, but cats and dogs are also easy meals for them.”
Is apple cider vinegar bad for dogs?
Apple cider vinegar is commonly used in DIY cleaning solutions and is safe for pets, although some dogs prefer to avoid it.
Dr Klein said: “It is edible and non-toxic to dogs, although they may not like the smell of vinegar.”
Can Dogs Eat Strawberries?
Yes, dogs can eat strawberries.
The American Kennel Club‘s chief veterinarian said, âThe fruit is full of fiber and vitamin C, which is good for dogs.
“Strawberries also contain an enzyme that can help whiten dogs’ teeth. They contain sugar, so they should be taken in moderation.”
Can dogs get COVID?
There have been very few cases of companion dogs testing positive for COVID-19 worldwide.
Dr Klein said: “Currently, the World Health Organization believes that there is no evidence to suggest that dogs can transmit the virus.”
Are dogs color blind?
AKC expert states that although dogs are not color blind, they have fewer color-sensitive cones in their eyes than humans.
He said: âHowever, it has been discovered that although not in the same way as humans, dogs can actually see color.
âThey can see blue, greenish yellow, and yellow with various shades of gray.
“But dogs see better in the dark than we do, and their eyes adapt to the dark faster than ours.”
Are dogs allowed on trains?
Dr Klein suggests that this answer depends on the dog and the type of train in question.
He said: âSome companies allow small dogs to travel in a bag, others don’t allow them at all.
“Assistance dogs can travel anywhere with their owners. Always check with the train provider to make sure your dog can accompany you.”