Heather Ridge Pet Hospital

5901 S. Remington Place Suite 100
Sioux Falls, SD 57108

(605)371-1600

heatherridgepet.com

quality veterinary careYou furry friend is a member of your family from the moment you bring them home. That's why it is so important to invest in quality veterinary care to ensure the livelihood of your pets. However, it is equally important to practice safe pet care during their everyday lives.

So in order to keep your pets safe and healthy, here are some common pet care myths debunked once and for all.

Myth: Human food won't hurt.

Fact: Your pets thrive on a high fat diet chocked full with carbohydrates and protein, and human food does not fit in this plan. Plus, some human foods can cause severe intestinal damage to your pets, including grapes, avocados, onions and garlic.

Myth: Your puppy needs more exercise than a fully-grown dog because of all their energy.

Fact: This is actually the opposite, as you can potentially damage your puppy's joints by over-exercising him or her. This can cause early arthritis, which can lead to difficulties walking and running. A good rule of thumb to follow is to give them five minutes of exercise for every month of their age, every day, until the puppy is fully grown.

Myth: Cats need milk.

Fact: Prior to contrary belief, cats -- and dogs! -- cannot break down the lactose found in many dairy products. Consuming it can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and other intestinal issues. Instead, invest in a cat water fountain, as cats are naturally drawn to moving water. Despite what you've seen on TV or in the movies, giving your kitty store-bought white milk in a little saucer can cause serious stomach problems!Myth: If your dog's nose is hot, then they must be sick.

Fact: Untrue, as they could have just been in the sun for too long. If you want to check for a fever, feel the dog's head with your hand, and if it is scorching hot make sure to head to a full service companion animal hospital for quality veterinary care. Even if you are just worried that your pet is acting odd, a veterinary technician can correctly diagnose any ailments they may have.

Myth: Your pet does not need regular grooming.

Fact: It is important to invest in pet grooming in order to keep the fleas at bay. Groomers will also maintain the health of your animal's coat, clean their ears, check their eyes, and clip their nails to make walking easier. Plus regular cleaning will make your pet feel brand new!

Your pet is relying on you to keep them happy and healthy. Make sure to understand these myths to keep them smiling from ear to ear!