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Myths about dog wellness, debunked

Colleen Kilday on

Published in Cats & Dogs News

A healthy pup means a happy companion for years to come, but it isn't always clear what guidance to follow regarding canine health. Even the widely held belief that dogs see in black and white has been disproven: They, in fact, see in a range of blue and yellow. Other things, like tail docking, evolved from the Roman times with the intent to protect dogs from disease and injury, but in the modern world, thepractice is considered mutilation without an underlying medical necessity in locales including the U.K., Australia, and two U.S. states.

Other assertions can take on a life of their own despite lacking a factual basis. For example, grain-free dog food represented about 44% of the North American pet food market in 2020, yet gluten intolerance is extremely rare in dogs, and grains are, in fact, highly nutritious and beneficial for their diets.

In any case, a dog's veterinarian who knows its history is its best resource for guidance regarding its health, as the best strategies for canine wellness are highly variable depending on its breed, age, and unique needs. For less urgent information, consult articles citing reputable sources such as veterinary organizations or peer-reviewed studies.


To discern more fact from fiction in dog wellness, Ollie (Inc), a fresh dog food brand, debunked five common myths using research studies and news articles from the American Kennel Club and the American Animal Hospital Association.

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