1 ) Declawing a cat is an easy and safe procedure.

False: When a cat is declawed the vet actually is amputating the last bone on each toe of the cat.  This would be like having everyone of your fingers cut at the first knuckle.  This is far from a safe and acceptable procedure and should be avoided at all costs!

2 ) One dog year is equal to 7 human years.

False: All dogs age differently and have different life spans based on size and breed.  Small breeds tend to live many more years than their larger breed cousins.  You can use our dog age calculator to get a general idea of the age of your dog.

3 ) Spaying and neutering causes obesity in dogs and cats.

False: Dogs and cats that have been spayed or neutered do burn a few less calories, but this should be corrected with a correct feeding schedule.  

4 ) Pet rats carry many infectious diseases harmful to humans.

False: Pet rats can cause rat bite fever, which is very similar to cat scratch fever, but is very rare.  The most common way for people to contract rat-bite fever is by being bitten or scratched by either a wild or domestic rat, or being scratched by an item exposed to rats, such as a cage.  In most cases the infection goes away on its own within 2 weeks.

5 ) Fish only have the ability to remember for around 7 seconds.

False: Fish can remember far longer than that.  Usually they remember based on repetition.  When the owner of a tank walks up why do the fish go crazy and come swimming to the front of the tank?  They recognize this person as being the chow wagon!  Fish learn from their actions and have feelings of fear when endangered.

6 ) Cats should drink milk.

False: While most cats like milk, it is not necessarily good for them.  In fact, most cats are lactose intolerant and milk can cause diarrhea.  As with any other pet, cats should have a well balanced diet to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

7 ) If a dog eats feces he has worms.

False: Many dogs will eat their own feces, or another dog’s feces.  While this is a disgusting habit and can cause internal parasites, it is not an indication of worms.  Some dogs eat feces an attention plea.  Others learn it from other dogs.  Mother dogs with pups will eat feces of her pups to keep the area clean and keep predators from finding their den due to the smell of the puppy feces.

8 ) Cedar and pine bedding is perfect for small animals such as hamsters, mice and rats.

False: While cedar and pine beddings smell good to us humans, they are actually very dangerous litters for small animals.  These litters sold in bulk in most pet stores emit a phenol that is a toxin to small animals.  This same phenol is the “fresh” scent that we like, but is also a major contributor to illness and death in small animals.  Recycled paper beddings such as CareFresh or Yesterday’s News are healthy alternatives, as well as Aspen based litters.

9 ) Only turtles carry salmonella.

False: All reptiles carry salmonella.  Reptiles carry and shed salmonella through their feces.  To prevent the spread of salmonella from a pet reptile be sure to thoroughly wash your hands after handling the reptile or anything within the cage.

10 ) You must hand feed a baby parrot if you ever want it to bond with you.

False: A well socialized parrot will learn to bond with and trust anyone that handles it appropriately.  Hand feeding birds, if done incorrectly, can lead to many health issues in birds such as crop burn, bacterial infection, malnutrition and even death.