There are a number of myths and uncertainties concerning pet health circulating common knowledge. Take it from the experts on pet health at Splash and Dash Groomerie & Boutique, there are a lot of silly misconceptions out there. However, some of these rumors are true. Sometimes the truth can be even more interesting than the misconception.
This article is for anyone who signed up for doggie trivia at their local bar and wants to win it all! Splash and Dash present 10 fun facts about our four-legged friends.
For all the Beatles Fans out there
It is rumored that Paul McCartney included a 15-kilocycle whistling noise, which is the same noise as a police dog whistle, on Sgt. Pepper\’s Lonely Hearts Club single \”A Day in the Life.\”
McCartney verified this later in an interview with BBC. The Beatle included the whistle as a salute to The Beach Boys\’ \”Pet Sounds\” album.
He is also is a big fan of his own Shetland Sheepdog.
Ducks are masters of their domain in the water. The birds have a water resistant coat and webbed feet, just like Newfoundland breed dogs who share the same attributes.
The Newfoundland breed is a Canadian breed that was bred to haul up fishnets and help lifeguard the inhabitants of the coast of Newfoundland.
My Heart Will Go On
Three dogs survived the sinking of the Titanic!
2 Pomeranians and 1 Pekingese who were presumably lap dogs for the aristocracy of the early 20th century because they were booked for first class cabins. There wasn’t room for Leo on the raft, but these guys maintained great pet health through the rescue.
The little guys made it!
Dogs Make Perfect Secret Agents
What does every covert operative need? Nightvision.
Most common dog breeds already have this. Inside dogs\’ eyes is a special membrane called tapetum lucidum that helps them see in the dark. Most likely a remnant of their wild ancestry when they could have possibly hunted at night.
Now, dogs just use their night vision to snuggle up with us for bedtime.
Dreams Do Come True
Dogs and humans experience slow wave sleep or SWS waves and Rapid Eye Movement during deep sleep. This is when the majority of our dreams take place.
When dogs are in this state of deep sleep the same neurological electrical activity that implies dreams for humans is also happening for dogs.
So, every time you hear your dog subtly barking and twitching their paws slightly in the night—they are indeed dreaming. A cute fact for the pet health book.
45% of dogs sleep in their owner\’s bed.
62% of U.S. households own a pet, which means 72.9 million homes have a dog or cat.
Dogs Are Color Blind
This is a pretty common pet health misconception.
The spectrum of colors that a dog can observe is much more complex than previously thought.
Dogs’ vision is not actually black and white gradients. It is theorized that dog vision is made up of greenish-yellow and various shades of gray.
A dog has about 1,700 taste buds.
Humans have around 9,000, and cats have around 473. Consider this for pet health when you\’re trying to get your senior cat to eat their kibbles.
Someone hide the cookies!
Sniff! Sniff! Sniff!
Dogs have 10,000-100,000 times more acute sense of smell than human depending on the breed.
The bloodhound is the best sniffer with 300 million scent receptors. Their whole body is built for smelling. The wrinkles in their face help trap fragrances while their low hanging ears mix up scents in the dirt.
Good luck hiding the cookies from this canine!
Woof! Woof! Woof!
Humans hear sounds best at around 2,000 Hz. Hertz or Hz is the electromagnetic radiation frequency that we measure sound pitch—the higher the Hz the higher the pitch.
This is why dogs can hear much higher pitches of sound than humans.
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