The internet is a very useful tool. It can answer tons of questions within a few seconds. Asfurparents,we often have a lot of questions regarding our pets - especially when it comes dog’s health and behavior.
While it is highly recommended that pet owners immediately call their veterinarian should they have any questions regarding their pet’s health and behavior, most of the time, we resort to Google first. For instance, you might find your dog doing something unusual like watching television. So you go power up your computer and look for the possible reasons why your dog do that.
Just as the year ended, Google shared the top 5 most-searched dog questions of 2016 - some of it are not what you expect. Check them out below.
- “How long are dogs pregnant?” - oh, the million-dollar question. For those first-time pet owners, this is one of the most-asked question. Should you find your dog pregnant, go ahead and confide with your veterinarian about it. The answer to this question is more perplex than what others might think. The general rule of thumb is that the average dog gives birth approximately 58-68 days from conception.
- “Was Goofy a dog?” - this was actually ranked #2 on Google’s “Top 5 Most-Googled dog questions”. It might come as a surprise, but people actually searched for the answer. Goofy is a cartoon character first introduced in 1932 on “Mickey’s Revenue” in which he was known as Dippy Dawg. And yes, Goofy is indeed a dog.
- “Why does my dog lick me?” - there could be tons of answers for this question. Most of the time, dogs lick their owners to show their affection. Hence, doggy kisses. There are different behavioral and medical reasons as to why dogs lick their owners. Most of the time, it is nothing to be concerned about.
- “How can you tell how old a dog is” - most pet owners are curious about their dog’s age. It is an important detail in our dog’s lives, and one that we should know of. Veterinarians can often tell you how old your dog is.
- “What happens when a dog eats chocolate?” - it is a widely known fact that chocolate is poisonous for dogs. This is due to the fact that chocolate contains stimulants known as Methylxanthines, Theobromine and Caffeine. These chemicals are bad for your dog’s metabolic processes which leads to chocolate toxicity. When your dog ingest a certain amount of chocolate and experiences chocolate toxicity, you can check for these symptoms.
- Abnormal heart rhythms
- Muscle rigidity
- Low blood pressure
These are not the only symptoms of chocolate toxicity. Most of the time, it varies from
One dog to another. It is important to consult with your vet in these cases.
That’s it for this list! Do you have any more questions about dogs that you need some help with? Comment them down below!