There are many myths that float around about dogs, one of the biggest being about the way dog's age in comparison to humans. It has been noted that for every year a dog is alive, it equivalents to 7 human years. This is inaccurate! It is true that dogs age much faster than humans, but the rate in which they age is dependant on their size. Small dogs (<20 pounds) age the slowest and large dogs (>90 pounds) age the quickest.
Every dog is considered a senior by the age of 7-8 years old, but the difference in human years between a small and large or giant breed is significant. Therefore a giant breeds life-span is said to be much shorter than one of a small breed.
Below you can see the comparison between small, medium, large and giant breeds aging vs humans.
As we move closer to chocolate infested holidays - you know, Halloween and Christmas - it's super crucial to think about hiding places for your chocolatey treats. Most dogs will take any opportunity the eat something sweet if they can access it, so you need to ensure that everyone in the household understands just how bad chocolate is for our furry friends. Chocolate Toxicity is not a myth - it is a certain recipe for severe consequences.
|Common Household Items||Serving||Theobrominea||Caffeinea|
|Ice Cream Rich Chocolate||1 cup ( 148g)||178mg||5.9mg|
|Peanut M&M's||1 cup (170g)||184mg||17mg|
|Ready to Eat Chocolate Pudding||4 oz (108g)||75.6mg||2.2mg|
|Hershey's Milk Chocolate Bar||1.55 oz (43g)||64mg||9mg|
|Hershey's Chocolate Syrup||2 Tbsp (39g)||64mg||5mg|
|Hershey's KISSES (Milk Chocolate)||9 pieces (41g)||61mg||9mg|
|Hershey's Semi-Sweet Baking Bar||1 Tbsp (15g)||55mg||7mg|
|Cookies, brownies, commercially prepared||1 Square (2 –3/4” sq x 7/8") (56g)||43.7mg||1.1mg|
|KIT KAT Wafer Bar||1 bar (42g)||48.7mg||5.9mg|
|REESE'S Peanut Butter Cups (2pk)||2 cups (45g)||32.4mg||3.2mg|
|Doughnut, cake-type, chocolate, sugared or glazed||1 Doughnut (3' dia) (43g)||12.6mg||0.6mg|
|Chocolate Chip Cookies , made with margarine||1 Cookie Med (2 1/4" dia) (16g)||20.3mg||2.6mg|
|Milky Way||1 bar (58g)||37.1 mg||3.5mg|
|Generic Hot Fudge Sundae Topping||1 Sundae (158g)||77.4mg||1.6mg|
|REESE'S PIECES Candy||1 package (46g)||0mg||0mg|
|Cocoa, dry powder, unsweetened, processed with alkali [Dutch cocoa]||1 cup (86g)||2266 mg||67.1mg|
|Baking chocolate, unsweetened, squares||1 cup, grated (132g)||1712 mg||106mg|
|Cocoa, dry powder, unsweetened||1 cup (86g)||1769 mg||198mg|
|Baking chocolate, unsweetened, liquid||1 oz (28g)||447 mg||13.2mg|
|Puddings, chocolate flavor, low calorie, regular, dry mix||1 Package (40g)||238 mg||7.2mg|
|Desserts, rennin, chocolate, dry mix||1 Package, 2 oz (57g)||242 mg||7.4mg|
|Puddings, chocolate flavor, low calorie, instant, dry mix||1 Package, 1.4oz box (40g)||189 mg||5.6mg|
|Syrups, chocolate, HERSHEY'S Genuine Chocolate Flavored Lite Syrup||2 tbsp (35g)||68.3 mg||2.1mg|
|Cocoa, dry powder, hi-fat or breakfast, processed with alkali||1 oz (28g)||685 mg||20.2mg|
|Candies, chocolate, dark, 70-85% cacao solids||I bar (101g)||810 mg||80.8mg|
|Cocoa, dry powder, hi-fat or breakfast, plain||1 Tbsp (5g)||92.6 mg||10.3mg|
Owning a dog is a long-term commitment, regardless of the size, shape, and temperament. It is no secret that their everlasting companionship and unconditional love is well worth the sacrifices you make, BUT are you ready for those sacrifices - that responsibility? Not everybody is, despite the idea of having a furry friend to cuddle with.
The responsibility of meeting a dog’s needs can be overwhelming, but making sure that you pick the correct breed for your lifestyle can help ensure both your pup and you will lead a happy life. A few important questions must be considered to make an educated decision for your lifestyle:
Once you have answered all of these questions, look into breeds that are the closest match to your answers. Doing your research before bringing a new furry friend into your home will ensure you and your new pup will live a happy life together.
Source (Image): Canine Kids
Many people still believe that dogs are colorblind, only seeing black and white. This is a very popular misconception that even the most devoted dog lovers believe. Dogs are limited in their spectrum of colours if we compare it to human vision, but they do see some colour!
Dogs' eyes contain two kinds of cones, while humans have 3. Cones are photoreceptor cells in the retina of the eye - essentially, they enable pups to distinguish blue from yellow, but not red from green. This is also the most common variation of colour blindness found in humans - and this is simply because they lack the third kind of cone that is in the eyes of humans who can see normally.
The neurons inside a dogs' eye are very active in response to the colour yellow, or shades similar. That activity slows down when blue light hits the cones. Red and green light have a neutral effect on these neurons, so they don't perceive any colour in response to red and green light. In place of these colours, dogs see shades of grey.
Since red objects tend to be darker than green ones, dogs typically use this sense to determine the difference between these two colours.
This is just one of many reasons why our furry friends are so unique!