Many animal lovers spend thousands of dollars a year caring for their pets, from grooming, to routine visits, to good quality food.
But there are some things we believe about our pets that turn out to be just myths, and could be costing you money.
The pet blog Vetstreet.com, which is run by veterinarians, says pet owners waste millions of dollars buying hypoallergenic, non-shedding dogs and cats.
But vets say that's a myth: All pets shed, some just shed less than others.
It says spend some time with the animal before you commit to taking it home.
2. Baths Not Needed?
Another myth: That dogs really don't need baths.
Vetstreet says weekly baths help prevent shedding and make them smell better.
3. No Need for Pet Shampoo?
And another myth: That human shampoo is the same as more expensive pet shampoo.
Not true: Pet shampoo is formulated for their fur. Use human shampoo, and you will be heading to the vet in a few months to ask about your pet's dander, or skin rash.
And from the doesn't that stink file, one of the biggest pet myths of all:
4. Cats Clean Their Own Teeth?
That pets clean their own teeth and don't need cleaning.
Vets say by saving money by avoiding dental care you may end up saying doesn't that stink? Because treating those rotting teeth can cost you a lot more money down the road.
My advice? Listen to your vet. They know your cat or dog's needs, and know what doesn't work.
In many cases, ignoring a silly old myth will help your pet, and save you cash, so you don't waste your money.
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