Medical Trivia

  • A dog’s heart beats between 70 and 120 times a minute, compared with a human heart which beats 70 to 80 times a minute.

  • Five (5) extra pounds on a dog is equal to fifty (50) extra pounds on a human.

  • A dog’s normal body temperature is 100.5 to 102.5 degrees Fahrenheit.

  • A female carries her young about 60 days before the puppies are born.

  • Puppies can't control their bladders overnight until they are at least four (4) months old.

  • An adult dog has 42 teeth.

  • Puppies acquire a full mouth of permanent teeth between four and seven months old.

  • It is a myth that dogs are color blind. They can actually see in color, just not as vividly as humans. It is akin to our vision at dusk.

  • Dogs do not have sweat glands, they reduce their body heat by panting, through their ears, paw pads, and groin. The shorter the nose the harder it is to cool themselves.

  • The world’s smartest dogs are thought to be (1) the Border Collie, (2) the Poodle, (3) the German Shepherd, and (4) the Doberman.

  • The world’s dumbest dogs are thought to be (1) the Afghan Hound, (2) the Basenji, (3) the English Bulldog, and (4) the Chow Chow.

  • Dogs can smell about 1,000 times better than humans. While humans have 5 million smell-detecting cells, dogs have more than 220 million. The part of the brain that interprets smell is also four times larger in dogs than in humans.

  • Dogs’ sense of hearing is more than ten times more acute than a human’s

  • Dogs were the first animals domesticated by people.

  • A greyhound can run as fast as 45 miles an hour.

  • Small dogs live the longest. Toy breeds live up to 16 years or more. Larger dogs average is 7 - 12 years.

  • A dog’s whiskers are touch-sensitive hairs called vibrissae. They are found on the muzzle, above the eyes and below the jaws, and can actually sense tiny changes in airflow.

  • If your notice your dog scratching its ears, it doesn't necessarily have fleas. It could have any number of issues including ear mites, yeast, etc and should be seen by your vet.

  • Many dogs are mildly allergic to perfumed scented shampoos. Consider using a mild oatmeal based shampoo when bathing your dog or you may end up with an itchy pup!

  • If you notice your dog having an unusually foul odor, don’t assume he or she is not clean. She may have an ear or skin infection. The smell of infection is somewhat comparable to vomit and mildew.

  • Some dogs need their anal glands expressed or else you may witness a "scooting" behavior where they rub their behinds on the ground. This is a simple procedure that can be done by most groomers or at your veterinarians.

  • Dogs with deep wrinkles, such as English Bulldogs and Shar-pei, need to be washed daily. Dirt can build up leading to odor or infection.

  • The average dog's mouth exerts 150 to 200 pounds of pressure per square inch. Some dogs can apply up to 450 pounds.

  • A one-year-old dog is physically as mature as a 15 year-old human.

  • Dogs are omnivorous. They need more than just meat to flourish.

  • It has been established that people who own pets live longer, have less stress, and have fewer heart attacks.

  • The densest part of a dog, muscle and tissue, is the neck. It can be compared to the buttocks of a human for tissue density.



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