Another year, another wealth of dog knowledge absorbed from the Googlesphere. Whether you’ve GOT to know why your dog’s poop is that weird green color, or why she suddenly finds the taste of her feet so irresistible, you know where to go.
As we kick-start the zoomies into 2017, here is the Google year in dog search revealed!
1. How long are dogs pregnant?
Google told me this one before I even hit Enter. 58-68 days—that’s roughly 2 months of weak-in-the-knees puppy anticipation.
2. Was Goofy a dog?
Your confusion is valid. Disney’s Goofy character looks like a lot of things, and many people wonder if he’s really a cow. As it happens, Goofy is a dog. Who owns a house. Pluto got the short end of the stick here.
3. Why does my dog lick me?
Perhaps you stood too close to the pan while cooking bacon this morning, or your pup knows you’ll give him a kiss back when he does it. Google tells us dogs lick for a lot of reasons, some with behavioral or medical explanations. If you’re concerned, reach out to your vet or behaviorist for advice!
4. How can you tell how old a dog is?
It’s not as easy as trees let you believe—you can’t just count the rings. But, most sources agree that you can look at their teeth! For puppies, it’s easier: their baby teeth typically grow in and fall out at a certain age, but for adults dogs you can look at the wear. The color, amount of tartar buildup, and even tooth loss can help determine a dog’s general age.
5. What happens when a dog eats chocolate?
We all know chocolate is a no-no for dogs, but why? The toxicity levels in chocolate increase the darker it gets, namely because of a chemical called theobromine, which is related to caffeine. Too much of it can increase your dog’s heart rate considerably, and cause vomiting, diarrhea, seizures, or even death if left untreated. If you think your dog got into your leftover Halloween stash, contact your vet ASAP!
6. How do you get rid of skunk smell on a dog?
This one is probably Googled with some haste… There are a number of de-skunking products which claim to rid your curious beast of the odor, but if that doesn’t work, The Humane Society has a recipe you can easily make at home. (It actually works!) Combine 1 quart of 3% hydrogen peroxide, 1/4 cup of baking soda, 1 teaspoon of dish soap, and start scrubbin’! Violà!
7. How do you stop a dog from barking?
They make great security systems, but sometimes you just need a moment of quiet. The one thing you shouldn’t do is yell at your dog to stop barking—to him, that’s encouraging. If he’s barking at someone passing outside, try blocking his view out the window, or introduce him to the stimulus gradually to reduce the excitement (with permission!) That’s worked for me! In many cases, a tired dog is a happy dog. Go for a walk, get some exercise, and shed that noisy excess energy.
8. Can you put Neosporin on a dog?
Applying a little Neosporin to a minor cut or scrape on your pup is okay, but keep in mind that dogs will lick their wounds. If Gizmo licks off all that anti-bacterial goodness, what’s the point? There’s no need to freak out if this happens—dogs heal faster than us on their own, and applying it may not even be necessary. Do not, however, apply Neosporin to a deep or open wound. Call your vet immediately to get proper treatment for your pup.
9. How do I get rid of fleas on my dog?
Fall and winter bring more tiny, freeloading hitchhikers into your home than we’d like to admit, but there are plenty of remedies. First up is a bath before any flea treatment, followed by either a chemical or natural option. Pills and spot treatments each work to kill fleas and stop them from reproducing, and the former can take effect in as little as 30 minutes. If you go the au naturale route, a thorough soak with a good flea shampoo should do the trick.
10. How much Benadryl can I give my dog?
Those annoying itches and allergies are the WORST! Lots of veterinarian-prescribed antihistamines come with side effects, but offering some Benadryl to a pup in distress is simple & stress-free when you know the correct dosage. The standard is 1mg per pound of body weight, so a 25-pound pup would get the average 25mg tablet.
For smaller dogs, just break the tabs into halves or quarters; the same dose is usually okay to give 2-3 times a day, but consult with your vet to confirm just what’s best for them! (P.S. if peanut butter or deli meat doesn’t work, cream cheese is just magical for hiding pills.)
Here’s to all the new stuff we’re about to learn in 2017!