(WXYZ) - If you have a dog or cat, you've probably heard a million different pieces of advice on how to care for it.
Does it need expensive dental checkups, grooming and baths? Or is some of that unnecessary?
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.
There are many things we hear about our pets, but what's fact and what's myth? The pet blog vetstreet.com , which is run by veterinarians, listed some annoying pet grooming myths. Among them, hypoallergenic, or non-shedding dogs are the ideal solution for allergic owners.
But vets say that's a myth: all pets shed, some just shed less than others and while some breeds are better suited to those who suffer allergies, no breed of dog or cat is guaranteed to offer you an allergy-free home. It says spend some time, hours with the animal, before you commit to taking it home.
Another myth: that dogs really don't need baths.
Vetstreet says weekly baths help prevent shedding and make them smell better.
And how about this one...that human shampoo is the same as more expensive pet shampoo. Not true: pet shampoo is formulated for their fur.
And finally...there's the myth that pets clean their own teeth and don't need cleaning.
Vets say by saving money by avoiding dental care, you may end up spending more in the long run as you treat those rotting teeth.