NEW YORK (CBS 2) — You may think you know what’s best for Fido or Fifi, but vets say some of the most dangerous mistakes pet owners can make were also some of the most common, CBS 2HD’s Kathryn Brown reports.

“There’s a lot of myths out there that people assume,” said veterinarian Ryan Gorbutt.

One of the biggest is that milk is good for cats. In fact, Gorbutt told CBS 2HD, most cats are lactose intolerant.

“A lot of people assume that milk is OK, to leave a saucer out, and it can actually cause an irritation to the GI tract, causing them to have diarrhea and vomiting too,” he said.

Another common mistake is giving your dog a bone. Gorbutt said certain types can come apart apart, leading to serious infections, and it’s nearly impossible to tell which bones won’t break.

He recommended giving dogs Milk-Bone-type treats instead.

Overfeeding is another mistake, and one many pet owners make.

It can be nearly impossible to resist the big sweet eyes but vets said it’s really imporant for pet owners not to give in and give them extra treats that could make them sick.

Despite what you may think, tail wagging isn’t always a sign your pup is happy. Knowing their body language is critical to preventing a serious accident.

The bottom line: vets say having a pet is an enormous responsibility and it’s up to pet owners to make sure they know what’s best for theirs.

Comments (11)
  1. Amy says:

    Dogs exist. They are covered in fur, and occasionally make barking noises. They usually have tails, which may wag. Dogs also have ears!!!!!

  2. Danny says:

    Could’nt agree w you more. 1010 WINS was my homepage but not any more. Im disappointed.

  3. Bob Levine says:

    As per “oneeightsevesevenkarsforkids”‘s comments above, I too really miss the WINS website. It had real stories, and they were correctly organized for easy access. This website doesn’t even come close. What a shame.

  4. Afan says:

    FAIL. I could have written this article when I was in 3rd grade. In truth, the biggest mistake dog owners make is FAILING to train their dogs and socialize them with people. Keeping them shut up in apartments all day and not exercising them is also a bad idea. Too many psycho dogs in my building are unmanageable, can’t be controlled by their owners, and constantly bark and whine when left alone.

  5. oneeightsevesevenkarsforkids says:

    Ever since CBS combined its websites into this inanity-filled site, coupled with WINS’ becoming less straight news oriented….

  6. katk says:

    What a joke from a quack VET- milk bones are pure junk!! Raw bones are natural, healthy, great for cleaning teeth, don’t splinter, and are approved by all homeopathic vets. He is right about the milk- will give him credit for that one..
    Read Dr. Pitcairn’s Natural Health for dogs and cats if you want an eye opener!
    or check out this wonderful blog about raw bones

    1. Judy says:

      one of the bigger mistakes you can make is completely trusting a holistic vet, granted some info is important, but most of it is just too much. Some can splinter, and can lead to destructive behavior bc dog just take anything and make it into a chew toy. Even if milk bones are pure junk, i’m sure a dog would enjoy eating that just as much as we like to have some chocolate from time to time.

  7. Tasha says:

    Really? That’s the best info you could come up with? How about one of the big ones like : chocolate is TOXIC to dogs, or, alot of common houseplants are toxic to cats and dogs (poinsetta would have been a good one to mention since xmas is coming up), or don’t feed your dog a large quantity 20mins before or after excercise as their stomachs can flip which can become a life threatening emergency? Hmmm, how much am I going to get for this article? lol

  8. jumpin_j says:

    For a moment I thought I was reading The Onion.

  9. jpk says:

    How about someone write an article about all the horrible mistakes that vets make all the time!

  10. Dee says:

    Wow, this was informative. I especially love the caption under the photo: “A dog is seen on a leash. ”

    Do people get paid for this inane website? May I apply for a job, I could do this in my sleep.

    I am looking for local NEWS, people. Do you remember what that is? Sheesh.

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