We all want what’s best for our furry friends. But what if, by trying our best, we may unintentionally do more harm than good? Think of all the overpriced and delicious-looking snacks you get for your bamboozler at a local pet store, the sea of pet toys you shower them with just because you love ‘em to the moon and back... and you wonder what’s up with your bank balance!

But one vet is debunking common myths and sharing some real useful pet tips, from things to get them at a pet store to things we feed them that are actually very toxic.

Meet Dr. Hunter Finn, TikTok’s beloved veterinarian, who has set out on a mission to educate owners on pet care and “strengthening the human + animal bond.” And with a whopping 1.9M followers and a total of 39.5M likes, it seems like Hunter is doing a terrific job.

More info: TikTok | Instagram | Youtube | DrHunterFinn.com

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1. Shows you their tummy
2. Gently bites/nibbles you
3. Slowly stares and blinks at you

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Juliet Hadaway
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2 months ago

one cat loves me the other hates me then

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"Don't make them fat. "

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A B C
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2 months ago

If this is a "lesser known" fact, we seriously need a pet license. It's amazing how stupid people can be.

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"It shortens their life. They rely on you"

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Rage Racer
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2 months ago

Shortens peoples lives too!

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With so many fun, colorful and tasty-looking things sold in the pet stores, it’s easy to get lost. Do you really need a bunch of overpriced organic dry foods for your furry friend, or yet another chewy bone to add to your pupper’s collection? Well, the experts say you may be better off without some of them.

So to find what to snatch and what to pass on in pet stores for the safety of our beloved four-legged friends, Bored Panda talked to Molly DeVoss, a certified feline training and behavior specialist who runs Cat Behavior Solutions agency.

“I do not recommend buying a covered litter box—especially in a multi-cat household. Cats worry that they’ll be ambushed when coming out of a covered box,” Molly said and continued: “In the wild, a cat will choose to urinate/defecate in wide open spaces so they can see potential predators coming.” Turns out, covered litter boxes are often a cause for avoidance issues.

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Sheila McEnany Markowitz
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2 months ago

My cat loves cool, wet cloths draped on him in very hot weather. He walks around wearing it like his superhero cape.

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"Doesn't it always mean they are sick or have a nutritional deficiency? If they eat too much grass it can cause them to vomit yes. But the truth is they probably just enjoy it."

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Bow, I’m a Slytherclaw
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2 months ago

Our old cat used to go outside, eat some grass, then come in and puke on the living room floor.

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"My whole life's been a lie because that's the most perfect pill pocket I've ever seen"

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Missy Moo Moo
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2 months ago

British bulldog owner here - she seriously LOVES strawberries! I could hide a brick in a strawberry and she would eat the brick too

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Among other things that Molly would suggest avoiding is buying a box that’s too small. “As a rule of thumb, the box needs to be at least 1.5 times the length of your cat (measured from tip of nose to base of tail),” she explained.

Moreover, the feline behavior expert would also avoid buying dry food for cats “because it does not provide adequate hydration. The worst brand of wet food is far better for your cat than the highest quality dry food. Yes, dry food is convenient for you, but it is not what your feline species needs to maintain optimal health.”

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"The plants are extremely toxic and can cause kidney failure. Even the pollen or water from the vase can be toxic"

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A B C
Community Member
2 months ago

If you have any pet, check ALL your plants for toxicity. Here's a good place to start: https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control/toxic-and-non-toxic-plants

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"Alcohol, onions, chocolate, Macadamia nuts, grapes"

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Victor Botha
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2 months ago

Avocado is very toxic to parrots

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1. Recognizes your name when talked about
2. Guarding you or looking the other way while you eat
3. Prolonged staring at you

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Yettichild
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2 months ago

With medium to large dogs, you can easily tell by the number of things your dog breaks wagging their tail.

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And when it comes to cat toys, Molly said it is a lot like buying toys for children; “you want to avoid small parts and pieces that can break off or be chewed off and swallowed. Ingesting toys can create serious intestinal issues and blockages in cats.”

According to her, wand toys are the best choice for your cat; interactive play simulates the hunting sequence and burns off pent-up energy. “Be sure to put the wand toy away—out of reach to the cat—when you’re not using it,” she reminded all the cat owners.

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1 year old dog= 31 year old human
2 years=49

What about 7 year old dog? 62

Aging slows down. 8 year old= 64

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Missy Moo Moo
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2 months ago

Then why do they behave like idiots until they are 3?? At least!

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Make sure there is no xylitol and its super high in calories so MODERATION or else they gonna get chonky

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S
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2 months ago

I love the word chonky

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"We don't know the exact toxin in the grapes and some dogs will be fine while others go into kidney failure"

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Iggy
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2 months ago

Right, they're getting left in the shop along with the lilies.

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We also talked to Salman Haqqi, a pet insurance expert at Money.co.uk who said that when picking the right toy for your dog, you should consider “the size of your dog, how active they are, their breed and age." Moreover, "Toys that are too small can get lodged in your dog's throat or be easily swallowed so it’s best to buy the appropriate size for your breed.”

And when it comes to many dogs' favorite squeaky toys, the Money.co.uk animal experts warn that the canine “may want to track down and demolish the noise, which could be ingested if left unattended, so just keep an eye on your pooch to make sure they aren't eating anything they shouldn't be.”

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"Yes, they like the exaggerated, high pitched tone. But only when using dog relevant words like 'walk' or 'play'"

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Lynn Donovan
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2 months ago

We do sound stupid when we walk our puppy. "Yaaaaay!" "Good boooy!". But we don't care! We love how excited he gets.

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"Pig ears. Very fatty. Can contribute to obesity, vomiting and diarrhea. Higher chance of bacterial overgrowth"

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kjorn
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2 months ago

diarrhea... i confirm... oh you mean for the dog?

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Jean Shultz
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2 months ago

I bought my pupper a deer antler, does that mean it is actually not good for them to chew on??? So what is another alternative for them to chew without it being destroyed after 5 minutes?

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“Be careful with rawhide dog chews as they may pose choking hazards, it's always important to check with your vet about the most safe and appropriate toys. We’d recommend Kongs and fun treat dispensers that keep your pet entertained for long periods of time.”

If you’re thinking of getting your pet some chews, you should make sure there is nothing sharp or hard that could damage pets' teeth or cause injury, “anything that could splinter or be a choking hazard.”

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1. Picking fights with housemates.
2. Peeing outside the litterbox
3. Tearing up furniture
4. Overgrooming
5. Sleeping more
6. Overeating

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crazy_cat_notAlady
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2 months ago

in that case...my cats were born bored. assholes. (but I love them)

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"They are smelling secretions from anal sacs. These glands produce a unique odor to that animal. It gives them instant information and helps them determine how to act"

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A.J Milne
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2 months ago

This would be weird in the human world

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"Bones (Raw or processed) and Hooves. These WILL wear/break your dogs teeth and possibly cause gastrointestinal problems. Remember this: if you can't make any indention with your fingernail or hit it against your knee comfortably, then it's hard for your dog to chew"

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Foxxy (The Original)
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2 months ago

I don't know what to believe. Some vets say raw bones are good for dogs, especially with keeping their teeth clean and now this vet says no to raw bones.

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The next year=about 10 years
Then every year = about 7 years after that

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crazy_cat_notAlady
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2 months ago (edited)

I'm living with the equivalent of a 65-year old man with a "mid-life" crisis. my cat's human persona would b a grey-haired man, with a small paunch, who lounges around in his boxers, yells at his neighbors for mowing their lawn on Saturday afternoons. Drinks beer after lunch while judging millennial kids and dreaming about buying a boat. (pisses in the garden despite having 5 toilets in the house) yup. that explains it.

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1.Remove the stinger (don't use tweezers)
2. Apply baking soda/water paste and ice the area
3. Call your vet

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Janine B.
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2 months ago

Yeah, try number 2 with a cat. 😂 4. Call the ambulance.

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"These won't always cause problems, but if shredded, ingested and unable to be passed can become life threatening"

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Lynn Donovan
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2 months ago

My dog loves a good tugging war but I always put the rope away when we're done. I do this with a good majority of his toys (he can keep his plushies and one chewing bone) so he never gets tired of them and it's safer this way (I'm home with him all day so we play multiple times a day).

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1.Hyperactive at times
2. Always hungry
3. Drinks a lot of water
4. Losing weight

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Mazer
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2 months ago

Drinking lots of water can be a sign of issues with kidneys

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1.Establish one primary veterinarian
2. If you're concerned, don't wait
3. Invest in pet insurance

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Foxxy (The Original)
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2 months ago

Disagree with the pet insurance. Even Choice Australia doesn't recommend pet insurance coz there is just too many catches, restrictions and fine print. Better to save a few dollars a week in a separate account or money box.

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"Meat is the #1 ingredient means it must be the best right? Meat is generally about 70% water. So maybe it should say "water is the first ingredient". Don't base your choice off of this one marketing tactic"

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

Grain free is also a marketing tactic coz dogs need some grains in their diet unless medically exempt. And vegan cat food should be illegal since they are obligate carnivores and can't thrive and survive without meat in their diet.

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"Wet noses help their sense of smell and help cool them down"

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Scagsy
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2 months ago

And a boop ain't a boop without a cold, wet nose.

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Yettichild
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2 months ago

If you value your sense of smell/sanity, never feed a dog jasmine rice. We had to evacuate the house her farts were so bad.

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"All dog feet smell... some more than others. Mainly due to microbes like yeast and bacteria. If the odor is getting stronger or your dog is licking/chewing a lot go see you vet"

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Kharyss
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2 months ago

Toasty toes here!

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At least once every 3 days. Make sure to get those back molars especially as they chew with those most often

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Yettichild
Community Member
2 months ago

I can't brush my cat's teeth. He won't let me. But, I did feed him oral care food plus feline greenies up until recently (had to change him to Rx food for kidneys) and my vet is always floored by his teeth. He is 14 now and has never once needed a cleaning or anything. The vet says, by his teeth he would have said my cat was 6, and that just from the wear. Pretty sure they think I'm lying about his age. But he was one of my foster kittens and I've had him since he weighed less than 2 lbs. I'm determined to keep him around as long as possible. Within reason of course, I wouldn't make him suffer needlessly.

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"The best way to avoid even HAVING to do this is to use prevention (orals are better than collars). But this product helps you remove the entire tick. Without having to touch it or leave the head in the dog. Prevention is better than simply removing ticks because now this dog is at risk for many different diseases"

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lara
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2 months ago

Well, WHAT IS IT????????????

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Mike Crow
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2 months ago

I have an English mastiff and we can hardly find any chew toy that she won’t destroy in minutes. With over 500 psi of bite strength, even the “tough” toys don’t last long.

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