Did You Know: Pet Appreciation Week (June 2-8)

Dogs sweat through their foot pads to help keep them cool. They also keep cool by panting. — submitted photo.

Animal facts

Hummingbirds are the only birds that can fly backwards.

Crocodiles cannot stick their tongue out.

Starfish do not have a brain.

Only female mosquitoes bite.

Polar bear skin is black.

The only mammal capable of flight is the bat.

A newborn kangaroo is the size of a lima bean.

Cat facts

Cats have 32 muscles in each ear.

Cats have 4 rows of whiskers.

Cats have no collarbone, which is one reason they are so flexible.

Cats spend approximately 30% of their waking hours grooming themselves.

Feline’s jaws cannot move sideways.

Cats have over 100 vocal sounds, while dogs have about 10!

Cat whiskers are so sensitive they can detect the slightest change in air current.

Cats have 26 baby teeth and 30 permanent teeth.

Dog Facts

Dalmatians are born without spots. They are born with plain white coats with their first spots appearing after they are 1 week old.

Dogs sweat through their foot pads to help keep them cool. They also keep cool by panting.

Greyhounds are the world’s fastest dogs with the ability to reach up to 45 mph.

Every dog has a unique nose print with no two alike.

A dog’s sense of smell is 1,000 times greater than a human’s.

Nine percent of dog owners will have a birthday party for their pet.

Dogs have 28 baby teeth and 42 permanent teeth.

www.animalmedical.org

Contact staff writer Chanel Hill at (215) 893-5716 or at chill@phillytrib.com.

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