Weekly Pets Quiz: Heart Disease, Damaged Paws and Barking

1 What two dog breeds are predisposed to heart disease due to genetic mutation?

  • Doberman Pinschers and Siberian Huskies
  • Boxers and Doberman Pinschers

    In 2011, Meurs discovered genetic mutations in both Doberman Pinschers and Boxers that cause heart disease. In Dobies, the mutation triggers dilated cardiomyopathy, an adult onset heart muscle disease that can lead to sudden death or congestive heart failure. The Boxer genetic mutation Meurs uncovered causes arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyo¬pathy, which also occurs primarily in adult dogs and carries similar potential outcomes. Learn more.

  • German Shepherds and Siberian Huskies
  • Pugs and Pit Bulls

2 According to research from Denmark, what type of pet ownership reduces the risk of childhood asthma in kids who are genetically predisposed?

  • Dogs
  • Cats

    One of the many benefits of pet ownership seems to be improved health in babies and children who live with furry family members, and now new research has revealed that young children with a cat at home have a reduced risk for asthma. The study, conducted in Denmark, involved 377 toddlers born to asthmatic mothers, and was published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. Learn more.

  • Birds
  • Rabbits

3 Which of the following can help you dog break an obsessive barking habit?

  • Punishing them when they are barking obsessively
  • A consistent daily routine

    Crate training, plenty of exercise, a consistent daily routine and ongoing socialization can be very beneficial in helping your dog break the barking habit. Learn more.

  • Not allowing them to socialize with other dogs
  • Raise your voice to be louder than the bark

4 What is one disorder that can damage your dog's paws?

  • Epilepsy
  • Degenerative Myelopathy
  • Pemphigus Foliaceus (PF)

    PF is an autoimmune skin disease that causes pustules (pus-filled blisters) and crusting on the surface of the skin. The skin beneath the crusts is raw and can be painful. The pustules are often first seen on a dog's face and ears, but can spread to other areas of the body. There can also be thickening and cracking of the footpads, and difficulty walking. Learn more.

  • Brachycephalic Syndrome

5 When introducing your pet to fermented vegetables, how much should you give them?

  • 1-3 tsp per 20 pounds of body weight

    If your pet will eat fermented vegetables, it's important to start with very small amounts and build up gradually to 1 to 3 teaspoons per 20 pounds of body weight. Learn more.

  • 1-3 tsp per 30 pounds of body weight
  • 4 tsp per 10 pounds of body weight
  • 4 tsp per 20 pounds of body weight

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