Weekly Pets Quiz: Sleep, Dental Disease and Household Hazards

1 Most dental disease in dogs and cats occurs below the gum line, where you can't see it. True or False?

  • True

    Bacteria that can't be seen can damage the tissues connecting the teeth and jaw. That's why it's important to have your veterinarian examine your pet's mouth at each wellness checkup. Learn more.

  • False

2 How many hours to most domesticated dogs sleep per day?

  • 8 to 10 hours a day
  • 10 to 12 hours a day
  • 12 to 14 hours a day

    Most domesticated dogs sleep 12 to 14 hours a day. The average family dog in the U.S. spends about half his time napping, another 30 percent lounging around but awake and the remaining 20 percent being active. Learn more.

  • 14 to 16 hours a day

3 Which of these is one of the 10 most common household hazards for cats?

  • Liquid potpourri

    The wonderful scent of warm potpourri is sure to attract the attention of your kitty, but unfortunately, these heated oils pose significant health risks. Your cat might be burned or develop a serious skin irritation from these substances. If she comes in contact with liquid potpourri, be sure to wash her fur thoroughly to remove all traces of oily residue. Learn more.

  • Toys
  • Plastic Bottles
  • Crates

4 Which of these is one of the 4 recommendations for fostering a puppy?

  • Don't socialize a puppy from 7-15 weeks old
  • Don't groom the puppy
  • Avoid vaccinating the puppy
  • Use extreme care when taking puppy to places with other dogs

    Until immunity is established through titering at the two- to four-week mark after the pup's second round of shots, use extreme care if you take her to places where other dogs congregate. Also, don't let your foster pup come in contact with the poop of other dogs or wild animals, and properly dispose of his poop as well. If he's vomiting or has diarrhea or has been exposed to an ill dog, keep him away from any area where he might come in contact with other dogs or wild animals. Learn more.

5 What should be on your shopping list when planning to care for a goldfish?

  • Glow in the dark cage accessories
  • Substrate, such as some form of gravel that looks nice at the bottom

    If you've determined that a goldfish — or a few of them — would be the perfect pet for your household, you'll want to get the aquarium all set up before you bring home your swimming soulmate, including a 20 gallon tank, appropriate water, a water filter (and possibly a heater), non-toxic aquarium gravel and fish-safe plants. Learn more.

  • Tank dividers
  • A colorful background, to place on one side of the tank

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