Weekly Pet Quiz: Heart Murmurs, Anxiety and Titer Testing

1 What is a titer test?

  • It's genetic testing for pets, showing their ancestry.
  • It tests the fertility of a pet.
  • It shows if pets are already protected from the disease for which they had been once vaccinated.

    A titer test shows if pets are already protected from the disease for which they had been once vaccinated. If the titer test comes back positive, then there is enough of the vaccine still in their system. If a titer test comes back negative, then it's a good time to consider getting them vaccinated. Learn more.

  • It shows what disease a pet has.

2 Which of the following is NOT a common trigger for anxiety in dogs?

  • Poor (strained) relationships with other household members (pets or humans), etc.
  • Loud noises — fireworks, thunderstorms, etc.
  • Punitive training methods — shock collars, yelling, hitting, etc.
  • Socialization - dog parks and interaction with other dogs or people.

    Some of the things that cause anxiety in dogs can be unavoidable, such as a move to a new home or a change in work schedules. However, there are several triggers you can exert control over to minimize stress in your dog's life. Learn more.

3 How do you calculate the age of a cat in human years?

  • Cats age in human years, plus 15 for the first year of life, plus 10 for the second year of life, plus 4 years for every year after that.

    Cats mature quickly during their first few years of life, and then things level off. The method many experts use to calculate a cat's age in human years is to add 15 years for the first year of life, 10 years for the second year of life and four years for every year after that. Learn more.

  • Cats age in human years, plus 20 for the first year of life, plus 10 for the second year of life, plus 5 years for every year after that.
  • Cats age in human years, multiplied by 7.
  • Cats age in human years, multiplied by 7, plus 5.

4 What is NOT a benefit of owning a dog?

  • Increases physical activity on a regular basis
  • They wake you early in the morning

    Owning a dog not only prompts owners to be more physically active but also reduces feelings of loneliness and isolation, provides companionship and calms you, can lower your blood pressure and cortisol levels and releases endorphins. Learn more.

  • Can lower blood pressure
  • Can lower cortisol levels

5 Which is a symptom of heart murmurs in dogs that you should watch out for?

  • Soreness and limping
  • Fever and vomiting
  • Loss of appetite and coughing

    Five important signs to watch for if you suspect or know your dog has a heart problem include: coughing, bluish-appearing tongue, loss of appetite, fatigue, or too fast or too slow heartbeat. Learn more.

  • Seizures and increased water intake
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