Weekly Pet Quiz: Dog Intelligence, IVDD and Chocolate

1 Which of these breeds is not genetically predisposed for patellar luxation?

  • Pit Bulls

    "Short-legged dogs, for example Basset Hounds and Dachshunds, aren't genetically prone to the condition. However, because their femurs are so short, it can change the angle of the seating of the kneecap, and these dogs can end up with luxating patellas as well.

    Larger breeds have less genetic predisposition to problems with the kneecap. They typically have a nice, deep groove for the patella to seat in. However, some larger dogs are prone to hip problems. If a joint above the kneecap like the hip joint, or one below the kneecap like the ankle develops a problem, it can change the ergonomics of the body." Learn more.

  • Yorkies
  • Jack Russell Terriers
  • Maltese

2 Smart dogs can be a special challenge to care for precisely because they're smart.

  • TRUE

    Regardless of the breed, owning a smart dog can be challenging. If you assume breeds known for their intelligence are easier to care for than other dogs, you could be barking up the wrong tree. It's important to understand that most smart dogs don't do well without plenty of physical and mental stimulation — with "plenty" meaning an absolute minimum of one hour of intense physical activity every single day plus mental enrichment throughout the day. Learn more.


3 What is one symptom of IVDD, intervertebral disc disease?

  • Stiffness

    Signs you should watch for include reluctance to move the neck and head or a lowered head. Some dogs only move their eyes to look at you — they don't want to move their head or neck because it's painful. An animal holding his head low and shifting just his eyes to look at you is definitely suspicious for IVDD. Learn more.

  • Barking
  • Regurgitation
  • Flakey Skin

4 How much milk chocolate puts pets at rick of chocolate poisoning?

  • Any ingestion of more than 5 ounces per pound of body weight
  • Any ingestion of more than 1 ounces per pound of body weight
  • Any ingestion of more than 0.5 ounces per pound of body weight

    "It's the dose that makes the poison," according to the Pet Poison Helpline. For example, a few M&Ms or a bite of a chocolate chip cookie are unlikely to cause a problem for your dog. Learn more.

  • Any ingestion of any mount of milk chocolate

5 Medications such as birth control pills and antidepressants poisonous to pets if ingested in large amounts.

  • TRUE

    To prevent your dog or cat from getting into your medications, always keep them safely out of reach and never administer a medication to your pet without first consulting with your veterinarian. Learn more.


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