Weekly Pet Quiz: Euthanasia, Easter Dangers and Obesity

1 Which of the following is a danger posed by a holiday like Easter?

  • Grass
  • Raw Food
  • New People
  • Chocolate

    Dogs are much more often the victims of chocolate poisoning than cats, because dogs like sweet-tasting things, and they're indiscriminate eaters. They make up 95 percent of chocolate emergency calls according to the Pet Poison Helpline. Chocolate is made from the roasted seeds of the Theobroma cacao or cocoa tree. The seeds have certain properties that can be toxic for dogs (and cats), including caffeine and theobromine, which are naturally occurring stimulants. Learn more.

2 What's the first thing you should do if your kitty is behaving aggressively?

  • Make sure the kitty isn't dealing with a health problem

    The first thing I recommend when dealing with an aggressive cat is to visit your veterinarian to rule out any underlying health problems that could be affecting her behavior. Cats are masters at masking pain. There are also some disorders (e.g., hyperthyroidism and hyperesthesia) that can have a dramatic effect on behavior. Learn more.

  • Try ignoring the kitty
  • Comfort the kitty by cuddling her
  • Give your cat toys to distract her so that the behavior goes away

3 Last year, there was a euthanasia drug that contaminated Evanger's dog food. This year there was another brand that was found to have the same drug. What is the brand of dog food that was found to be contaminated with pentobarbital, a euthanasia drug?

  • Blue Buffalo
  • Organix
  • Gravy Train

    I'm sure most of you are aware of the Evanger's dog food recall one year ago for contamination with a euthanasia drug called pentobarbital. Hopefully you're also aware by now that the same drug was found in Gravy Train dog food, produced by J.M. Smucker/Big Heart Brands (I can't be the only one who rolls my eyes at this name, right?). Here's the latest on the most recent pentobarbital contamination of pet food. Learn more.

  • Pedigree

4 What is the most common dog obesity related condition in 2017?

  • Hypertension
  • Osteoarthritis

    Pet obesity continues to rise for the seventh straight year, according to Nationwide Pet Insurance. In 2017, pet parents filed 1.4 million insurance claims for dog and cat obesity-related conditions and diseases, and racked up over $62 million in veterinary costs. Obesity-related pet insurance claims have increased 24 percent in just the last four years. Learn more.

  • Diabetes
  • Congestive Heart Failure

5 What is the most common cat obesity related condition in 2017?

  • Cystitis or Urinary Tract Disease

    Obesity-related diseases in dogs and cats are entirely preventable, and yet they continue to increase year after year. Many of these conditions can take years off a pet's life and destroy his or her quality of daily life. Learn more.

  • Diabetes
  • Hepatitis
  • Asthma
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