Weekly Pet Quiz: Warm Noses, Poisoning and Body Conditioning

1 A warm nose always means your pet is sick.

  • TRUE
  • FALSE

    Most pet parents have been told that if a dog's or cat's nose is warm or dry, it means they're sick. Actually, that's a myth. A warm dry nose by itself doesn't mean that your pet has a fever or is sick. Dog and cat noses go from moist and cool to warm and dry and back again quite easily, and it's perfectly normal and healthy. However, if your pet has symptoms of an illness, such as vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite or lethargy, then her warm, dry nose is probably an additional symp­tom of an underlying condition. Learn more.

2 What disease has symptoms that include head tilting and a drunken gait, circling, falling down, rhythmic jerking eye movements and nausea?

  • Lyme Disease
  • Cushing's Syndrome
  • Peripheral Vestibular Syndrome

    Peripheral vestibular syndrome, which is a problem with balance that involves structures in the inner ear, is relatively common in older dogs. Symptoms include head tilting and a drunken gait, circling, falling down, rhythmic jerking eye movements and nausea. Learn more.

  • Addison's Disease

3 Most dogs don't get enough exercise.

  • TRUE

    Most dogs today don't get enough exercise, which can result in obesity and other health conditions, as well as undesirable boredom-related behaviors. Learn more.

  • FALSE

4 How many poisoning cases called into the Pet Poison Helpline each year involve human medications, both prescription and over-the-counter drugs?

  • 10%
  • 20%
  • 50%

    Nearly 50 percent of poisoning cases called into the Pet Poison Helpline each year involve human medications, both prescription and over-the-counter drugs. More often than not, the victim is a curious dog who chews into a bottle of pills, but kitties can get into trouble, too, especially with certain specific medications they seem attracted to. Learn more.

  • 75%

5 Why should you not avoid a lot of weekend activities with your dog to make up for lack of exercise on weekdays?

  • Your dog will be sad they aren't exercising more
  • Your dog could get long-term joint damage

    Some dog parents believe if they do lots of weekend activities with their pet they can make up for lack of exercise on weekdays. But the problem with this approach is that you can actually create injury to your dog by encouraging him to be a weekend warrior. When a dog's body isn't well conditioned, sudden bursts of activity can cause injuries that lead to long-term joint damage. Consistent daily exercise is a much safer approach and has profound long-term health benefits you don't want your dog to miss. Learn more.

  • Your dog will be confused about their schedule
  • You actually should make up for lack of exercise this way.

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