Weekly Pet Quiz: Foxtail, Ear Hematomas & Seasonal Allergies

1 How do most dogs develop ear hematomas?

  • When a dog's ear has too much moisture
  • When a dog's ear is too dry
  • When dogs shake their heads or scratch

    Most dogs develop ear hematomas from shaking their heads or scratching at their ears as a result of allergies or something else that causes intense itching. An ear infection can also cause your dog to scratch and dig at his ears. Even vigorous head shaking can be enough to cause those tiny blood vessels to rupture and a hematoma to form. So can striking the earflap against a hard surface. Learn more

  • There is no identifiable cause

2 What is a foxtail?

  • The tail of the animal fox
  • A plant

    If you've never heard of them, foxtails are treacherous little plant awns that grow from the ear or flower of many types of grasses. They have hairy-looking little appendages that have spikes and sharp edges designed to attach securely to whatever or whoever happens by so they can spread their seeds to surrounding areas. Learn more

  • A type of dog breed
  • A type of cat breed

3 What disease is a Bull Terrier predisposed for?

  • Diabetes
  • Anemia
  • Alabama rot
  • Lethal acrodermatitis

    Periodontal disease — Tartar build-up and bad breath are two signs of this tooth-related ailment. Left untreated, it can progress to tooth loss but, worse, associated bacteria can show up in other areas of your cat's body and cause damage. The process starts when bacteria form plaque on the teeth. Learn more

4 What's one way to relieve your pet's itching paws?

  • Scrub them
  • Soak them

    The good news is that about 50 percent of most dogs' seasonal foot licking and chewing can be alleviated by simply removing those irritants from their paws each time they come in from outdoors, or at least daily. The secret to success in removing allergens from a dog's feet is that they have to be soaked or rinsed. Simply wiping them off with a damp cloth won't give your pet nearly the relief he'll feel with a foot soak. There are many ways to do foot soaks, so you may need to experiment to find the method that works best for you and your dog. Learn more

  • Let your pet lick them clean
  • Wipe them with a cloth

5 What's a common sign that your pet has seasonal allergies?

  • They'll scratch

    A dog or cat with allergies is usually very itchy. She'll scratch at herself and may show signs of irritability. She might bite or chew at a specific area of her body, or she may be itchy from her nose to her tail. You may catch her rubbing her body against your furniture or the carpet to help relieve her miserable itch. Learn more

  • They'll whine
  • They'll collapse
  • There are no signs that make allergies identifiable

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