Weekly Pet Quiz: Fasting for Dogs, Thiamine Deficiency & Lyme Disease

1 For which of the following is most suitable for a therapeutic fast?

  • a 4-month old puppy
  • a diabetic dog
  • an overweight cat
  • a healthy adult dog

    Therapeutic fasting can offer significant health benefits for companion animals, but we don't hear much about it, perhaps because not every pet can be fasted, and the results can be catastrophic if food is withheld from the wrong animal. Fasting more than 12 hours is never a good idea for cats, especially if they're overweight, due to the risk of hepatic lipidosis. As a general rule, it's only safe for healthy adult dogs, and should be avoided for growing puppies, lactating females, old dogs, dogs with health conditions for which fasting is contraindicated and small toy breeds prone to hyperglycemia. Learn more

2 What is a sign of thiamine deficiency in a pet?

  • Scratching
  • Circling

    Progressive symptoms of a thiamine deficiency can take weeks to develop, but initial signs of general gastrointestinal (GI) upset including vomiting, excessive salivation, loss of appetite and weight loss often occur within a week after an animal begins eating a diet severely lacking in thiamine. If the deficiency remains untreated, neurological signs will follow. These can include: circling, falling and seizures. Learn more

  • Sneezing
  • Excessive Barking

3 Just because a dog is exposed to ticks infected with Lyme or ehrlichia doesn't mean he will develop symptoms.

  • TRUE

    What most pet parents and even many veterinarians don't understand is that just because a dog is exposed to ticks infected with Lyme or ehrlichia doesn't mean he will develop symptoms. In the case of Lyme, about 95 percent of dogs that test positive for the disease live in just a dozen U.S. states. These are states in which Lyme disease is endemic (pervasive) — states with heavy infestations of deer ticks. Learn more


4 Which month is Adopt-a-Cat month?

  • May
  • June

    June has been designated Adopt-a-Cat-Month by the American Humane Association. There are countless great reasons to share life with a cat. Compared to many other types of pets, kitties are clean, quiet (most of the time), and relatively low-maintenance. And despite their reputation for being standoffish, many are every bit as affectionate as dogs. Learn more

  • July
  • August

5 If you want to make your pet's vet visit stress free, stay in the lobby as long as possible to let her get used to it.

  • TRUE

    The main lobby or waiting area of many veterinary practices can be a trigger for fearful pets, due to the smells, sounds and sights of other animals and unfamiliar people. If you can't take your pet directly to an exam room after check-in, let the receptionist know you'll be waiting with your pet in your vehicle until an exam room is available. If your vet consistently runs late, call ahead and ask if he or she is on schedule. If they are running late, time your arrival so that you spend the least amount of time waiting. Learn more

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