Weekly Pets Quiz: Pet Toys, Overweight Pets and Pain Management

1 Feline inappropriate elimination — a fancy name for those times when kitty pees (or poops) outside the litterbox — accounts for how many of all reported behavior problems in cats?

  • About 20%
  • About 1/4
  • About half

    Feline inappropriate elimination — a fancy name for those times when kitty pees (or poops) outside the litterbox — accounts for about half of all reported behavior problems in cats. Sadly, it's the reason pet owners give most often when they relinquish their kitty to an animal shelter. Cats relieve themselves outside the litterbox for a number of reasons, some having to do with natural feline tendencies, and others involving their environment. Often there are both natural and situational factors underlying a problem with inappropriate elimination. Learn more

  • More than half

2 Which of the following is NOT an integrative therapy that blend nicely to reduce the amount of medications needed to manage pain in pets?

  • Chiropractic
  • Helping Your Pet Stretch
  • Steroids

    How your canine companion's pain is managed depends on what's causing it, so it's crucially important to make an appointment with your veterinarian for a thorough exam. Once your vet has evaluated your dog and depending on the root cause of his discomfort, there are a number of integrative therapies that blend nicely to reduce the amount of medications needed to manage pain, including:

    Therapeutic massage
    Helping your pet stretch
    Laser therapy

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  • Laser Therapy

3 Toys like sparkle balls can be dangerous for cats.

  • TRUE

    Ah, the sparkle balls. If we were cats, we'd certainly pursue those, wouldn't we? Colorful and sparkly balls are made small to entice playful pets into a game of chase and catch. One thing leads to another in kitty world, and cats being what they are, they can easily swallow the little balls in a single gulp. Being made out of fabric, faux fur, fibers and other equally absorbent material, cats can't always expel sparkly balls if they should try to throw them up like grass or a hair ball, and therein lies the danger. Learn more


4 Which of the following materials is usually unsafe for pet toys?

  • Plastic

    Pet toys are not regulated, so they can be made with virtually any material. Plastic toys, in particular, can be dangerous, as many contain endocrine-disrupting chemicals such as phthalates and bisphenol-A (BPA). Old or weathered toys (such as those left outside) leach higher concentrations of harmful chemicals. While BPA-free toys are available, the BPA may be replaced with similarly (or more) toxic chemicals, including bisphenol-S (BPS), so this, unfortunately, isn't a reliable indicator of toy safety. Other toxins sometimes found in dog toys include heavy metals (lead, etc.) and formaldehyde. When looking for new toys, choose those made in the U.S. out of 100 percent natural rubber, organic cotton, or other eco-friendly and contaminant-free materials. I recommend the sniff test, as toys should have no smell. If a toy you're considering buying smells strongly of chemicals, put it back. Learn more

  • Cotton
  • Rubber

5 What percent of dogs and cats are overweight in the U.S.?

  • Only 10% of dogs and about 25% of cats
  • Over 50% or dogs and around 80% of cats
  • About 25% of dogs and 50% of cats
  • Over 50% or dogs and around 60% of cats

    Over 50 percent of U.S. dogs and around 60 percent of cats are overweight or obese. Overweight and obesity in pets is both a primary disease and the root cause of many other diseases that develop as the result of too much weight, including arthritis, diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), hypothyroidism, kidney disease and a significant reduction in the quantity and quality of your pet's life. While some pet parents remain oblivious to their dog's or cat's condition, others know but aren't concerned or don't seem to realize they're compromising the animal's health. Learn more

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