Weekly Pet Quiz: Cat Vomiting, Obesity and Recalled Pet Food

1 Vomiting in cats is common and considered normal behavior and should not be a concern to pet parents or veterinarians.

  • TRUE
  • FALSE

    Chronic vomiting in cats is unfortunately so common that many pet parents and even some veterinarians view it as "normal" behavior. However, in my professional opinion, chronic vomiting, even in kitties with hairballs, is a sign something's wrong and needs to be investigated. After all, big cats in the wild don't routinely vomit. Wild cats also don't have hairball issues, which is why I believe recurrent hairballs in housecats is also a sign that something's amiss. Other common causes of persistent vomiting in cats include a poor diet, food intolerances, eating too fast and too much time in between meals. Other causes include enzyme deficiencies, gastrointestinal (GI) problems that result in hairballs, toxin ingestion and underlying medical conditions like kidney disease and GI cancer. Learn more.

2 Over 90 million cans of which food brand were recalled due to high levels of pentobarbital?

  • Purina
  • Beneful Originals
  • Pedigree
  • Gravy Train

    Over 90 million cans of Gravy Train were recalled due to alarmingly high levels of pentobarbital in tallow (animal fat). Learn more.

3 The only way to treat feline idiopathic cystitis (FIC) is to give cats antibiotics.

  • TRUE
  • FALSE

    Unfortunately, too often these cats are given antibiotics, and when symptoms subside within five to seven days, everyone incorrectly assumes it's due to the medication. However, the antibiotics had nothing to do with the cat's recovery, because there was no bacterial infection present to begin with. It's simply the nature of FIC that symptoms wax and wane. Controlled studies show that over 70 percent of cats with FIC also respond to placebo treatments. Unnecessary antibiotic therapy has long-lasting, negative consequences to a cat's microbiome, and in turn, the overall immune system. I strongly recommend declining antibiotic therapy unless your vet has definitively proven (via culture) your cat requires it. A remedy that can be incredibly beneficial in helping cats recover from an FIC episode and prevent future flare-ups is a high-quality probiotic supplement. Probiotics can improve the bladder microbiome, which can have lasting, long-term benefits. Learn more.

4 How often to dogs need to relieve themselves?

  • every hour
  • every 2-4 hours
  • every 4-6 hours

    It's important to realize that while your dog can "hold it" for longer periods, he really shouldn't have to. Imagine how you would feel if you were dependent on someone else to give you permission to go to the bathroom, and often that person made you wait long past the point at which you became uncomfortable "holding it." Beyond four hours without a potty break, and certainly beyond six, most home-alone dogs become uncomfortable. Learn more.

  • every 6-8 hours

5 What was the most common dog obesity-related condition in 2017?

  • Spondylosis
  • Osteoarthritis

    The following were the top 10 most common dog and cat obesity-related conditions in 2017 according to Nationwide Pet Insurance:

    1. Osteoarthritis
    2. Cystitis or urinary tract disease
    3. Hepatitis or hepatopathy
    4. Hypothyroidism
    5. Cruciate ligament
    6. Diabetes
    7. Intervertebral disc disease
    8. Chronic renal disease
    9. Congestive heart failure
    10. Hypertension Learn more.
  • Asthma
  • Gall bladder disorder

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