Weekly Pet Quiz: Baby Talking to Your Dog, Mixed Breeds and Diabetes

1 Vestibular disease in dogs is a problem with what?

  • Digestion
  • Bladder control
  • Adrenal glands
  • Balance and spacial orientation

    If your dog has been diagnosed with vestibular disease, you may be wondering exactly what that means. Simply put, the vestibular system is what affords mammals balance and a sense of spatial orientation. It's actually a system of structures in the inner ear, and when the system malfunctions, the brain doesn't have the information it needs to under­stand the body's relationship with the external environment. The result is a loss of balance and other symptoms resulting from vertigo and dizziness. Learn more.

2 While puppies respond to "baby talk" (dog-directed speech similar to infant-directed speech), adult dogs don't seem to.

  • TRUE
  • FALSE

    A past study suggested that while puppies respond to "baby talk" (dog-directed speech similar to infant-directed speech), adult dogs don't seem to. U.K. researchers decided to test the validity of that conclusion by changing a component of the previous experiment — putting humans in the room with the dogs as they listened to speech recordings. Learn more.

3 When is National Mutt Day?

  • July 27th
  • July 31st

    National Mutt Day (also known as National Mixed Breed Day), actually comes around twice each year, on July 31st and December 2nd. National Mutt Day was launched in 2005 to celebrate and help save the lives of mixed breed dogs. The goal is to raise awareness of the plight of lovable, deserving mutts living in shelters across the U.S., waiting with hope and patience for a family to take them home. Learn more.

  • August 1st
  • August 7th

4 What are free radicals?

  • DNA damaging molecules

    During exercise, your dog's body produces free radicals, which are DNA-damaging molecules that cause oxidative stress. Learn more.

  • cell building proteins
  • organic compounds
  • energy creating molecules

5 Over the last 10 years, diabetes mellitus has increased ___ percent in dogs, and 18 percent in kitties.

  • 20 percent
  • 40 percent
  • 80 percent

    Increasing numbers of dogs and cats are being diagnosed with diabetes, and many are so sick they require daily insulin shots. A few sad statistics: Over the last 10 years, diabetes mellitus has increased 80 percent in dogs, and 18 percent in kitties. Learn more.

  • 100 percent

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