Weekly Pet Quiz: Gum Disease, Toxoplasmosis and Pancreatitis

1 Daily _____ will help prevent your pet from getting gum disease.

  • Dry Food
  • Grooming
  • Teeth Brushing

    Most dogs and cats (70 to 80 percent) have gum disease by the age of 3; the very best way to prevent your pet from becoming a statistic is daily teeth brushing. Learn more.

  • Treats

2 How do humans typically acquire a toxoplasmosis infection?

  • Mosquitos
  • Kombucha
  • Dander and saliva of infected cats
  • Raw or undercooked meat

    Many pregnant women with cats receive misguided advice to give up their pets to avoid a toxoplasmosis infection; this is absolutely unnecessary. Cats are the primary hosts for toxoplasma, but humans typically acquire the infection through raw or undercooked meat, unwashed fruits and vegetables, and contaminated water or soil. Learn more.

3 If left untreated, _____ can ultimately lead to multiple organ failure.

  • Pancreatitis

    Pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas) is a very serious condition that probably doesn't get the attention it warrants. Severe damage to the pancreas can trigger a massive inflammatory reaction known as systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS), characterized by increased capillary permeability, fever, rapid heart rate, a drop in blood pressure and ultimately, multiple organ failure. Learn more.

  • Gum Disease
  • Diarrhea
  • Rabies

4 Exotic pets require less interaction and stimulation than dogs and cats.

  • True
  • False

    Exotic pets are far more than cage ornaments; it's a myth that these animals require less interaction and stimulation than dogs and cats. Learn more.

5 What is the name of the group that dedicates their time and expertise to find others' lost pets?

  • The Pet Returners
  • The Retrievers

    The Retrievers, formed in 2014, is a group of 40 volunteers who donate their time and expertise to finding others' lost pets. Learn more.

  • Pet Rescuers
  • Lost Dog Finders