Weekly Pet Quiz: Gum Disease, Overweight Cats and Hairballs

1 Over ___ percent of pets have some degree of gum disease by their second year of life.

  • 85
  • 70

    Oral disease is an epidemic among today's dogs and cats — over 70 percent have some degree of gum disease by their second year of life. Learn more.

  • 25
  • 15

2 What kind of diet is NOT recommended for overweight cats?

  • high-fiber

    If your cat is overweight, it's not a good idea to offer a high-fiber "weight loss" dry diet. For overweight cats, I recommend a moisture-rich, homemade, fresh food diet fed in carefully measured portions, and very limited treats. Learn more.

  • fresh food
  • homemade
  • moisture-rich

3 Where is the bacteria capnocytophaga canimorsus found on dogs and cats?

  • Rectum
  • Nose
  • Mouth

    The bacteria known as capnocytophaga canimorsus is a normal oral flora present in the mouths of most dogs and cats. Learn more.

  • Ears

4 Jaundice, loss of appetite and weight loss are just a few symptoms that your dog has liver disease.

  • True

    If the liver isn't functioning properly, it can seriously affect your dog's health, longevity and quality of life, leading to any of the following symptoms: Jaundice, loss of appetite, weight loss, increased thirst, vomiting or diarrhea, seizures, disorientation, depression, personality change, increased urination, changes in stool color, fluid retention in the abdomen. Learn more.

  • False

5 What is the recommended to eliminate your cat's hairballs?

  • Shave their hair
  • Play with them
  • Take them for a walk
  • Change their diet

    The first step I recommend for cats struggling with hairballs is dietary in nature. Ditch the kibble in favor of a moisture-rich, species-appropriate diet that will get your cat's GI tract in top working order. Learn more.

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