Weekly Pet Quiz: Heartworm Infection and Common Cat Conditions

Analysis by Dr. Karen Shaw Becker

1 Which part of the United States are dogs considered at high risk for heartworm infection?

  • Northeast
  • Southeast

    There are 11 states where dogs are considered at high risk for heartworm infection. The 11 states are primarily in the southeast, where soaring temperatures and high humidity during the warmer months of the year provide an ideal environment for mosquitoes to thrive. Learn more.

  • Northwest
  • Southwest

2 Some of the most common and often preventable conditions found in cats are diabetes, hyper-thyroidism, lower urinary tract disease, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and constipation.

  • True

    Common, often preventable conditions in cats include diabetes, hyper-thyroidism, lower urinary tract disease, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and constipation. Learn more.

  • False

3 In which animal is mammary cancer most commonly found?

  • Male Dogs
  • Female Dogs

    Mammary cancer is the most common tumor in female dogs. Canine breast cancer is similar to human breast cancer, so veterinary research into treatments for mammary tumors in dogs can also ultimately benefit humans. Learn more.

  • Male Cats
  • Female Cats

4 According to a recent survey, what percentage of cats sleep with their adult owners?

  • 29%
  • 47%
  • 58%
  • 62%

    Surveys suggest that 62 percent of cats sleep with their adult owners while another 13 percent sleep with children in the household. Learn more.

5 An overabundance of ____ could lead to heart disease.

  • Protein
  • Carbohydrates
  • Fiber

    The reason processed pet food producers "must" use so much fiber in their formulas is because it's plentiful and cheap. It has little to do with offering species-appropriate nutrition to dogs and cats. In the case of grain-free foods, it makes you wonder if the link between these diets and heart disease in dogs has been due in part to offsetting critical amino acids in meat with an overabundance of fiber and starch. Learn more.

  • Fats

Click Here and be the first to comment on this article
Post your comment