Weekly Pet Quiz: Feline Obesity, Toad Poisoning and Pet-Proofing Christmas Tree

1 What resource do dogs most commonly choose to guard?.

  • Their Owner
  • Food Bowl

    Resource guarding can be a normal behavior for dogs; however, it can become threatening or aggressive, which is a problem. There are many resources dogs choose to guard, and one of the most common is the food bowl. Learn more.

  • Dog Bed
  • Chew Toy

2 What is the root cause of feline obesity?

  • Food-Release Toys
  • Supplements
  • Processed Food

    One of the root causes of obesity in kitties is processed food; no cat, much less an overweight one, should be fed a dry diet loaded with grains or carbohydrates. Learn more.

  • Species-Appropriate Diets

3 Toad poisoning is a life-threatening emergency and should be dealt with immediately.

  • True

    Toad poisoning is a life-threatening medical emergency. If you know or suspect your pet has been exposed to a deadly species of toad, rinse his mouth out immediately (preferably with a constant stream of water from a faucet or hose) and call your veterinarian, the closest emergency animal hospital and/or the Pet Poison Helpline at 855-764-7661. Learn more.

  • False

4 Vitamin __ toxicity is a very serious and potentially life-threatening emergency that requires immediate veterinary intervention.

  • A
  • B
  • C
  • D

    Vitamin D toxicity is a very serious and potentially life-threatening emergency that requires immediate veterinary intervention. After accidental ingestion of a compound containing vitamin D, the first 72 hours are crucial in saving the animal's life. Learn more.

5 What should you do to ensure your Christmas tree is pet-proof?

  • Add Tinsel
  • Get a Tall Tree
  • Decorate with Food
  • Use Shatter-Proof Ornaments

    A Christmas tree is a holiday staple for many homes, but it's one that could pose unforeseen dangers to your pets. A medium-sized tree (about 5 feet tall) is less likely to be knocked over by pets than taller options. Avoid tinsel, which is attractive to pets and may obstruct their digestive tract if swallowed. Choose shatterproof ornaments made from natural materials like wool, silk and wood; avoid decorating your tree with foods like candy canes or cookies. Learn more.

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