Weekly pet quiz — Aging dogs, hairballs and tuxedo cats

1 An aging dog's diet should be rich in ________ to help reduce oxidative stress and DNA damage.

  • Fiber
  • Antioxidants

    The diet should be rich in antioxidants to help reduce oxidative stress and DNA damage. Learn more.

  • Carbohydrates
  • Protein

2 Hairballs in housecats are common but shouldn't be considered "normal".

  • True

    Hairballs in housecats are common but shouldn't be considered "normal" — a kitty who routinely produces them should be seen by a veterinarian to determine the cause. Learn more.

  • False

3 How do cats develop the appearance of wearing socks or a tuxedo?

  • A gene mutation

    Cats who appear to be wearing socks, or tuxedos, have piebaldism, a gene mutation that causes unusual patterns of pigmentation. Learn more.

  • Develop the look as they age
  • Cross breeding
  • Type of diet

4 Where is the best environment to introduce your new dog to your old dog?

  • Animal shelter
  • Vets office
  • Outdoors

    Plan to introduce the dogs on neutral territory, such as a fenced-in yard of a friend or a large indoor training facility. Outdoors is typically best, as introductions indoors can make the pups feel trapped and heighten territorial feelings. Learn more.

  • A small room

5 According to the National Poll on Healthy Aging, people who hope to stay well as they age should not consider adopting a pet.

  • True
  • False

    According to a recent issue of Time, based on new data from the National Poll on Healthy Aging sponsored by the University of Michigan's Institute for Healthcare Policy, people who hope to stay well as they age should consider adopting a pet. Learn more.

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