Weekly Pet Quiz: Feline Hyperthyroidism, Dog Eyes and Aging

1 An often used scare tactic to deter pet parents from fresh pet food is that it is loaded with salmonella.

  • True

    One of their scare tactics would have you believe fresh pet food is loaded with salmonella, when in fact, it is processed pet food that has a history of recalls for pathogens. Learn more.

  • False

2 According to a recent study, which of the following contributes to hyperthyroidism in cats?

  • Air purifier
  • Cotton
  • Flame-retardant chemicals

    A recent study suggests the flame-retardant chemicals that replaced polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) are also endocrine disruptors and also contribute to hyperthyroidism in cats. Learn more.

  • Stainless steel utensils

3 How many eyelids do dogs have?

  • 5
  • 3

    Unlike humans, dogs have not just two, but three eyelids. Learn more.

  • 2
  • 1

4 Dogs can't discriminate between emotional expressions on human faces and body postures.

  • True
  • False

    Dogs can discriminate between emotional expressions on human faces and body postures. Learn more.

5 What is NOT recommended as your dog ages?

  • Gentle stretching
  • Targeted strength training
  • Massages
  • Limit mobility and activity

    Strategies to help older dogs stay mobile include targeted strengthening exercises, balance and proprioception (body awareness) exercises and passive-range-of-motion exercises. Gentle stretching exercises that focus on the hips, shoulders and back can very beneficial. Massage is also helpful to improve circulation, relax tense, tight muscles and ease the stiffness of arthritis. Learn more.

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