Are You Smarter Than a Vet Student: Take Two

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Back by popular demand is, “Are You Smarter Than a Vet Student” a test of your veterinary medical savvy. I welcome your participation.  Please provide me with your responses  at as I  will be choosing three lucky winners to receive a signed copy of either Speaking for Spot or Your Dog’s Best Health . Now, here are your questions. Good luck!


1. The most common reason pets receiving heartworm preventive medication develop heartworm infection is because:

a. The heartworm medication has expired.

b. The heartworms become resistant to the preventive medication.

c. The heartworm preventive is not administered as directed.

d. The clever critter spits out the heartworm tablet when their human is not looking.


2. Increased thirst can be a symptom of:

a. A hormonal imbalance.

b. Kidney failure.

c. Liver disease.

d. All of the above.


3. The wetness and coolness of a dog’s nose is helpful in determining:

a. Whether or not he is feeling well.

b. Whether or not he has a fever.

c. Both a and b.

d. None of the above.


4. You’ve just noticed that your dog is acting strangely. He ate dinner normally, but now seems lethargic. You take his temperature and determine that he has a fever. It is 9:00 at night. What should you do?

a. Give him one adult strength aspirin and continue to monitor him through the night.

b. Give him an ice water bath and continue to monitor him through the night.

c. Head to your local emergency clinic.

d. Contact your “on call” family veterinarian or local veterinary emergency hospital for advice.


5. Tick-borne diseases such as Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, and Ehrlichia:

a. Occur whenever a dog is bitten by a tick that is infected with one of these diseases.

b. Are usually curable when diagnosed early and treated appropriately.

c. Can be contagious from dog to dog.

d. All of the above.


6. By law, which one of the following is not required to appear on the label of your pet’s prescription medication:

a. The expiration date of the medication.

b. Your pet’s name.

c. Your pet’s date of birth.

d. Your last name.


7. Hypothyroidsim (inadequate production of thyroid hormone) in dogs:

a. Can be diagnosed via blood tests in conjunction with the dog’s symptoms..

b. Can be diagnosed based on classic symptoms and physical examination findings.

c. Should be suspected in any dog who is overweight.

d. All of the above.


8. A pregnant woman should not clean the litter box because:

a. Cat urine contains metabolites that can be harmful to the developing fetus.

b. Tapeworm segments within the feces can be harmful to the developing fetus.

c. Toxoplasma organisms within the feces can be harmful to the developing fetus.

d. Pregnant women deserve to avoid unsavory housekeeping tasks.


Send your responses to me at I will provide the answers and along with the names of the lucky book winners in one week.

Best wishes,

Nancy Kay, DVM

Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
Author of Speaking for Spot: Be the Advocate Your Dog Needs to Live a Happy, Healthy, Longer Life
Author of Your Dog’s Best Health: A Dozen Reasonable Things to Expect From Your Vet
Recipient, Leo K. Bustad Companion Animal Veterinarian of the Year Award
Recipient, American Animal Hospital Association Animal Welfare and Humane Ethics Award
Recipient, Dog Writers Association of America Award for Best Blog
Recipient, Eukanuba Canine Health Award
Recipient, AKC Club Publication Excellence Award
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Please visit to read excerpts from Speaking for Spot and Your Dog’s Best Health.   There you will also find “Advocacy Aids”- helpful health forms you can download and use for your own dog, and a collection of published articles on advocating for your pet’s health. Speaking for Spot and Your Dog’s Best Health are available at,, local bookstores, and your favorite online book seller.

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4 Comments on “Are You Smarter Than a Vet Student: Take Two

  1. 1 – c
    2 – d
    3 – d (at least not typically, without other signs)
    4 – c or d, depending on how high the fever is and how lethargic he is. Would prefer taking the dog in the next day, though, in any case
    5 – b
    6 – c
    7 – a
    8 – c (I guess, not a cat person)

  2. Fun!

    OK, I’ll give it a whirl …

    Here are mine:

    1. C
    2. D
    3. D
    4. C
    5. B
    6. C
    7. D
    8. C


    Arliss P.