Are You Smarter Than a Vet Student?

Back by popular demand is, “Are You Smarter Than a Vet Student” a test of your veterinary medical savvy. This time we will test your knowledge about veterinary emergencies. Please provide me with your responses. You may be one of two lucky winners to receive a signed copy of either Speaking for Spot  or Your Dog’s Best Health. I will provide answers to these questions in one week. Good luck!

1. You’ve just arrived home after a long day at work to find two vials containing two of your own prescription heart medications spilled on the bathroom floor and it is clear that several of the pills are missing. All three of your dogs greet you with smiles on their faces. What should you do?

a. Do some “watchful waiting” to see which dog, if any, develops symptoms.

b. Head to your local veterinary emergency clinic with the pill vials, the remaining pills, and the dog who has always been the gluttonous troublemaker.

c. Head to a veterinary emergency clinic with the pill vials, the remaining pills, and all three dogs.

d. Use hydrogen peroxide to induce vomiting in all three dogs.


2. The following is not a true veterinary emergency:

a. Your dog or cat is suddenly having difficulty using both hind legs.

b. Your dog or cat vomited and the vomited material contains fresh blood.

c.  Your dog suddenly began favoring one hind leg while cavorting at the dog park.

d.  You observed your dog or cat licking from a puddle of spilled antifreeze.


3. Seizures in pets are not caused by:

a. Inappropriate use of a flea control product.

b. Ingestion of marijuana.

c. Ingestion of snail bait.

d. Ingestion of sugarfree gum.


4. After parking your car in a large shopping mall lot on a very hot day you notice that a dog has been left in a neighboring car. The car windows are cracked open and the doors are locked. The dog is panting, but looks bright and alert. What should you do?

a. Head into the shopping center to convey your concerns to someone affiliated with mall management.

b. Break into the car.

c. Call 911.

d. Hang out and wait until the owner of the car returns.


5. Your dog Angel was hit by a car and you immediately transport her to a nearby veterinary emergency clinic, one which you have never been to before. Clearly one of Angel’s legs is broken, she is in pain, and she is experiencing labored breathing. In the rush to get her to the emergency clinic, you forgot to bring along any form of payment to leave a deposit for her care. What is the veterinary staff obligated to do?

a. Hospitalize Angel for observation, but delay beginning any diagnostics or treatment until you return with your deposit.

b. Provide all emergency care necessary to attempt to stabilize Angel’s condition until you return with a deposit.

c. Provide pain medication as needed until you return with a deposit.

d. answers b and c.


6. It is Sunday afternoon and your pet Smokey appears suddenly unable to see. Other than appearing somewhat disoriented and bumping into things, he appears quite normal. You should:

a. Plan to call your family veterinary hospital first thing in the morning to schedule an appointment for Smokey to be evaluated.

b. Take Smokey to a veterinary emergency right away.

c. Monitor Smokey at home for a few days to see if the vision loss goes away or any other symptoms develop.

d. Go on line to research the potential causes of blindness.


7. Your dog Ralphie receives a regimen of medications for his chronic skin allergies, kidney failure, and diabetes. It is Sunday morning and he has refused his breakfast and is vomiting. You pack him up to take him to the emergency clinic. Besides little Ralphie, what else should you bring?

a. All of Ralphie’s current medications.

b. A copy of Ralphie’s medical records.

c. Ralphie’s current diet.

d. All of the above.


8. Your dog Dexter was just involved in a dog fight at the dog park. He appears just fine other than multiple small puncture wounds on his legs and face. He has already returned to playing with the other dogs. What should you do?

a. Continue to let Dexter play.

b. Take your dog home right away to wash the wounds.

c. Have your dog examined by a veterinarian right away.

d. Contact your attorney.


Please send your responses to me at I will provide answers 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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One Comment on “Are You Smarter Than a Vet Student?

  1. This was a fun quiz that really got me thinking. I’ll be emailing you my choices for the presented scenarios. I may do something similar on my blog Bichon Frise Owner. Great post!