Are You Smarter Than a Vet Student?: Honoring Pet Health Awareness Month

In honor of November’s Pet Health Awareness Month, I bring you another episode of “Are You Smarter Than a Vet Student?” For those of you who are new to this assessment of your animal aptitude, here’s the way it works:

  1. Read through the questions.
  2. Post your responses (one correct response for each question).
  3. Once your responses are received I will enter your name into a drawing for a free copy of Speaking for Spot or Your Dog’s Best Health. The choice will be yours if you are the lucky winner.
  4. Look for the correct answers to these questions in my next blog post.

Questions

A. The Bordetella (kennel cough) vaccine:

  1. Is a “core vaccination,” meaning it should be given to all dogs.
  2. Is a “noncore vaccination,” meaning it should be given only to dogs with significant exposure to kennel cough.
  3. Is a sure way to prevent kennel cough.
  4. Answers b and c are correct.

B. The size and color of a canine skin growth:

  1. Predict whether the growth is benign or malignant.
  2. Do not predict whether the growth is benign or malignant.
  3. Determine what action should be taken by the veterinarian.
  4. Answers a and c are correct.

C. A 2013 study showed that, amongst 7,827 dogs ranging in age from 1 to 24 years, the percentage that had significant abnormalities on routine blood testing was:

  1. 7%
  2. 16%
  3. 22%
  4. 31%

D. Vomiting can be caused by:

  1. Gastrointestinal disease
  2. Kidney disease
  3. Addison’s disease (a hormonal imbalance)
  4. All of the above

E. Dogs can transmit the following diseases directly to people:

  1. Tick-borne diseases
  2. Pinworms
  3. Bacterial pneumonia
  4. None of the above

F. Excessive panting in dogs can be caused by:

  1. Anxiety
  2. Pain
  3. Cushing’s Disease (a hormonal imbalance)
  4. All of the above

G. Bladder stones in dogs:

  1. Are most reliably diagnosed via an x-ray.
  2. Can be treated successfully only with surgical removal.
  3. Can be caused by liver disease.
  4. None of the above are true.

H. Marijuana toxicity in dogs can cause:

  1. Urine leakage
  2. Dilated pupils
  3. Heart rhythm abnormalities
  4. All of the above

I look forward to your responses. In one week, I will provide my preferred answers to these questions along with the name of the winner of the book drawing.

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 http://www.speakingforspot.com 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 www.speakingforspot.com, Amazon.com, local bookstores, and your favorite online book seller.

 

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28 Comments on “Are You Smarter Than a Vet Student?: Honoring Pet Health Awareness Month

  1. a – 2
    b – 3
    c – 3
    d – 4
    e – 2
    f – 4
    g – 1
    h – 4

  2. argggg
    can you please correct my response to show E: 4… none of the above?

  3. I love these quizzes!

    PS Who had the 24 year old dog and how’d they do THAT??!!??

    A-2
    B-3
    C-4
    D. 4
    E. 2
    F. 4
    G.4
    H. 4

  4. A – 2
    B – 2
    C – 1
    D – 4
    E – 4
    F – 4
    G – 2
    H – 4

  5. A. The Bordetella (kennel cough) vaccine: Is a “noncore vaccination,” meaning it should be given only to dogs with significant exposure to kennel cough.

    B. The size and color of a canine skin growth: Do not predict whether the growth is benign or malignant.

    C. A 2013 study showed that, amongst 7,827 dogs ranging in age from 1 to 24 years, the percentage that had significant abnormalities on routine blood testing was: 31%

    D. Vomiting can be caused by: All of these.

    E. Dogs can transmit the following diseases directly to people: None of these.

    F. Excessive panting in dogs can be caused by: All of the above.

    G. Bladder stones in dogs: None of the above are true.

    H. Marijuana toxicity in dogs can cause: All of the above.