Health Benefits of Pet Ownership
Advertisement
Advertisement

How Pets Keep You Healthy

Did you know that your pet can help you lose weight -- and even sniff out sickness? Test your pet smarts with our quiz.

Begin Quiz
How Pets Keep You Healthy
How Pets Keep You Healthy
Question 1 of 20 Correct

In addition to having less stress, pet owners also. . .

Correct! Sorry, that’s incorrect.

The correct answer is: If your kid is confused by his multiplication tables, try adding a pooch to the family! One experiment found that pet owners made fewer errors in math calculations when their pets were in the room.

How Pets Keep You Healthy
Question 2 of 20 Correct

When coping with stress, are you better off with a friend or a pet by your side?

Correct! Sorry, that’s incorrect.

The correct answer is: For both pet owners and non-pet owners, having a spouse or friend close by during a stressful situation can actually make the stress response worse, according to the same experiment as above. Having a pet nearby instead may significantly decrease the stress response.

How Pets Keep You Healthy
Question 3 of 20 Correct

What is the best way to run with your dog?

Correct! Sorry, that’s incorrect.

The correct answer is: Run at your dog's pace. While he can probably run at your pace, it's best to try to match his stride. If your dog is faster than you, consider riding a bike to match his pace. If, on the other hand, your dog has a hard time keeping up, then slow down slightly to a power walk.

How Pets Keep You Healthy
Question 4 of 20 Correct

Is it safe to take a puppy for a run?

Correct! Sorry, that’s incorrect.

The correct answer is: For puppies, running should be restricted to play time only. Growing dogs are at risk for injury if they're pushed too hard.

How Pets Keep You Healthy
Question 5 of 20 Correct

At what age is it safe for your dog to join you on runs?

Correct! Sorry, that’s incorrect.

The correct answer is: Wait until your dog is at least a year old before taking him for runs with you. Some vets suggest waiting until the pooch is 18 to 24 months old.

How Pets Keep You Healthy
Question 6 of 20 Correct

How much weight do dog owners lose on average in a year?

Correct! Sorry, that’s incorrect.

The correct answer is: Becoming a dog owner can help you lose weight: A study from the University of Missouri-Columbia found that people who walked 20 minutes a day, five days a week with their dog lost an average of 14 pounds in a year.

How Pets Keep You Healthy
Question 7 of 20 Correct

After getting a dog, how quickly may you experience health benefits?

Correct! Sorry, that’s incorrect.

The correct answer is: Medical research shows that becoming a new dog owner results in both immediate and long-lasting health improvements. In one study, dog owners experienced a 50 percent decrease in minor health problems after just one month of ownership. This benefit was maintained after six months.

How Pets Keep You Healthy
Question 8 of 20 Correct

Dog owners squeeze in at least ___ minutes of extra walking per day.

Correct! Sorry, that’s incorrect.

The correct answer is: Dog owners fit in 20 or more minutes of walking every day, which helps them get their daily dose of sunshine, boosts their mood and gives them the stress-busting benefits of being outdoors.

How Pets Keep You Healthy
Question 9 of 20 Correct

A dog may be able to detect lung cancer in its owner by smelling…

Correct! Sorry, that’s incorrect.

The correct answer is: Researchers in Germany followed a program that trained dogs to detect the smell of a lung cancer waste product. The German dogs could smell a person's breath and correctly identify lung cancer 93 percent of the time.

How Pets Keep You Healthy
Question 10 of 20 Correct

Which of the following diseases can dogs also potentially detect?

Correct! Sorry, that’s incorrect.

The correct answer is: Studies have demonstrated that dogs are able to detect all of the above cancers with an accuracy rate of 88 to 97 percent. This is because malignant tumors exude tiny amounts of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that aren't present in healthy tissue. Dogs can sniff out each one in concentration as dilute as just a few parts per trillion. Dogs' ability to smell VOCs may lead to a new test to detect cancer.

How Pets Keep You Healthy
Question 11 of 20 Correct

What other disease can a dog smell?

Correct! Sorry, that’s incorrect.

The correct answer is: Cancer isn't the only disease with a canine-detectable odor. Some specially trained dogs can smell a change in blood sugar levels and the presence of ketones (toxic acids in the bloodstream that signal low insulin or high blood sugar), and then alert their owners or others to a potential diabetic seizure. Dogs can also be trained to detect changes in behavior; recognize the onset of high blood pressure, a heart attack and epileptic seizure; and get a person the help they need.

How Pets Keep You Healthy
Question 12 of 20 Correct

Dogs can make wonderful companions for seniors. Which of the following breeds would be the best choice?

Correct! Sorry, that’s incorrect.

The correct answer is: If a senior is physically, mentally and financially able to have a dog, a mild-mannered breed such as a Border Collie or a Sheltie is a safe bet. Hunting or bird dogs whose nature it is to roam, as well as dogs with a tendency toward aggressive and high-risk behaviors, are better avoided.

How Pets Keep You Healthy
Question 13 of 20 Correct

Which pet has shown to offer its owners a greater boost in health?

Correct! Sorry, that’s incorrect.

The correct answer is: Interestingly, researchers have found that dog owners experience greater improvement in health than cat owners, and the benefits from dogs last longer than those seen with cats. Man's best friend, indeed?

How Pets Keep You Healthy
Question 14 of 20 Correct

Simply petting and talking to your dog can decrease anxiety levels by what percent?

Correct! Sorry, that’s incorrect.

The correct answer is: In one study of college students, anxiety levels dropped by about 10 percent when the students were allowed to pet and talk to a dog. Dogs also provide a buffer against bad health effects from stress: Dog owners are less likely to need attention for medical complaints during times of stress compared with non-owners.

How Pets Keep You Healthy
Question 15 of 20 Correct

Owning a dog can help decrease a child's risk of which disease?

Correct! Sorry, that’s incorrect.

The correct answer is: Scientists believe the microbes associated with dog dust may take up residence in kids' intestines, boosting their resistance to asthma.

How Pets Keep You Healthy
Question 16 of 20 Correct

Which of the following could you catch from your pet?

Correct! Sorry, that’s incorrect.

The correct answer is: If your dog sneezes, no need to worry about the cold germs flying. But ringworm, roundworm, salmonella and scabies can all be passed from your pet to you if you aren't careful. Make sure you avoid contact with your pet's feces and keep her well-groomed.

How Pets Keep You Healthy
Question 17 of 20 Correct

True or false: It's safe to kiss your dog on his face.

Correct! Sorry, that’s incorrect.

The correct answer is: This is true. As mentioned above, you cannot catch a cold, mono or a cold sore from your dog, so it's perfectly okay to give Fido a little smooch. Dogs do carry some germs, though, so avoid contact between your pet's saliva and any open wounds.

How Pets Keep You Healthy
Question 18 of 20 Correct

True or false: It's impossible to develop allergies to your pet over time.

Correct! Sorry, that’s incorrect.

The correct answer is: Unfortunately, this is false. Over time it's quite easy to develop allergies to pets, particularly if you sleep with your furry friend. If you wake up with a stuffy nose every day, it could be a sign that your pet needs its own, dedicated sleeping spot, away from yours.

How Pets Keep You Healthy
Question 19 of 20 Correct

Which feline pet accessory is dangerous to new moms?

Correct! Sorry, that’s incorrect.

The correct answer is: The parasite Toxoplasma gondii is frequently found in cat litter and has been linked to suicide risk in new moms. Toxoplasma can also affect fetuses. So it's important for pregnant women and new moms to hand litter-box duty over to someone else.

How Pets Keep You Healthy
Question 20 of 20 Correct

Which of these is NOT something a dog will do when he is bored?

Correct! Sorry, that’s incorrect.

The correct answer is: You can learn a lot from your dog. For example, when dogs get bored, they don't look to their food bowl. Instead, they get active. So the next time you're bored, don't reach for the potato chips. Get active—maybe even by walking the dog!

How Pets Keep You Healthy
Congratulations!

You got out of 20 correct. You're a health wiz!

How Pets Keep You Healthy
Good try!

You got out of 20 correct. Learn more about Health Benefits of Pet Ownership to improve your score.

How Pets Keep You Healthy
Better luck next time!

You got out of 20 correct. Learn more about Health Benefits of Pet Ownership to improve your score.