Health Benefits of Pet Ownership
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Your pet can boost your health but would you recognize signs that your furry friend may be sick? Test your healthy pet smarts.

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Question 1 of 20 Correct

True or false: Heart attack survivors who are also pet owners live longer.

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The correct answer is: This is true. A study of heart attack survivors found that the survival rate within one year of the heart attack was higher for pet owners than non-pet owners. It didn't matter what kind of pet the person owned, either -- dog, cat, bird or iguana.

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Question 2 of 20 Correct

Which of these is a health benefit of having pets?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Pet owners have lower blood pressure and lower low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol levels. Also, pet owners seem to suffer fewer headaches, cold sores and other chronic infections.

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Question 3 of 20 Correct

True or false: Pet owners have a higher sense of self-esteem than non-pet owners.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Pet owners have a better self-esteem and do not have as many bouts of depression as non-pet owners.

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Question 4 of 20 Correct

True or false: Dog owners are more physically fit than non-dog owners.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Studies show that dog owners are more active and healthier than people who do not have dogs. In fact, a study from the University of Missouri-Columbia found that people who walked 20 minutes a day, 5 days a week with their dog lost an average of 14 pounds in a year.

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Question 5 of 20 Correct

Which of the following pets is not allergenic?

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The correct answer is: Frogs and other amphibians and reptiles aren't allergenic.

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Question 6 of 20 Correct

True or false: You can catch a cold from your dog.

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The correct answer is: This is false. The viruses that cause colds for humans are different from that of dogs. However, if you are ill and give it to your dog, and that dog licks someone else, the dog can pass your illness to another person.

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Question 7 of 20 Correct

Caring for a cat reduces your risk of which condition?

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The correct answer is: Caring for a cat is associated with a lower risk of heart attack, stroke and other related cardiovascular diseases.

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Question 8 of 20 Correct

True or false: Your dog can help you snack less.

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The correct answer is: This is true. If you kennel your dog every time you get out a snack for yourself, you'll soon find you're snacking less often. Kenneling the dog before you eat makes you take a few minutes break to determine if you really need a dish of ice cream or a handful of cookies an hour before dinner.

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Question 9 of 20 Correct

True or false: Pregnant women should avoid contact with pet rodents to prevent exposure to a virus that can cause birth defects.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Pregnant women should avoid contact with pet rodents to prevent exposure to lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus, which is a virus that can cause birth defects.

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Question 10 of 20 Correct

True or false: Pets pose an increased risk of tripping for older adults.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Frisky young pets running around feet present an additional fall risk to older individuals.

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Question 11 of 20 Correct

True or false: Growing up with pets at home increases a child's risk of developing allergies.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Children raised in a house with two or more dogs or cats during the first year of life may be less likely to develop allergic diseases compared with children raised without pets.

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Question 12 of 20 Correct

True or false: Infants who are exposed to cats from a young age are less likely to develop asthma as they age.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Exposure to high levels of cat allergens during infancy can actually protect children against developing asthma. There is one exception, however: If the mother has asthma, then a cat in the home actually triples the risk that a child will develop early indications of asthma.

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Question 13 of 20 Correct

True or false: Allowing your dog to sleep in your bed puts you at increased risk of contracting MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus).

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The correct answer is: This is true. Letting your pets sleep in your bed or excessively lick your face can lead to your contracting diseases such as MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus), meningitis and possibly even the plague. These diseases are classified as Zoonoses, or diseases or infections transmitted from animals to humans.

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Question 14 of 20 Correct

Allergies to animals are really allergies to what?

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The correct answer is: People allergic to animals really have an allergy to their dander and, with some animals, their saliva.

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Question 15 of 20 Correct

Which of these symptoms may indicate your pet is sick?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Symptoms your pet may be sick include loss of appetite; gaining or losing a lot of weight quickly; trouble getting up or down; drinking a lot of water; and being sluggish and tired. If your animal begins exhibiting any of these symptoms, make an appointment with your veterinarian.

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Question 16 of 20 Correct

Which medical treatment is important to keep up-to-date for your pet?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. It's important you keep up with your pet's vaccines, deworming and flea and tick control medicines. Regular veterinary visits are essential to good pet health. By keeping your pet healthy, you keep yourself and your family healthy.

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Question 17 of 20 Correct

True or false: It's okay to give bones from the table as a special treat for your dog.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Chewing on a bone can cause your dog to suffer broken teeth, mouth or tongue injuries, blocked esophagus, constipation and severe bleeding. Shards of bone can also get stuck in your dog's teeth and in his lower jaw or stomach, which may cause a punctured intestine or even death.

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Question 18 of 20 Correct

Which of these common household products is potentially lethal to your pets?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Fabric softener sheets, liquid potpourri and toilet bowl cleaners are all potentially harmful to your pet. Other common household items that may be dangerous to your pet include: antifreeze, ice melting products, insecticides and swimming pool chemicals.

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Question 19 of 20 Correct

True or false: To avoid possible Salmonella contamination, you should remove dry pet food from its original bag and store it in a plastic container.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Store dry pet food in its original bag inside a clean, dedicated plastic container with a lid, keeping the top of the bag folded closed.

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Question 20 of 20 Correct

True or false: It's important to wash your hands after you touch your pet.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Many pets, such as dogs, cats, reptiles, rodents and birds, carry germs that can be spread from animals to humans. Always wash hands thoroughly with soap and water right after touching a pet, their housing, food or treats or anything that comes in contact with them or the areas where they live.

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