These tests are promoted as a way to measure your "risk" of having a medical condition such as congestive heart failure (CHF). The tests are often designed in such a way that practically everyone who completes the quiz is told they have some level of risk. For an example of how this works, see: "You Must Score Better than 84% on Viagra's Sexual Health Quiz to NOT Have Signs of ED."
Now, Boehringer Ingleheim (find out how to pronounce it here) alerted me via its @boehringerus Twitter account to a new CHF risk quiz: "Is Your Dog at Risk of CHF? Visit http://ht.ly/2lpvJ for helpful information." Yes! A CHF risk quiz for your dog!
Of course, my dog can't fill out the form (maybe some day there'll be an app for that). So, I filled it out. You can choose from a number of dog breeds or just choose the politically correct choice for "mutt," ie, "Mixed breed/None of the above," which is what I did.
For symptoms, you can choose:
- lack of energy or depression
- reluctance to go for walks
- poor appetite
- difficult or fast breathing
- weight loss
- 1–6 years
- 7–12 years
- over 13 years
Your dog is at moderate risk of developing CHF.I must admit that I cheated :-( I do not actually have a dog. I just imagined I had one so I could take the quiz for him and see if he was at risk for CHF. If I did have a 13-year old dog, however, I would already know he is at risk for CHF. Thirteen dog years is equivalent to, what, 91 human years? What animal -- human or dog -- would NOT be at risk for CHF at 91 years of age?
Please visit your veterinarian for more information.
It used to be that old dogs were most often given the Kevokian option of dying with dignity. Now that there are medicines for dogs that can treat conditions like CHF, will there be laws against dog euthanasia?