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What should I do if I catch my cat eating a poisonous plant?

Just a thought. If I were to catch on of my cats eating a plant that I know is poisonous to cats (e.g. travelling over christmas and they found a poinsettia). Is there something that I should do to ...
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Are there laws in the US that would prevent a person from keeping neighborhood cats out of their yard?

In an answer to another question, it was mentioned that Germany has a law forbidding people from keeping their neighbor's cats from entering their yard. Assuming that's true, are there any similar ...
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Why would a cat lick (groom?) her toy?

My cat loves to play with fake mice on strings. Sometimes, when she catches one of them, instead of biting or "killing" (attacking with her back feet) it, she holds it in her front legs and starts ...
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Why is my rat drooling and opening its mouth? Is it choking?

My rat is behaving oddly, opening her mouth and pulling back her ears. There is a thick, mucus-like liquid coming from her mouth. What could this be, and how can I help her?
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Motion-induced dizziness in cats

Humans can become dizzy by spinning around quickly. Small children will occasionally do this on purpose, for the thrill. However, intentional dizziness inducing behavior is (as far as I am aware) ...
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What breeds of dog would be unable to jump a meter high fence? [on hold]

Due to restrictions I am not allowed to have a fence higher than 1m at my property. Since we would like to get a pet dog that cannot escape the yard. Is there a list somewhere of dogs that would ...
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How often should cats eat?

Is it better to leave the bowl always with food, or to put it when it's "time to eat"? My cat has her bowl available 24/7 and I'm starting to worry that she might become obese. She seems to eat very ...
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Is it okay to talk to a dog?

I'm a divorced guy and I always talk to my dog. I praise him when he does something good and he likes it. When he does something bad, I talk to him in a strict voice. Also I tell him some stories time ...
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What is the appropriate first aid for a cat nosebleed?

My cat Hunter apparently had a nosebleed tonight. He was sneezing fine droplets of blood, and had long strands of bloody boogers hanging from his nose. The blood was fresh (bright red, not the deeper ...
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Dog knows to stop on leash but still pulls

My dog understands that when he pulls we stop and he comes and sits by my side. But then he pulls right after that and then will come to me. So he knows what to respond with when I stop him from ...
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My rabbit just had babies and isn’t feeding them

So we just added 3 more rabbits (birth) to the place but our rabbit isn't feeding them. I've had to give them milk for the past week and a half. I've monitored the place with camera's but she's not ...
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My rabbit just had babies and they are dying. What can I do?

I'm wondering what I am doing wrong. The mother, who is two years old, was in the great condition for giving babies. But, the babies started dying when they were 1 week old. The litter was 3 kits, and ...
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My dog pees whilst we eat

I got a rescue dog from Spain in Aug.. he's great and is toilet trained but he likes to beg and watch us whilst we're eating so I started putting him out in the hall. Problem is he pees in 3/4 ...
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How can I stop my new rescue cat from eating my older cat's food?

I now own 2 cats; my older cat (8 yrs) is a medium maine coon with 3 legs, very sweet and very docile. I've had him for over a year and he has become the love of my life - the perfect cat in many ...
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Why is it important to clean a tortoise's shell?

I have this tortoise "Jabuti" (Red-footed tortoise), for like 20 years, his shell was never cleaned because he always lived in the garden with mud. I have read about tortoise care suggesting to clean ...
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Is it safe to store bird seed in plastic trash bags? (Inside those big yellow cat litter bins)

My wife loves her bird feeders. The problem with this is that we either store bird seed outside and the birds get to it, making a big paper mess, or we store it inside. Storing it inside, we have to ...
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If my pet has a litter, should I avoid getting my scent on the babies?

I think answers to this question can be agnostic of pet species. So I am asking the general question, if my pet who is member of my family has a litter should I avoid touching them and getting my ...
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Is a cat walk worth trying?

I have a 6 month old male kitten and he loves going for long car rides (4 hours is no big deal for him when we travel home) and is so curious about outside watching us from the window and the ...
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How can I tell if a cat is depressed?

My cat is awake most of the night, when none of the family is, and asleep -- seemingly resigned -- during most of the day. I feel sorry for him. Wouldn't he be lonely at night? He used to like ...
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Should I cheer my puppy when he stops doing a bad thing after I command him “NO!”?

Will it confuse my puppy if I first say "NO!" when he's doing something bad and after that cheer him? Should positive motivation be used in such cases at all? What should be the delay between "NO!" ...
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will my rabbit return to her 3 kits, she jumped out of her hutch while feeding her

My pet female bunny had 3 kits in her hutch that she has been taking good care of. They are 10 days old. However, she accidently jumped out while I was feeding her and I can't catch her. Will she ...
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Taking care correctly tortoise jabuti [on hold]

I have tortoise "jabuti" type 20 years, I have read so many times about to raise them properly and I couldn't find a good answer what I'm looking for: Is it a good place to put him in the garden ...
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My cat vomited an object a few hours ago, what should I do now?

My 4-month old kitten vomited 2 times today, approximately 8-9 hours ago. The first time, nothing except a clearish fluid came up, but the second time (about an hour later), an elongated (stretched ...
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Why is my Staffordshire Terrier losing hair around his mouth?

My 6 year old Staffordshire Terrier is losing hair around his mouth. This has happened before except he lost all the hair around his right eye. The vet took a scraping and there were no increased ...
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What are chinchillas allergic to?

I have read that pine shavings are generally considered safe for animals, but not so for chinchillas. And on this link that aspen also isn't good for some chinchillas - "Spruce is an another ...
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How to occupy a bored dog when we're not around?

I've got a 1.5 year old dog who is getting restless when we're at work which is leading to some destructive chewing. She gets through dog puzzles in no time and frozen kongs within a half hour after ...
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How to correct my dog's behavior: he only poops when I'm not watching

I live in an apartment and my dog is able to pee on the potty pad almost consistently. However, when it comes to pooping, he only does it when I'm not watching. I think this is a byproduct of me ...
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How often should one wash a pet's (dog or cat) food bowl?

Should it be washed every time they empty the food bowl? Every few days? Does it depend on the species? Are there any dangers to not washing the food bowl at a more regular time than the recommended?
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Can my Puppy Catch a Human Virus?

My girlfriend and I recently rescued an 8-week old puppy (may be slightly younger). She and her kids have all come down with a nasty virus of some sort -- they have fevers and other gross symptoms ...
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Basset Hound ate 1lb of frozen beef from counter

Last night our dog pinched 1lb frozen beef off the HIGH counter while we were out shopping, and did not leave a crumb. I know dogs are fine eating the raw beef but will this have any lasting effects ...
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What is wrong with my fantail goldfish - Red Spot on Bum

I have a fantail fish which has a small red spot on his/her bum, and I have noticed one of the other fish has been chasing it. I have had the fish together for many years now & do regular 10% ...
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If my pet is lactose intolerant does that mean they can't have any dairy products?

According to Wikipedia most mammals stop producing or decrease production of Lactase after weening. Lactase is essential to the complete digestion of whole milk. Lactase breaks down lactose, a ...
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How do I get my dog to stop scratching himself raw?

My dog has a skin condition or allergy that is causing him to scratch and nibble at himself quite often. I know it's normal for a dog to occasionally scratch himself or lick certain areas, but his ...
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How to get dog's attention?

Very likely to be a duplicate, but was unable to find similar question. I have a 8mo Corgi/Toy Australian Shepard puppy for about 3 months already. He's doing well with the SIT command. However, I ...
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Are there any health concerns for Birman cats?

I'm considering buying a Birman kitten (not in the near future, but in prospect), and I can't find any info on genetic diseases and other health issues connected with this breed. Sites and breeders ...
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Bloated, hiding and rapid breathing danio

I was wondering if anyone can give any advice about one of my danios. It is a little bloated and keeps hiding in the plants. At one point I noticed it was breathing rapidly. In my tank I also have 3 ...
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What is the chance of two kittens being introduced and housed together without improving their lives?

We already have a seven-month old kitten, and we're thinking of adopting a new kitten around the same age. I understand that for some adult cats, even if you take all the right precautions in ...
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If a cat hasn't played much for the last couple of days, and has spent of most of his time sleeping — should one be worried?

Observations: cat has only played once, half-heartedly, each day, for the last two days cat still is quite social cat was neutered a little more than a month ago cat has spent much of its "free ...
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Is it safe to give my rats pig ears and marrow bone?

Can I give my rats stuff from the butchers. like marrowbone, pigs ears etc.? Obviously, without added salt, flavourings etc. What about meal worms or live foods?
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What is the best shape for a cat's food bowl?

I have noticed that while my cat eats, he has trouble getting his food pellets into his mouth, perhaps because of the shape of the food bowl? The food bowl I use is a small, circular, flat bottomed ...
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Helping my dog through a breakup

My girlfriend and I have been having some troubles lately, and I'm pretty sure we're going to break up in the next month. Does anyone have any suggestions for how to best help my dog through the ...
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How can you tell the difference between a male or female banjo catfish?

I recently added two banjo catfish to my tank, and just out of curiosity, I was wondering how I would determine the sex of them?
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Are dogs sensitive to star anise's smell?

I have just read (in Polish) a 1985 crime novel (very weak), by Norwegian author Gert Nygårdshaug. It seems, that it wasn't translated to English (but, that's not a problem). Its original title is ...
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Are retractable leashes hazardous enough to prohibit use if used responsibly by the pet owner?

Are there any dangers that a user of retractable leashes should know about that don't involve misuse by the owner and/or can't be prevented by responsible owner use? I've heard plenty of horror ...
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Does snow kill fleas?

Our rabbits live indoors, but during the nice months we take them camping and to other outdoor activities. To protect them we give Revolution Flea & Tick during the 6 months of outdoor weather. ...
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How can I show a cat that I am unhappy with one of their actions?

Sometimes, my cat paws me while playing, with his nails out, and it hurts. Sometimes, he's a jerk and doesn't let me brush off litter dust from his paws. If I say ow, and make a sad face, he ...
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Does Feline Ringworm turn black and crusty when healing?

My cat developed ringworm after receiving shots at a Feline Rescue Facility. The treated area has turned black, and is raised and very crusty ~ is this part of the normal healing process?
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What are the risks to metacam with a cat?

My cat Ginger was recently diagnosed with arthritis. The vet gave us metacam for her, but I read on the web that the FDA has a black box warning to not give it to cats. What are the risks and/or ...
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How can I help an older cat with arthritis?

Ginger is an 11 year old spayed female cat who is slightly overweight (and has been more severely overweight previously so still carries the extra skin). She's recently been walking stiffly around ...
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When my leopard gecko sheds he can't see, is that okay?

When Rocky, my leopard gecko, sheds it seems like the last thing to come off is the skin on his face, head, and eyes. It looks like he can't see at all! Is this okay?

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