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How to determine a dog's food allergy?

I believe my dog has an allergy related to food. She's 1.5 yrs old, and is an Australian Labradoodle (lab, poodle, cocker & english spaniel mix) Backstory: she sometimes vomits bile; she will ...
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Are there rescue organisations for reptiles?

In the reptile groups I'm active in, I see a number of people trying to rehome their pets or other people's. All the transactions I see are direct from person to person - sometimes direct from ...
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After getting a pet from an animal shelter, should I take it to the vet for a checkup?

After I get a dog or cat from an animal shelter, is it good practice to take it to the vet for a general-purpose checkup? Or will this have been taken care of by the shelter? I'm imagining things ...
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Do rescue animals get vaccinated?

If you get a dog or cat from an animal shelter, will it have the necessary vaccinations taken by the shelter, or is there a chance you will have to pay for and organise these yourself? On the one ...
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If I want to volunteer at a shelter, how long and often should I plan on in order to be useful?

I was once part of a group that volunteered at a shelter for an afternoon (as part of a community-service project). But that wasn't very useful to the shelter; they have mandatory training programs ...
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Other than cash (always welcome), what donations might be of the greatest use for rescue organizations?

Not everyone can afford to give money to rescue organizations, but many might have supplies and equipment from prior pets that could be of use. Are there items that are often in short supply and might ...
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What types of volunteer activites are often associated with animal rescues?

I want to help my local rescue group. I don't have any extra money but I have lots of extra time. What are some of the ways I can volunteer to help my rescue group?
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Why does this rescue group want to talk to my vet?

In filling out the application to take a new animal, the rescue group asks for information for my current veterinarian. Why do they want that information and what will they ask/tell my veterinarian?
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What are my options for re-homing my pet?

Circumstances beyond my control require that I move, and it is just not possible to take my pet with me. I have a hard move date coming up, I have contacted the no kill shelter in my area and they ...
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How accurate are personality descriptions given by a rescue organization?

When browsing pets online through many websites like Petfinder, rescue groups will list some personality characteristics (snuggler, good with kids, etc). How do they determine these personality ...
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What are the expectations of pet fosters?

I have seen several rescue organizations that have said they are looking for fosters. I know that there may be specifics for some organizations but I am really just wanting to know what in general are ...
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What can I do to get a dog to socialize with other dogs

We are a foster for rescue dogs, and this weekend we were blessed to be able to save a momma dog and her litter of 9, 6 day old puppies. The momma is a great dog, loves people, super attentive to her ...
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What are the side effects of a rabies vaccination?

I recently had my cats updated on their rabies vaccinations, and one of them started puking in the morning afterwards. I've caught that it happens after I feed him, so it's almost as if the ...
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Is getting pure breed pets from a rescue an option?

I am interested in a pure breed pet, but I also want to help save a life by getting a rescue pet. Is it possible to get a pure breed pet from a rescue? If so what are the considerations?
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How do I dispose of a dead pet?

My cat is getting old, and none of my pets are going to be around for the rest of my life. When they pass on, I think I will be too emotional to think about the logistics, so I'd like to figure out ...
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Should I be concerned about my egg bound betta?

I think my female betta is egg bound. We don't have a male, and aren't looking to breed. Do I need to be concerned or will this pass naturally? Is there anything I need to do to make sure she'll be ...
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What are safe materials for repairing a scratching post?

We have a small carpeted cat tree with a sisal/hemp covered scratching post support. The cats seem to love this scratching post more than any other, as they have torn up the sisal to where it is ...
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What breed of cat is this? [closed]

I found this photo and they look really nice, what breed of cat is it? are they photoshopped? http://square-pics.com/m/858699146268242349_19514091 Thank you, i really want them!!
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Is there any evidence to suggest that lizards can recognize a human face?

I was playing air drums next to my 2-year old Uromastyx's tank, and I noticed out of the corner of my eye that she kept glancing up and my face, despite my hands going crazy 2 feet down (almost giving ...
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1answer
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Can roadside plants absorb pollution that makes them unsafe for small animals?

Since I can't grow dandelions for my guinea pigs, I will pick them from where ever they are growing, making sure that the areas I pick them from are isolated and not close to any obvious pollution ...
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0answers
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How can I prevent my dog's nails from wearing down while providing her enough exercise?

I have an incredibly active 8 year old Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever. It's always a challenge to tire her out (she's more active than any 8 puppies I've ever met put together) Last night while ...
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My dog urinates as soon as she leaves the apartment

Introduction I have a female german shepherd that is eleven years old, she has been neutered last year due to pyometra. She has exostosis on her hind legs that sometimes cause her minor pain and ...
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How can I help my cat to enjoy, or at least accept, bathing

I have a two year old female cat. I'm used to bathe her once a week with a special shampoo for cats. Sadly, the cat never liked the bath. Instead, few times when I start preparing the bath for her ...
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Why does my dog turn in circles when he's excited?

I have a Jack Russell Terrier/Chihuahua/Corgi mix that is extremely hyper active. Whenever I do or say something that he likes and that gets him excited, he begins turning in circles (even while he's ...
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Are ultrasonic humidifiers harmful for pets?

We just bought an ultrasonic humidifier. While researching if I needed to use demineralised water, I came across a website (this one, in German) saying that ultrasonic humidifiers are harmful/annoying ...
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Blood Parrot Cichlid Behaviour

I have Two blood parrots among other kinds of fish as well, one of them hits on the other however, the aquarium is big enough (50gal) and decorated so each can have their own hiding place. Once I ...
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1answer
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Why does the colour of Neon Tetras fade when they are resting?

I was told by a friend that whenever neon tetras are resting their colors fade away. This morning I took a look at my tetras before they started moving around and the colors did in fact seem to have ...
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1answer
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What is the procedure for adopting a purebred dog in the United States?

I mean, I've had dogs before, it's not like I'm trying to get a dog for the first time in my life. The thing is, I am an immigrant, I had to leave my previous dog back home; A caucasian shepherd - a ...
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How much height is required for Amercian green tree frog habitats?

I'm looking to start a terrestrial frog terrarium that ideally wouldn't be higher than 1-1.5 feet (2.5 feet wide, 1 foot deep are hard limits). American green tree frogs seem like a good candidate ...
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1answer
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What could be causing my Basset Hound to stop sleeping through the entire night?

Our dog has been completely fine and content on a night, when he's just had the one walk and sleeps through the night almost always. However as of late, he has been getting up and wandering around ...
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1answer
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What reasons could there be for my rabbit not defecating?

My 6 year old female outdoor rabbit is free to roam for up to 8 hours a day in our large garden, but has stopped eating the grass and hay. At one point she stopped eating altogether, and the vet said ...
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1answer
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How long after neutering will a male cat continue to mark/spray territory?

I've taken in a stray cat who is an intact male. I'm estimating his age at less than 2 years, but I don't have experience with young cats. He is at the vet today and will hopefully be neutered (it ...
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Setting up planted tank questions [closed]

I have a well established 46Gal bowfront tank, with small/medium gravel. I'd like to make it more or less heavily planted. I've tried adding a few plants there before, and had some issues before. ...
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1answer
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What is the smallest pet that can safely be outside alone?

Birds of prey can be a safety risk for small pets. When we have our rabbits out in the yard we are always outside with them. As this video shows even a terrier on a leash surrounded by people is at ...
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Can cats be ticklish?

I've heard dogs have ticklish spots where they react when you tickle them there. I couldn't find any information on ticklish cats and their possible ticklish spots. My cat tends to flick his ears if ...
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How should I time feeding and watering while running amateur canicross?

I live with my 3-yo mix of labrador and golden in big city and started jogging together. For now we run 5km or maximum 10km routes about two times per week. If it matters temperatures now in my city ...
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1answer
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Could roses be used to fence a dog in?

We are looking at buying a new house and would like a large yard for our dog to play in. I've never cared for most fences aesthetically, and they are extremely expensive/difficult to install. This ...
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1answer
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Is it best to get another “companion” dog after one passes away?

We have adopted two older dogs, and eventually one will probably pass away before the other. If / when this happens (unless they pass away at the same), should we get a new "companion" dog? A couple ...
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How can I get my cat to stop pooping on the bed?

3 months ago, we brought a new cat home. She is just over a year old now, and took a couple of weeks before she was comfortable roaming our apartment. During that time, we had the litter box tucked ...
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Will it be okay for me to get a kitten when I already have two turtles?

We have a couple young pond sliders (carapaces are 12 and 9 cm long). They live in an open area which is quite accessible: a flat water container in our terrace with a basking area. When we are at ...
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Can an American Bulldog tolerate Wisconsin temperatures?

My American Bulldog spends the night indoors (not heated) but then is outside for 12 hours every day. Will my dog be okay during winter? If not, what precautions should I take?
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Why did my African Dwarf Frog repeatedly bang his head against the wall?

I had two African Dwarf frogs, and four neon tetras which are extremely calm fish. Then around 9:30 at night, one of my frogs just started banging his head against the side of the fish tank. My fish ...
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1answer
74 views

My cat hasn't pooped in 2 days, what should I do?

My cat hasn't pooped in 2 days. How long do cats typically go between pooping? How long should I wait before I take him to the vet? He is a neutered male domestic short hair, about three years old ...
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5answers
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Dog has started to fear its own shadow

we own a 10 month old pug which up until now didn't show any fear. Be it loud noises, other dogs or simply a darkness. One brave pup! Today, while out for the late walking, he started to jump and ...
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1answer
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What does conspecific mean?

Recently I saw an answer about keeping clownfish together that mentioned they were aggressive towards conspecifics. I haven't heard this term before so I don't know what it means. What is a ...
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1answer
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Why does my dog bark in a threatening manner, while it is actually afraid of the locals? [closed]

I have three questions: Why does this dog keeps on barking in a threatening manner, while it is actually afraid of the locals? Is the saying, "The dog that barks doesn't bite" ? true? If it is ...
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1answer
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Is it normal to feel the bones in a cats back legs?

I noticed just now that when I feel my cats back legs there's not a lot of flesh and I can easily distinguish both bones and the gap between them. Is this normal or something I should be concerned ...
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How do I choose a supplier where the fish are treated humanely and are likely to be healthy?

I would like to buy fish that have been treated properly before being sold. The first thing that jumps out at me is that obviously a bigger tank is better. One online resource I found essentially ...
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1answer
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What should I do if my chihuahua licked some chocolate?

My chihuahua licked some chocolate from a 41g dark chocolate bar. She licked/ate a really small amount and though I can't tell how many grams it was, it seems that it should have been less than 5 ...
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1answer
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What is a good way to spend quality time with my housemate's dog while looking after it?

Hope you'll forgive the beginner nature of this question. I am not a dog person, so I have very little knowledge or experience with dogs, and most of the information on the web seems (quite ...

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