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Dog had a dog-reactive issue with foster mom. Been with me six weeks now, want to introduce to neighbor's dog face-to-face

My dog, a 75-ish pounds 1.5YO male Lab/Boxer/whoknowswhatmix, apparently liked his foster mom's dog, but no other, to the point of seriously injuring her friend's dog apparently. Given that he liked ...
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How is the vaccination schedule for dogs determined?

My dog's (1) vet diary shows a regular vaccination schedule for 3 things: Distemper / Hepatitis Parvo / Corona / Leptosspirosis / Parainfluenza (9 in one; injection) — Once every year. Anti-Rabies ...
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Best small pet for a fairly small space in a bedroom [on hold]

Basically, I've been thinking of buying myself a small pet to put in my room. The problem is, i have an very tiny room, and the only real place i can put it is in a corner next to my wardrobe and the ...
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Should I be worried about dog coughing (with heart murmur and congestive heart failure)?

My dog has had a heart murmur since birth. He is now nine years old and is a Chihuahua. He has the beginnings of congestive heart failure since he is getting some fluid in his lungs. He is currently ...
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Help! My cat pees on everything! [on hold]

I have an eight year old female cat named Twinkie. My cat has been with us since she was a baby and she pees on everything. I mean everything!!!! Now she is confined to my one bedroom and is doing ...
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Is pumpkin harmful to cats?

After carving a jack-o-lantern, one of my cats decided that he liked the texture of pumpkin. Is it okay for him to be chewing on the pumpkin, or do I need to find a place for it out of his reach? ...
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Husky not eating regularly

I have a 1-year-old female Siberian Husky (~50 lbs) who has just recently became finicky about eating her food. We feed her 1.5 cups of food twice a day, which is the recommended amount from what I ...
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How do I stop my Red Nose Pitbull from barking at my neighbors cat?

My neighbors have a cat that comes into our backyard at night to sleep (so cute) but my meanie Red Nose always goes over to bark at the cat. I understand my dog is trying to protect us but this cat ...
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Can wet food cause gingivitis to cats?

I have just adopted a six month old orange tiger cat. I have never had any pets before. The rescue from which I adopted the cat, made its cats eat a lot of dry food and about a can of wet food per day ...
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Does the shape of a fish tank make any difference?

When I go to the pet store, I see fish tanks that are not only different sizes, but different shapes. For example, there are tanks that hold the same amount of water, but one could be taller than the ...
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What is the point of substrate in a fish tank?

There are many different kinds of substrates available for fish tanks (i.e. sand, gravel). I've even heard some people say they don't use any substrate for some of their tanks. Is the substrate in a ...
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Why do you need to change the water in your fish tank?

There are several posts here about the right ways and wrong ways to change water in your fish tank, and all the ways it can go wrong. Why do you need to change it? It would seem unlikely that water ...
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What will keep my nitrates low?

I am trying to give myself a buffer for water changes. Right now ammonia and nitrites are stable, and nitrates rise as expected. I'd like to know what other steps I can take to reduce the rise inn my ...
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How can I tell if my cat is pregnant?

I discovered that my cat was pregnant only a week before she give birth to kittens. What behaviors or signs could have indicated to me sooner that she was pregnant?
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Could I use mussels to filter a fish tank?

Mussels are referred to as nature's filters, because of how they siphon water to eat, and take the particles out of the water. I have a native tank set up, and I was thinking that maybe I could do ...
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Hygiene practices for working in a cat breeder

My wife is thinking of working in a breeder but we have a cat at home. They have lost cats to sickness. They have alcohol gels for hands and shoes but is there information from a reputable ...
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Leopard gecko toe fell off [closed]

My sons leopard gecko recently lost all the toes on its foot. Is there anything I need to be looking for or concerned about? Does it need to see a vet?
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How do I shop for and set up my first fish tank? [on hold]

I've decided to become a proud fish owner and want to do a little better than popping into a pet store and having a go. I'm willing to have a decent budget for it, however I don't want to go the ...
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What remaining equipment do I need for a marine aquarium? [on hold]

I want to convert my soft water aquarium into marin aquarium, but before I do that I want to make sure I have all the required equipments and few critical equipments in spare as well. I already have ...
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How to get dog to give back a bone when you have nothing better to give?

Yesterday I gave a very nice bone (apparently) to my dog, but also it was a very big one and since it's a young dog I didn't want her to eat all of it, or she'd get sick. So I've tried to do as I ...
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When entering an ASCA agility trial how do I know if I should enter Novice A or B?

I'm entering an ASCA agility trial for the first time, how do I know if I should enter Novice A or B? I am assuming that it is like AKC Novice A vs. Novice B, in that if the handler has ever titled a ...
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Is it OK to use two different sized crates for crate training?

We're about to get our first ever puppy and we have one 3 cubic foot crate and a travel crate that is maybe two thirds the size. Is it OK to use both or will this confuse the puppy? He'll probably be ...
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Why is “Blue” a traditional dog's name?

I think of "Blue" as a classic name for a bloodhound or big farm/country dog, but I can't think of why that might be. A quick search didn't turn up much for me, and I am curious how this name would ...
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Why would a cat ask to play all the time and how to satisfy her?

I have a quite energetic, 1.5 year old female cat, who used to live outside until 6 months old. We get along nicely, and I try to have play sessions with her 2-3 times a day for at least 5 minutes - ...
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If cats were introduced too quickly, can the process be started over?

I messed up and introduced a new female 7 yr old cat to my male 8 yr old cat.. They were doing fairly well, a few hisses but tolerating each other for the first few days, then my husband was ...
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How to Reduce Hissing, Fighting and Aggression Between Two Cats

Our house has become the temporary home for my daughters two cats. They have been with us for about 2 1/2 months and everything seemed to going along fine. During this initial time our daughter and ...
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Cat with chronic congestion and sneezing

We got our cat as a kitten; she's now 12. When we got her, she had a bad upper respiratory virus. She was so congested at one point, we had to hold her upside-down to get the mucus to drain out of ...
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What is the factor(s) that will cause a buck rabbit to disfigure his children?

I recently became aware of an issue that was discovered when several rabbits were rescued from a hoarding situation. I don't have all the details and many of them would be unpleasant to include here, ...
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What is the difference between first and second cut hay?

For those of us with Rabbits, Horses and other vegetarian mammals, hay is a dietary requirement. When purchased in bales, the terms 'first cut' and 'second cut' are often used. What do they mean and ...
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Cat sneezes constantly, and noticeably congested, for 3 months

My calico cat sneezes multiple times a day, releasing mucus. This began about three months ago. She is also audibly congested. Does she have an allergy? A cold that won't go away? Perhaps this seems ...
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Can unscented baby wipes be used instead of pet wipes to disinfect my dog?

NOTE: This is a follow-up of and related to my previous question — How to clean (disinfect) my dog everyday after walk? Baby wipes are used to dry bathe babies, a good way to bathe them without ...
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Probiotics to attenuate FHV-1 flare ups

I'm pretty certain my cat has had fhv-1 most his life, every few months he gets eye and nose boogers. It's generally mild and it will subside. I've had it recommended to me giving probiotics can help ...
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How can we help dog with failing vision?

Our border collie is getting old. Her eyes are beginning to fail and there are clear signs of cataracts. She seems to sometimes feel stressed when she encounters stripes of contrasting colours. ...
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Neutering my dog

Dog breed : Korean Jindo Age : 2 years 6 months Gender : Male Status : Not neutered. Never been mated. Environment : Lives in small apartment unit. Personality : Very happy when ...
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Should I be concerned about my pH being slightly high?

My tank is extremely stable and has been running solidly with no problems for about 2 years now but I noticed that my pH has always seemed to be consistently high: All other readings are as the ...
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Pet Rabbits, Double Pregnacies, and Keeping the Buck in with the Doe

In my limited experience thus far, I have found that my rabbits get along well together and show every sign of enjoying each other's company. So I would very much like to keep my buck in with the ...
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At What Age/Weight Should NZW Rabbits be bred?

Strangely, I keep reading radically different answers for when it is best to breed NZW Does. Before breeding our does, they must be at least 5 to 6 months old and a minimum of 6 to 7 pounds. - ...
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7-month old labrador has a leg injury

I have a 8-month old lab that injured his front leg after hopping down from the back of a truck before I could let him down. Since then, he has had an off-and-on limp, and I have stopped all exercise. ...
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What are good foods for brine shrimp and how to administer them?

In order to raise brine shrimp to adulthood, what sorts of food can I feed to the brine shrimp in the grow-out tank? What is the best way to administer them? I have heard that yeast and egg yolks are ...
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What should the ideal salt content of a brine shrimp grow-out tank be?

I am raising brine shrimp in a grow out tank and I normally use 1.018 specific gravity of salt in the hatchery. I have read online that the the ideal specific gravity can range from 1.018 to 1.045. ...
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Is it possible to use aquarium salt instead of marine salt to raise brine shrimp to adulthood?

In order to raise brine shrimp to adulthood, I have heard that it is better to use marine salt instead of aquarium salt in the grow-out tank. Aquarium salt (sodium chloride or NaCl) is widely used to ...
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How to clean (disinfect) my dog everyday after walk?

To give you some perspective, my dog and I go for a walk, every morning (~ 45 min) and evening (~ 30 min). We don't have any grounds nearby (only fields (1)) which means I have to walk him on streets ...
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My puppy pees inside even though I think I'm doing everything right

I have a 6 month old Shih Tzu and I feel like I am following all of the standard advice about house training him to not pee inside. I live in NYC on the 8th floor, but with a balcony. We have a crate, ...
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How can I reduce aggressive fin-nipping from serpae tetras?

I have six Serpae tetras, five rainbowfish, and one Cory cat in a 25 gallon community tank. It is heavily planted. The rainbowfish are a new addition. The tetras have been fin nipping and killing ...
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Is distilled or spring water better for fish tanks?

A recent answer suggested that if your home water supply was not used for filling a fish tank, that 'spring water (not purified water)' was preferred over distilled water. What advantages would one ...
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How to get my dog to follow me on leash?

I have a 2.5 year old Boxer/Doberman, and quite frequently while walking on-leash she will just stop walking, especially if there is a smell she really wants to check out. Sometimes, when I say her ...
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What is a safe height for a 8 week old kitten to fall from?

I want to know if it's dangerous for kittens to be playing on tables that are about waist height, or on someone's shoulder or head?
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What is a recommended amount of human contact necessary to socialize kittens?

It is well-known that some human contact including petting and touching is necessary to socialize kittens to be comfortable around humans. I have no experience with this and work a day job, what is ...
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Will kittens of a feral mom “suddenly become feral” if they are allowed outside?

Right now my neighbor has a feral cat and her litter of kittens. They are around 7-8 weeks old and she is planning to give them away. However she insists on keeping them locked in her garage of late ...
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What should I consider before giving vitamins to my pet?

I know from these two questions that I don't want to give human vitamins to my pet without talking to my vet first, so I am considering adding vitamins from the pet store to my pets diet. Can I give ...

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