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Questions tagged [death]

The demise of a beloved pet. Includes dealing with the remains of the pet, burial procedures and coping with the death of the pet.

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Is it normal for a dog to eat it's dead puppies when giving birth?

I was following the progress of a pregnant dog. When she gave birth the owner said two of the pups were born dead and she ate them. I'd never heard of this and a dog breeder told me this was normal. ...
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Have an older cat that lost her sister and now meows all the time, why?

We adopted both cats from the shelter on the same day. The younger one was 1 year old or so and the other was closer to 2 years old the vet said. We had them for 14 years and they really didn’t play ...
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Snake died suddenly. I have no idea what happened

My pet ball python (i’d had him for about 3 months now) was fine last night. I got him from a reptile expo back in december from a breeder. I cleaned his cage with a vinegar and water solution and put ...
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What is that white spot on my goldfish? [duplicate]

Its been like a few days since it showed up, how do i treat it, Im tight on budget, also my red fish passed away today, and yesterdaay i bought this aquarium with filter, the capacity was 6l on old ...
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My cat is not eating or drinking anything after the death of the fellow cat

It's been three days since one of my kittens died. And since that day my other cat is not eating or drinking anything. I am afraid that he will get weak and ill. Please suggest to me what to do to ...
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Parakeet sudden death, trying to figure out cause

My stepdaughter had a young (less than a year old) parakeet that was in a cage. She allowed her cat into her room and the cat toppled the cage off of her nightstand, making it flip over once with the ...
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Am I losing my cat?

So my cat is very lovable. We recently had a bad flea infestation in the house because of construction. I mean we had everything bad. So about a week ago I noticed that he had fleas, we had given him ...
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My snake died suddenly

I have 2 baby corn snakes and I fed them both about three days ago. I went to check on them today and I found one of them dead with only his head buried. I don’t know how this could have happened and ...
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Border Collie mix reacts to death of other family dog

Several weeks ago I was outside working in the yard when I heard our border collie mix barking like crazy. I immediately went in to see what was going on. I found our 11-year-old beagle mix lying ...
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My rabbit died yesterday not sure if its Heart Attack or maggots

Hi My rabbit died yesterday< I had him for 5 years. I noticed the rabbit was full of poop (poop stuck to his bottom?). He had been attacked by flies and the vet removed the visible maggots. The ...
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Massive koi pond death non apparent reason--Need help!

I am still experiencing unresolved problems......Shortly after 5/1/2018, I lost all of my koi due to a huge ammonia spike > 8.0ppm I did multiple water changes to no avail, including a 100% water ...
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Why is my crested gecko is trying to burrow and eat soil?

A few months back my gecko lost his tail, as of recently his behavior has changed. He used to climb high up and stay there, now he is now on the ground and digging himself in the soil. He has even ...
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Kitten is suddenly paralyzed, refuses to eat and leaves

We had adopted a feral kitten, It was very difficult to get her into our control as she would be scared if we tried to hold her but we continued to keep her food outside so that she eats it. After ...
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When to euthanize a sick goldfish? [duplicate]

This poor guy, purportedly a lionhead, has been bloated like this for a month. He was lying upside down so I did feed him some cooked peas which might have helped but now there's a large red patch on ...
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What do I do with my dead fish? [duplicate]

I came home earlier to find that my fish had died. I wasn't expecting this to happen as he was supposed to live for a really long time. So this is a situation that wasn't thought about much. I do not ...
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My cat is not eating, will he starve to death?

I have older cat that is suffering from chronic renal failure. He is refusing to eat and growing thin and weak. Will he just starve to death? Is that the way a cat with this illness dies?
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Goldfishes died first night

We bought 3 small gold fishes from Walmart last night. We poured some tap water in the tank and waited for the Clorine to release (after 2 hours), we put them in with their water (initially in the ...
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What factors should I use to decide when its time to euthanize my elderly cat with kidney disease?

I am stuck with a decision of life or euthanize my 18 year old cat. Should I leave her be or euthanize her now? My cats kidney are bad, but not shut down yet. My cat still drinks water and eats food. ...
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Blind disease in Hens

It's rainy season here. The hens and cocks are affected by a type of disease in the eyes. The eyes remain closed and swollen. The hens remain motionless and eventually die. It is spreading to other ...
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what makes the baby rabbit get swollen stomach and at what stage do one separate them from their mother? [duplicate]

am having seventeen baby rabbit and two left now. I have lost fifteen. please what is the course?
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Do the skin scales developing on my dead kitten provide any clues to what may have caused its death?

Main details: An orphaned kitten in my care recently passed away. Early on, it was what I've seen described as one of those "fading kittens" -- crying all the time, glassy/watery eyes. I've read ...
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Found my dog laying in street, what happened

I let my dog out for what seemed only a few mins, maybe less then 10 min. I had been training him to stay in the yard, but I was so busy doing laundry, I thought I'll let him out really quick and put ...
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What to do after the passing of my rat?

Yesterday my 2-year-old fancy rat Paul passed away. He was black and white and had a bubbly personality, he LOVED food and loved to explore and run around. He had a nice life and was acting like usual....
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Life of dog after loosing her companion from birth

I had two German shepards. Daisy and Dalmi. Daisy was Dalmi's Mother. From birth Dalmi was living with a companion, Her mother, Daisy. Though me and my family is also a part of their life, still I ...
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What to do you after a cat dies? [duplicate]

I've tried googling online about what you do with the body and who you contact, but i haven't gotten clear answers. What to do you after a cat dies? Who do you contact and what happens to the body?
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Preventive Medical Care

I would like to know about free or low cost medical care for my pet cats. I am on a low fixed income and I need to provide care for them. One of my cats was not feeling well and I could not afford to ...
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Helping dog recover from death of his brother

Two dogs. Both adopted when they were puppies from a rescue organization roughly 9 years ago. Dogs grew up together, slept together in a large dog bed, pretty much best of friends entire life. Few ...
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Dog cancer treatment options

I have a really old dog,about fourteen or so,covered in tumors. I got her when I was four. I'm 18 now. She's gotten progressively worse lately. As in,within the past month or so, new tumors have ...
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Cat's behaviour when dying

I have heard that cats tend to stop eating, and crawl under a couch or bed when they are dying. Understandably, I am now irrationally terrified every time my cat spends more than 1/2 an hour under a ...
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My rabbit just died but she leaves behind a bonded sister of 7 years. How can I help her cope?

My rabbit just died but she leaves behind a bonded sister of 7 years. The rabbit who died has always been interested and friendly with us but her sister has always been very tentative and shy with ...
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Why are my Baby bunnies Dying?

I adopted two male rabbits from a friend of mine. (Her children were over them). I have had them all winter (In Wyoming) and they have been great. 3 weeks ago I found a baby bunny in the bottom of the ...
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How to spend the last week with your dog

My mom told me on Saturday that our dog Max has cancer and internal bleeding caused by a ruptured spleen. We'll put him to sleep on Friday, January 29th. I want his last week to be happy, how can I ...
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Fish eating dead fish with columnaris

My tank recently had a small outbreak of columnaris (my fault since I didn't use a QT tank for new fish) The disease surprisingly and thankfully did not spread to any other fish that I know of except ...
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Can bonded rabbits die of loneliness?

When rabbits are bonded they form a very strong relationship. When that bond is broken through physical separation or death of one the partner I have heard that they can die from loneliness. The ...
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Do old dogs run away to die?

I asked this question on but haven't received an answer, so I thought I would try here also. My dog passed away a few days ago. He ran away from home early in the morning, and by the time we found ...
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Pet rats companion died and was canibalized, is now alone

About 4 months ago I bought two young-ish female rats, Star and Blaze. The store said they were the same litter but their coloring and size as they grew leads me to believe that may not have been the ...
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Why might Chameleons die soon after being brought home?

A co-worker mentioned they bought a Chameleon but after that weekend said it died. This week she got another one and said that it also died, this time within 4 hours of being brought home. Is this a ...
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Snake died, unsure of the cause

I keep two baby carts in a twenty gallon task together, they are both female and have always gotten along just fine. I found them in their hide cuddling frequently,etc. I feed them both a pinkie every ...
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Have there been cases of cat owners in high rise apartments being legally required to install screen (safety nets) on windows?

Sure, cat owners should worry about their cats jumping out the window. I'm concerned with negligent/irresponsible cat owners. For example, what if I see my neighbor's cat everyday on an open window ...
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What to do when my pet rat passes away?

My rat was euthanised today and I am unsure what to do to help her cagemates feel better about it. Can they even understand death? Will they grieve?
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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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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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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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I found my dog on the side of the road, should I leave him there, or take him and bury him?

This is sad, and horrible, but I found my dog dead on the shoulder of the highway last night, and I don't know whether I should just leave him there and let nature dispose of what's left, or try to.. ...
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How do I ease the passing of my betta?

My Betta is 5 and a half years old. And I am deeply saddened and distressed at his state. I know he is old. It has a slew of health problems. As of late however I noticed that his bladder has failed ...
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Are fish able to understand when one will be dying soon?

I had a really old tetra fish, who was getting weak, and the other fish were helping him get food, and were supporting him whenever he was swimming around. A few days later the fish died. Is there ...
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What should I consider when looking at pet cremation?

We have been talking about what to do when one of our pets die. We both find cremation to be a good final choice. I did some internet searching for pet cremation and find there are a lot of options ...
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My corn snake died just after feeding. What are the possible causes?

I just fed my 2 corn snakes five live hoppers each about 5 hours ago. I like to leave them in their feeding boxes for a while to make sure they eat everything. I went back to put them back in their ...
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How deep should I bury my pet (should I rebury)?

A little morbid, but my rabbit died last night, and since the ground in my yard was frozen I could only manage to a dig a foot deep. The rabbit is not wrapped in anything, and there is roughly 3-4" of ...
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How can I tell whether my dog was euthanized in a painful fashion?

Last year, I took my 17-year old dog to be euthanized. My dog was severely arthritic and incontinent, fairly deaf, but otherwise in decent health. I decided to put it to sleep because I felt the dog's ...