Questions tagged [diseases]

Any medical condition with specific symptoms which causes pain, dysfunction, distress, social problems, or death.

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Sick Bird in my Window

I've just found a sick bird on the ground and put him in my window. He is still breathing, but almost unresponsive to external stimuli. Take a look at the pictures: imgur I have no experience with ...
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Whats wrong with my danio?

I have a 29 gallon, planted tropical aquarium with 6 assorted danios, two golden bristlenose, and three rainbow kribs (two female and one male) Ammonia... 0 ppm Nitrites...0 ppm Nitrates... 0-5ppm Ph....
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Safe to let indoor cat mingle with outdoor cats?

There are some (feral) outdoor kittens in my yard that have taken a liking to my indoor cat (and vice versa) through "interactions" through a sliding glass door. They have also smelled each ...
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My kissing gourami having spots. Help!

I have 1 kissing gourami. My favorite fish in my aquarium. But few days I noticed that my kissing gourami having black spots on its scales and fins. And my kissing gourami sits at the bottom of the ...
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Should fatty feeding be avoided?

Pets have high risk of getting infections (parasitic for instance), especially if walking on their own. Despite veterinary tests it's better to avoid feeding pets high carb food, because I think ...
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Which diseases can humans carry from cat to cat?

I regularly pet and feed stray cats. Some of them live together and some live apart, so sometimes I touch two different cats that normally wouldn't interact with each other. Also, currently there is ...
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What is this white growth on my turtle's skin? (right forward foot)

This is my pet turtle who has lived with me for the past 13 years, She had been pretty active until last week, end of last week I noticed this white growth on her leg. What is this? Is this fungal ...
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What's the best way to move forward with a cat with CKD and gingivitis?

I don't know where to start this story but I have had a terrible experience with multiple vets, and even now I get conflicting information from two different vets. Two years ago, my now 11 year old ...
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What substance can be used to kill all pathogens?

What can I use to disinfect an area after animals like dogs, cats and chickens were present? I'd like to know solution for small (doghouse) and bigger areas (room size). It'll be used for animals, but ...
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Zoe, 19 months old cat, British Shorthair, refusing to eat due to digestive issues

Greetings to all members of the cats community, I am truly desperate for any help or guidance you’d be able to offer. 3 days ago my cat lost her interest in food and started vomiting and I took her to ...
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Are there any non-live virus vaccines for canine distemper?

I just adopted a puppy who is around 8 months old. The rescue organization that I got her from told me she contracted distemper when she was around 3-4 months old, just after her first vaccine. The ...
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Cats eat wild rabbits: Disease risk?

My cats catch and eat wild rabbits (Ontario, Canada). Normally the rabbits are juvenile. I remember hearing that rabbits can have diseases that’s are harmful if eaten by humans (presumably even when ...
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What is the prognosis for feline leprosy, and why is so little known about it?

I'm trying to find information on feline leprosy, and am coming up empty-handed. My cat—a two year old male Saimese—was recently diagnosed with this and is facing surgery for removal of what ...
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Is it ear mites or just dirty ears?

My kitten sometimes has blackish-brown wax in her ears that I clean out with a ball of cotton. I've read cats get coffee-grounds-looking ear wax when they have ear mites but she doesn't show any sign ...
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Cat fang poking hole in lip

I have a 1.5 year old Maine Coon cat. One of the cat's upper fangs appears to be poking a hole in its lower lip. Only the right side lip has a hole in it; the left side has a small bump instead of a ...
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Weird spots on my kittens face [duplicate]

Hi few days ago my cat had a dark spot in his face, on the nose side. Thought it was dirt from eating so leave it. But today seen an identical one in the other nose side, so I get worried. Any kind ...
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How can I save a kitten with head injury occurred in an accident?

Two days ago, I found a nearly dead kitten with eyes open in the street. I rushed him to the vet and they injected him some vitamin and anti-inflammatory and said his spine has been moved and he won't ...
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How can I help my betta, who has a white-ish sore on his side, is laying at the bottom of the tank, and isn't eating?

This is Ringo. I’ve had him for almost 2 years and he’s been happy until the last week or so. He lives in a 1 gallon (3.8 L) tank (I know it’s small, blame the Petsmart employee who suggested it) and ...
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My cat has stopped having food since its kittens passed away

Our cat has stopped having food after its 2 kittens passed away last week (the remaining one was adopted 2 weeks ago). It's been 4 days since it had anything to eat or drink, except water which is not ...
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My cat threw up once, should I be worried?

My cat threw up this morning what looked to be food he recently ate. He is 2 years old, perfectly healthy otherwise as far as I can tell, and hasn't had any other negative signs. Nonetheless, it is ...
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Is it an issue that my cat plays with a toy that is constantly on the ground?

I'm sorry if this is a dumb question because obviously my cat's toys are always on the ground... but is it an issue if his little stuffed animal toy that he often bites and carries around with him is ...
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Common goldfish with "bleeding" around face, gills and fins

I look after two common goldfish in a 56L filtered tank with an airstone for additional aeration. Over the past two days, one of the fish has been appearing to be sick, suffering with what I can only ...
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Can cat with pyometra be allowed to mate and get pregnant?

My cat was diagnosed having a pyometra. I'm thinking: if I allow her to mate and get pregnant, will it be okay? And will it help my cat with recovering from pyometra?
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My Amelanistic Corn Snake is turning yellow?

This is my corn snake, Pyro, I just got him out today to feed him. Last week when I got him out, I didn't notice any different colors, but he had a yellow tint around his face/upper body. His ...
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How urgent is a UTI in dogs?

We think my puppy has a UTI; she's house-trained but she keeps having accidents, keeps signaling to go out but not going, and last night she peed in bed with my partner. Do we go to the emergency vet? ...
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Is it safe for a cat to be with a Covid patient?

I recently tested positive for Covid and I’ve been isolating myself in one of the bedrooms. This is the same room where my kitty sleeps and basically calls it her own territory. She meows, yowls and ...
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Kitten in a parvo infected litter not showing any signs. Could she be negative for infection?

I had recently rescued a cat with her 7 week old litter. Got the mom vaccinated and neutered and she has found a forever home and I have taken in the litter of three kittens. This was two weeks ago. ...
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Worried about domestic cat and urban cat fight

We have one male Persian cat, who likes to go to our yard and we have seen there is one male urban cat which is fighting with our Persian cat at our yard. Here are the cats below: We are worked about ...
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Can my FeLV-immune cat help FeLV research?

Three years ago, I saved a cat and her six kittens from basically a crack den. A few months later, one kitten very suddenly got ill and died. Her sister got ill afterwards, but that vet found FeLV and ...
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I think my cats have tapeworms. I gave them the first dose of meds. I got over the counter [closed]

My cats have tapeworms i think. I gave them the first dose of meds today but nothing happened. What should i expect??
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Genetic diseases/conditions in Golden Retrievers

I'm not talking about conditions that the Golden Retriever is prone to develop in the future like cancer, but things like hip dysplasia that if the dog is guaranteed to inherit, may make it live in ...
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What is wrong with my goldfish's head?

What is wrong with my goldfish's head - it's like a growth/ blood blister? I'm sure it started off white and has now gone to this. Can anyone help, please?
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Is fish pecking at other fish a sign of parasites?

I setup two quarantine tanks, the first with some 2" koi, comets, ryukin, and orandas, the second with some very fancy, slow-moving goldfish. Both tanks seemed to be doing fine, colorful and ...
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How worried should I be about this cough?

My dog began showing symptoms by throwing up; after that, she's made horrible hacking noises every so often like she wants to throw up but can't. I think this is a "cough"? It doesn't sound ...
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How to deal with the parvovirus infected dead body?

Our little puppy died because of this dreaded parvovirus. She was on a drip with other necessary meds. She lived 4 days fighting the disease, but today she died very painfully. We have 4 more adult ...
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Ochrobactrum intermedium infection in a dog

My vet found a bacteria in my dog's wound: Ochrobactrum intermedium He does not know this bacteria and therefore does not know what antibiotic to give. Unfortunately, the condition of my dog is ...
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My Betta fish is floating sideways [duplicate]

My fish keeps floating on his side, but only when I am not directly in front of his tank. when I am in front of his tank he acts normal (He floats normally and looks more happy). He lives in a 5 ...
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Coughing fits in cats

My cat started to display some coughing behaviour. I have seen him cough just once in the last year but last week, he coughed three times, and all coughing sessions take like twenty seconds. There ...
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How progressive is Catarrhal Stomatitis?

My friend plans to adopt a stray kitten. The kitten is 6 months old, very well behaving and apparently he has catarrhal stomatitis. Apparently, as this post suggests, the best way to deal with this ...
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A sudden death of my catfish

I had a catfish, acquired in November; he was a small spotted albino hoplo catfish. During a 20% water change, and a small bang he went into a frenzy of swimming upside down, it seemed like his ...
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Cat struggling to walk, but has no leg or spine issues

My cat recently began to struggle to walk. It looked like his back legs were hurting quite a bit and he would not walk to the food/water or the cat box. If I brought him there he would eat/drink a ...
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Betta fish has white growth on his back. What is it and how can I treat it?

My Betta fish has had a white growth on his back for over a week. Pictures linked below. I'm keeping him in a 5 gallon tank and am replacing 1/3 of the water bi-weekly. No filter because the one ...
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My rabbit's hair looks wet and dirty and it’s getting worse

I recently bought a rabbit from pet store and it's been a week that my rabbit hair has changed. It looks like the hair around the mouth, nose and stomach is dirty and wet and it's not getting better. ...
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Belly Lump with Black Liquid Inside on 9-week-old Pup

First post - sorry for bad quality. I need help fast while my girlfriend takes my pup to the emergency vet. My 9-week-old female Goldendoodle pup developed a lump this morning and it became ...
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I was bitten by a kitten not even a month old, what should I do?

I was bitten by not even a month old kitten which is a stray; this happened when I was trying to help it get to it's mom. The bite is not deep and is very shallow, it's like very small dots. What ...
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Is it safe to cook and eat raw meat that a stray cat was eating? [closed]

If a stray cat is eating raw hamburger meat, can I still cook and eat it afterwards? Would it be safe, considering that the stray cat was eating from it?
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How can I keep our cats from endangering my pregnant wife?

I'm already aware of this question concerning cat litter and pregnancy, and fully intend to take responsibility for cleaning our cats' litter boxes. I am however more concerned about the additional ...
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Feline hyperesthesia

My 8 year old cat has just been diagnosed with feline hyperesthesia. Out of the blue she began attacking her tail. She’s wearing a cone and taking 4 daily medications. Is it manageable? Or am I going ...
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Could my dog get infected with SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus and suffer from COVID-19?

I have heard, that dogs too could get the actual coronavirus. Is this real?
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Cat has wound above eye and on head

I am very worried because my British short hair cat has this wound at the eye and yesterday when I see it didn't have blood or anything, just the scalp. But when at night I checked, it had blood and ...

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