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

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Why can't my rabbit lift it's head?

Thursday started normally: 6:00 AM each of 5 upstairs bunnies getting personal grooming. 9:00 AM everyone in for nap time. 10:00 AM Lyra (3 years old) is very sick, can not lift her head, call to ...
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What, exactly, is “ich”?

I've started seeing tiny white spots appear on one of my fish. After asking a friend, he told me it was something called "ich". What is ich and how do I get rid of it?
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Regarding being bitten by about 2 month old puppy and risk of rabies

While trying to feed a stray puppy in my neighbourhood, I got a needle point pierce from his tooth on my thumb, with some blood also. Immediately I rushed to the doctor and got myself anti-rabies ...
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Why does my cat lick the fur off her lower belly?

I have a cat who licks her lower belly almost bare. The bare patch extends forward just past her rear nipples. She started this behavior a year or so ago, when she was around ten years old. The ...
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Rabies from a cat? Under what circumstances?

In the country where I live there has been a mild rabies outbreak, which in turn has prompted the authorities to enforce obligatory vaccination of all cats and dogs, even ones which don't go out. It's ...
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How can I help my 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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Goldfish unresponsive, what should I do?

I have a common goldfish that lives in a 20 gallon tank by herself with a filter and heater. Recently she has been showing signs of swim bladder disease because she wouldn’t swim properly. After ...
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My rabbit is hyperventilating and can't get comfortable. What is wrong with her?

I am back from the ER, the rabbit seems okay right now; but I'm still concerned that there might be something wrong with her. Here is a video of her in hyperventilating and unable to get comfortable. ...
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What is this tufty white spot on my goldfish's head?

I noticed today that my goldfish, Thunderbolt, has a tuft of white on its head. Note: Same fish. coloration difference due to camera flash I've had the fish in a 10 gallon tank by itself for ...
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Can a dog contract the Ebola virus?

Can a dog contract the Ebola virus? I heard that monkeys and/or rodents can give you Ebola if they have it, but I am just curious as if a dog can contract it.
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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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Dangers from street-cat bite that left a tiny speckle of blood?

There is a (female) cat we've been feeding the last 3 or so months (I didn't take notice so it's an approximation). She seemed quite young at first so I presume she should be around 6 months old. She ...
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Can a human glucose meter be used to check the blood sugar of a pet?

Diabetes is a terrible disease that affects people and pets. If both I, and my pet, have diabetes, can I use my meter to check my pets blood sugar? On a quick check of the internet, I found a ...
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Can a cat get a sexually transmitted disease?

If my normally indoor cat mates with a feral cat, is it at risk of getting any diseases? My cat has all of its vaccines up to date, so I suspect the only concern would be a sexually transmitted ...
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What is Cushing's disease?

I have been told that if you catch a dog drinking their urine it's a sign that they might have Cushing's disease. What is Cushing's disease and why would it cause dogs to drink their urine?
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Cat euthanasia. Kidneys shut down

My beautiful cat Kisses was with me for 10 years. She was probably 12ish. I found her outside when she was a young adult. On Monday she was diagnosed with renal disease. She had thrown up 20 times ...
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What is the cat owners risk of toxomoplasmosis from cats?

Do all cat owners have it? The world prevalence of toxomoplasmosis is 33% so it's extremely common. Even though it's supposedly asymptomatic and harmless I've read journal articles speculating that ...
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Should I euthanize my fish or wait it out?

I believe my fish, a white neon tetra, has swim bladder disease. He swims looking upward 95% of the time. I don't believe he can sleep due to this. He's been in this state for three days now. All of ...
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What is swimbladder disease in fish?

One of my fish just died of swimbladder disease. How did this happen, and is it contagious?
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What is my risk of getting Toxoplasmosis from my neighbor's cat?

Toxoplasmosis is a parasitic disease it is most commonly spread in feces by household cats., the related question What is the cat owner's risk of toxoplasmosis from cats? has an answer that indicates ...
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How can I keep disease from spreading in my fish tank?

If I discover I have fish in my tank that are sick or diseased, is there a generally accepted way to keep them from spreading whatever they have to my other fish? Can I separate them into another tank,...
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Mother cat won't care for her newborn kitten

My cat Ylaya had her first babies two years ago. All of her kitten until now were/are inbreeding. Her first litter was two cats, one of them was very sick and died. The other one (Yrwana) lived but ...
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Tilapia - Growth on neck

I have a tilapia, and recently it has developed a growth about 3/4 in. in diameter, and about 2mm tall on its neck. The fish itself is about 8 in. long, and is probably 9 months old. I've looked all ...
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Can domestic rabbits carry diseases if left outdoors for too long then brought in?

I have a domestic rabbit that we have raised - we have a large, gated backyard. He has since lived in the backyard for months, somewhat free. We feed him daily. He has become hard to catch. I bathed ...
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Will Myiasis cause death?

I have a crossbreed dog of Lhasa and Pomeranian. He was a very friendly dog. He had a wound nearby and we applied medicines, but somehow maggot infection occurred. Now he is quite angry and he cannot ...
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White patches/spots on my betta

There are white patch/spot-like marks on my betta fish's gill and body, which were not there when I bought him from the store. He is his usual active self and is eating properly. The spots seemed to ...
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How can I permanently get rid of ticks from my small dog?

I have a small dog. She is infested with so many ticks. I have done everything to get rid of them. I even hand picked all the ticks by hands, which took hours, multiple times. But they come back after ...
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Ichthyophthiriasis control in tanks, nitrites and nitrates

I have recently returned my fish to my main tank, a 65 g, after treating two weeks for ichthyophthiriasis. Two days after treatment ended, I transferred my larger fish home to a fully planted tank and ...