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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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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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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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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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What's wrong with this kitten's eyes and how do I take care of them?

I just found a shivering little stray kitten on the inside of air conditioned building and thought it must be feeling cold so I took out in the sun and then ended up just bringing it home. Its eyes ...
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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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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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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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My 12 week old puppy has had two focal seizures already. Should I return him to the breeder?

I bought a Shiloh Shepherd puppy from a reputable breeder, and brought him home on May 18th at 8 weeks, 4 days of age. Eight days ago, during the evening while he was laying down, he had a focal ...
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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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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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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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Protecting my kitten against rabies after fighting with feral cats

I live in Pakistan, and we own a three months old Persian breed kitten. It had aggressive interactions with other feral cats who secretly sneaked into our house. I don't think that my cat was injured ...
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When can my newborn human baby hug my cat?

My human baby is vaccinated. He is 2 months old. I think he got 2 vaccines already. I have a tabby cat. She sometimes goes outside, but eats inside. I am not sure how clean she is. Not too dirty. Can ...
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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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Alternatives for kidney disease food

I've checked the scope to make sure this is on-topic as it sort of involves product recommandations and medical advice. Feel free to let me know if I am overstepping! My old cat has kidney disease ...
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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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Cat Crohn's Disease - What can he eat?

My cat has Crohn's disease, which basically means he throws up from almost anything. The only treatment we currently have is giving him daily doses of steroids and antiallergenic food, but this just ...
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Should dogs eat out of raised or non-raised bowls?

I recently had a dog that we had to put to sleep because of his stomach flipping (on peteducation.com you could learn more about this subject). I have been reading into many different causes and ...
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Adopting (rescuing) a pair of Big pet store Leopard Geckos that were raised by uninformed - Help

Looking for input from experienced Gecko keepers that have cared for Geckos with MBD or impaction so we know what to watch and be prepared for with our new adopted Leopard Geckos. The Good Both look ...
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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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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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My cat has a wormy eye discharge

I have 2 cats in my house, both Ragdolls, age 6-7 months each. The older one of the two has recurring eye discharge which you can see in the images: https://imgur.com/a/NjC5CTF . Video: https://...
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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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Can Whiskas cause kidney disease?

I heard a local veterinarian to say that Whiskas can cause kidney disease. I tried to research that claim, but so far I haven't been able to find academic articles dealing with this issue, even ...
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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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FIP fluid too viscous to drain

We have a kitten that's about 5 months old and has been diagnosed with FIP (Feline infectious peritonitis) 12 days ago. Since then she's been on treatment with Prednisolone, antibiotics and, for the ...
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My cat might have a bladder stone. What can I expect?

I recently took my cat to the vet because he seemed to be having some discomfort with using the litter box. The doctor discovered some blood in his urine and wants to do an x-ray to see what's going ...
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How long do viruses live in aquariums?

I had a dwarf gourami in my tank for several weeks and it was healthy, as were the rest of my fish, including regular gouramis. I decided to add another dwarf gourami. I purchased another one from the ...
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White marks on my Pearl Gourami turn into blisters/tumors before they die

Update: Fish with white patches on his side. Patches start small but grown slowly, over months. Finally, they appear like a mass, then ulcerate. The fish does not appear sick now, but will be sick ...
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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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Indian Tortoise all puffy

We have two baby tortoise (twins - from the same egg). Recently we went on holiday for Christmas and left both Elmo and Leon at a pet boarding (which had good reviews). When we came back yesterday ...
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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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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 koi has an odd scale that my be infected but I can't tell??? How do I fix it?

I saw it this morning and started researching because I am dealing with an ich outbreak due to recent overcrowding. It hasn't changed or gotten worse but I don't know if it's infected or a disease. If ...
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When is coronavirus leading to FIP contagious?

I adopted two middle-aged (or older?) cats from the same shelter 3.5 years ago. Both were healthy until recently when one developed FIP. Since I adopted them they have had no contact with other cats,...
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Do mosquitoes bite reptiles? Is there any danger of communicating pathogens?

I'd like to know the generic answer for reptiles, but I'm particularly concerned about tortoises. Mine is largely an indoor tortoise, and the mosquitoes are already pretty much gone from our area, ...
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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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What problems does inbreeding with chickens cause?

I have a big farm (without animals so far) and want to get chickens. They can run freely in the farmyard and the garden, having approx. 1500 m² with grassland, sand, a dunghill and copse. I'd like to ...
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Neon tetra with cotton mouth

Update: mass seems to be turning a greyish colour and I also managed to get my own photos: Quite a while ago I noticed a white mass on one of my neon’s mouths; he's now been given a name since he has ...
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What can I do if my fish catch viral hemorrhagic septicemia (aka Fish Ebola)?

I have a friend who just got some new fish from somewhere that she had gotten fish from many times before without any issues. However, after introducing them to her tank, it turns out they had VHS, ...
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Is Feline Diabetes painful?

My 14 year old indoor/outdoor cat has been diagnosed with diabetes. I travel for my work, so am unable to provide the twice daily insulin injections. But I did change her diet to all protein. Over ...
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Can yawning be transmitted across species by pets?

I believe I may have caught multiple yawns from my dog. Is this possible? Can yawning be transmitted across species from pets? The setting could be a couch in the living room, for example.
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How to treat a 20 year old cat with pancreatitis?

The vet said my 20 year old cat has pancreatitis and possibly parasites. Would you give her an antibiotic? How would you treat her? ALT. (sgpt). 112 BUN. 51 Precision psl. 42 Lymphocytes. 954 ...
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Giving Azodyl to my cat

My cat has renal failure and one of the meds I need to give her is Azodyl. I tried giving her the whole pill and it pissed her off and made her hesitant to come around me. She is 18 years old and I ...
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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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How much protein should be fed to cats with kidney disease?

I'm interested in cats suffering from kidney disease. There is a fair amount of research about nutritional management. Some people talk about reducing protein intake, others suggest increasing high-...
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What is this lump on my goldfishes head?

I just noticed today that my goldfish has a lump on his head that is white around the edge with a red centre. He is eating and behaving normally. He is nine years old and has never had any other ...
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Cat produces way too much mucus/slime

Our cat, which is 12 years old, has been ill for around 2 months now. However, we don't know what the real disease or problem actually is. The problem during these 2 months is that our cat lost a ...
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How is FIP fatal? Why can't we just address the symptoms?

How is Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP) fatal (wet form)? If we drain the abdomen regularly (say catheter), and we inject him with a saline/protein solution daily, give antibiotics as necessary... ...