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Questions about keeping your pet clean and maintaining various parts of their body.

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Should I do something about my cat getting very dirty?

I've recently started letting my cat outside, which she really enjoys. However, one of her favorite things to do out there is to roll around in the dirt, which of course leaves her filthy. She's ...
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How to get rid of fish oil stink on a dog?

I gave my dog a cap of fish oil and now he reeks of fish. I don't even have to go anywhere near his mouth to smell it. I can smell it from the end of the leash and while I sit on the couch and him on ...
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Why does my cat lick my lips every time he purrs?

I’m not sure why, but without fail, every time my cat starts purring he licks my lips. It’s not just a few licks either—sometimes he’ll do it for up to a minute or two, walk off, then double back for ...
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Washed the cat with human shampoo, Help!

This is my first persian pet and I made a horrible mistake by washing the cat with human shampoo. After that we have never seen healthy coat and the cat has continuous hair loss. I came to know that ...
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What's Causing my cat's hair loss?

My cat is over-grooming and ripping out chunks of his fur, leaving red sores behind. He's got a growing bald patch on his back near his tail and other small patches wherever he can reach. I've given ...
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Did the vet cut my dog's nails too short?

I can see red dots inside the cut portion of my dog's nails (not to mention the hang nail). Does this mean that the vet cut them too short? Not sure if this is normal, or if I need to find a new ...
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Sore on cat's tail

My daughter was playing with her cat tonight and noticed some blood-- she was checking the cat for injuries and found this bare patch on her tail that was raw and slightly bleeding. It looked like it ...
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Cat vomit, fur ball or polyp?

A few years ago at the vets I mentioned that my tortie Sandy had started wretching after drinking cold water, and that her purr had become slightly raspy. They said that she might have a polyp in her ...
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How do you trim nails on your wiggly Malamute?

As a Malamute owner, I really struggle with trimming my dog's nails. He hates having his paws handled and gets extremely wiggly and restless when I try to clip his nails. I've tried giving him treats ...
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How can I manage excessive hair shedding from dogs?

Certain dogs have a reputation for shedding hair (Labradors, Golden Retrievers), creating a constant struggle to keep the house clean, especially as this shedding continues throughout the day. ...
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How do I clean an aggressive cat's private area from diarrhea?

I have a cat that I took home while she was pregnant and now she is almost due this month. She currently has diarrhea that gets stuck in her private area, and she has started to smell bad. She's ...
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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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Double claw on single toe?

It was time to trim my cat's murder claws when I noticed something odd; a smaller claw was under her regular claw. I had not noticed it before and I am wondering if this is a cause for concern. She ...
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Why would you treat a cat with a ball of ingested fur with Cola and xray contrast liquid?

I am referring to this (peer-reviewed) publication from Wilson et al. (2023) where the authors claimed to have used a mixture of 55 mL of Coca-Cola and 5 mL of iohexol for the treatment of a small ...
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Can I accidentally brush my cat too much?

Is it possible to brush a cat too much, trying to remove the loose hairs? Can I overdo it and brush a cat so much that it gets bald or bald spots? Lots of loose hair is always coming out of the fur ...
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Why is my rabbit losing his whiskers and facial fur?

Since about November 2022 one of my two rabbits (neutered twins ~3.5yo, bonded since birth) has been losing his whiskers and facial fur. The other one is fine. It started with him losing his eyebrow ...
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3 year old cat gnaws at skin and has bald patches

Our cat is ~3 years old, female domestic short hair. She's happy and playful, eats normal, drinks normal. She's had a CBC where everything was normal according to the vet except for borderline high ...
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I don't know if my dog is trying to kill my kitten or groom it

I have four dogs and just got a kitten. Three of my dogs just kind of ignore her, but my three-year-old dachshund won't leave her alone. He pins her down and pushes her around with his nose. He licks ...
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How to prevent my dog drool

My 6 year Beagle is almost perfect pet- he rarely barks, is very playful and fairly obedient All that goes for a toss when it is feeding time. He drools so much in anticipation of being fed, and ...
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How often is too often to bathe a dog?

I have a pug/Chihuahua/Pomeranian mix that we bathe once a week. Is this too often? I find that if we leave her without a bath for more then a week and a half she starts to develop a faint smell (...
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Cat Leg amputation - Will fur grow back?

My cat got his leg amputated the other day. Will fur grow back where the leg was? or will he just have a bald spot?
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What can I do for a dog with really dry skin

I have a 15 year old Pekingese that we rescued about 5 years ago. He has always had food and drug allergies and we have been careful about what shampoos we use, and what we let him eat. Over the ...
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My long furred cat was recently groomed and it's revealed lots of dandruff, is that normal?

My non-pedigree cat was long furred, and our wonderful groomer cut it right back. He didn't seem stressed at all, and is walking around with a confident tail. But what I noticed was a significant ...
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Do kittens get balding in the area above their eyes? [duplicate]

Why is it balding is it fungus like what my dog had Not completely bald, but just thinner fur.
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My dog has ME and sits in a Bailey chair. Occasionally he ends up sitting on his tail. He now has a spot on it that has hair missing. What is it?

My dog sits in a Bailey chair for feeding. Occasionally he ends up sitting on his tail. It now has an area on it that has no hair. He does not lick or chew on it. What is this and how do I treat it?
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How to tell if a dog's fur is matted?

I have two tamaskan dogs. One is shorthaired, and the other, Lyra, has long fur like a malamute. I try to brush them out regularly, but she has a kind of wiry undercoat where each hair has a lot of ...
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Why are two of my cat's claws thicker than the others?

Most of my cat's claws are very thin, and come to a needle-like point. However, two of hers are shaped quite differently. They are much thicker along the inside of the curve, and the tips are much ...
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How to get the tail of my horse white again?

What kind of treatments do you know to get the tail of a horse white again? If I wash it only with (horse) shampoo it just gets lighter but never really white as it should be. There is always a ...
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Shearing our Golden Retriever with Sheep Shears

I'm a bit embarrassed to say this, but our dog has a persistent ringworm problem. Several times throughout the years, we'd apply Viaderm or something that can be bought from our local vet. Then, when ...
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How do I trance my rabbit?

I have heard that you can trance a rabbit to help with tasks such as nail clipping and cleaning the underside. Is doing this safe for my rabbit? How do I do it? Are there other applications where ...
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Why does my cat get calluses on his paw pads?

My cat Hunter (10 year old neutered male with chronic sinus infections and no teeth due to stomatitis) grows these calluses on his paw pads. He's grown these calluses since I've had him (5 months old)....
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Why is my cat trying to rip my toe off?

My cat regularly pulls out her blunt nails when she grooms herself, and I know that’s normal. Recently I had my pinky toe injured, and now it’s bruised, won’t bend, and has a subungual hematoma. I was ...
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How can I encourage a Winter White dwarf hamster to change color?

I was told that the Winter White dwarf hamster changes color based on the season. i.e. brown/dark grey in the summer and white/light grey in the winter. Firstly, what causes the hamster to notice the ...
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My dog can't stop licking his paws

My dog recently developed this mania where he won't stop licking his front paws, not the thick skin under it, but rather the fur as in the "back of his hands" and along the legs. He's always licking ...
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Should you shave a Norwegian Forest cat for summer? If so, how?

They have the double coat so it is not the same as other cat breeds. It gets hot and humid here in Saitama, Japan. While we use aircon, we do tend to leave it off when going out and my 8 year old cat ...
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Reverse a debeaked hen?

I have just purchased two young hens to add to my free range flock of 5. Unfortunately, they were debeaked. How do I reverse that? Trim the lower beak until it is shorter than the top? What is the ...
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Is styptic powder OK to use after it gets damp?

After trimming my dogs' nails, I accidentally left the jar of styptic powder open overnight. During that time, it absorbed some water from the atmosphere so that the top layer is slightly damp and ...
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How to get rid of cat fur all over and around my room?

I brush my cat with this thing: I brush her every three days. My cat's fur is medium length (she's not long-haired; more like the cat in the picture). Even with the brushing I still have cat hair ...
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What should I use to dye my dog's fur?

I want to dye my dog's fur with a color for part of a costume, and it has to be his whole body. I have read online about using food dye or chalk and am willing to try that but am unsure. I obviously ...
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How is a dog's health affected if he's (almost) never bathed?

So, I have a neighbor on my street who has a Husky/Samoyed mix (he frequently reminds me that he's a kill shelter dog but that they got him DNA tested, hoping they'd find out he was 100% Samoyed). He ...
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How to teach young cat to groom after using the litter box?

I recently (~14 days ago) adopted a young cat from a non-profit organization. He's a domestic short hair, about 8-9 months old, neutered and knows how to use the litter box - he found it right away ...
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My 2-month-old Persian kitten's fur on tail does not seem right

My Persian kitten's fur on his tail has not been completely scattered. The part that has no fur has a dandruff-like disorder and he's scratching it. No fur is growing on that part. He has no ticks nor ...
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Can I help my kitten regrow fur after being affected with ear mites?

I have a persian kitten, and he has earmites, I am just about to buy some ear cleaner, but I think it also affected the growth of his fur (it was lesser and shorter), can you recommend me anything to ...
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My Cat is Licking Everything

My cat is around a year old and has had the same bed ever since we've gotten him. Lately, he has been licking the wood frame. I've also seen him lick the wood of his older toys and stuffed animals of ...
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My 12 year old cat is very sick

My 12 year old cat has been losing a lot of weight all of a sudden. She behaves fine, but she is always hungry. As soon as she finishes eating, however, she goes straight to her litter box and has ...
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How long will my cats hair be and how do I groom her?

Domestic Long hair maybe? She is quite fluffy at 9 weeks. We rescued her and don't know the parents. Will her hair be about the same length as it is now when she is full grown? If so, I am ...
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Is this DIY doggy bath wipe safe?

My friend babysat my 6 month old bulldog puppy and used a DIY dog bath wipes. The recipe was 2 to 3 cups of water, 1 tablespoon of "my pet's friend" oatmeal enhanced deodorizing shampoo, 1/4 ...
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How important is the quality of the clippers used for occasional pet grooming?

I have a pet (rabbit) who has geriatric bowel and bladder issues. To help keep him clean, it has been recommended that we keep his belly and parts of his legs and tail clipped very short. The ...
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Why is my female cat over-licking lower abdominal raw?

Mini Moose, my female cat, is pregnant and is over-licking her lower abdominal area raw. Two years ago she had a stillborn baby. Her babies are alive in her, I can feel them moving around.
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Are there pet safe ways to eliminate static in pet fur beyond a humidifier (especially in rabbits)?

I have 2 rabbits, and in the winter they become so full of static that I can't even pet them without giving/receiving a static shock. Using a humidifier helps a great deal. Yet, even with relative ...