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*Specific* problems or concerns regarding the physical well-being of a pet.

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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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Cat ate rubber band. Is this dangerous?

My 2 y/o cat just ate a rubber band. Vet suggested waiting to see if it passes (since it wasn’t very big and in the past he has successfully passed at least one) and then bringing him in if he shows ...
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What is this on stray cat’s skin?

This is a stray cat that I already neutered. He doesn’t live in my building, but I feed him whenever he’s around. These are some pictures of his skin. I have no idea what it is, but it’s spreading. Is ...
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How can I keep one cat from eating from the other cats bowl? [duplicate]

I’m in university and i keep a cat where i live out of town while i’m in school and move back home for the summer. My cat cannot regulate her eating and she needs special food but the other cats do ...
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Can a cat drink human milk?

My mom always gives our cat human milk, because our cat loves it. But I'm scared because it might be bad for him, even though he likes it. And I heard that it's bad for cats to drink milk because they ...
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Caterpillar almost never moves

My caterpillar doesn't want to move, she stays still most of the time, i know she might be in the pupation process but, She is not yet in her "adult" form.And about harmful substances, I've ...
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Is an Australian Wolf Spider bite dangerous, particularly to small dogs?

In my backyard I have started to discover more and more, what appears to be "Wolf Spiders" - I know there are many many species of these, so for reference, my location is Western Australia. ...
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Is a rock obstacle in a pond good for fish vitality - or is it an urban legend?

There are fables such as this one suggesting that fish do better in a pond whose surface is pierced by one or several obstacles, such as rocks. The rationale is that such "islands" turn the ...
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Is it safe to let an amputee cat go outside?

One of my cats recently came back home after going missing for a few days and now his tail and one of his back legs had to be amputated. He is feeling better now but I wanted to ask if I should still ...
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Stop cat from licking wound?

About three weeks ago, my senior kitty scraped one of her legs and she started bleeding a bit. After cleaning the wound and applying some topical ointment, it was healing nicely and it stopped ...
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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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My hamster was left in his ball all day. Will he be okay?

My hamster was left in his ball by my nephew which I wasn’t watching at the time but he was the only one in my room when I went to the bathroom. I didn’t hear anything throughout the day (the ball ...
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What can I give my cat for a blood clot? Please read before judging

Before judging, here's the background story. Two months ago, my cat fell and fractured a hind leg. I took him to the only specialized vet in a 200-mile radius, and an orthopedist operated on him. The ...
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Doxycycline tablet to suspension?

I took my cat to the vet yesterday and she prescribed Doxycycline 100mm/ml Susp. #6mls. Unfortunately, the hospital that prescribed it doesn't sell it. I've called several other vets and they only ...
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vet recommended surgery to fix something that doesn't seem to be causing dog any pain

I got a new dog about a month ago (9yo yorkie) and I took her to a new vet and they said that she has a luxating patella and recommended that a $3,172.44 surgery be done to fix the issue or else she'd ...
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Why is my dog suddenly pooping many times in the house?

My dog is 1.5 years old, and so far his potty training has been complete for the past year. Suddenly for one day, he pooped 5 times inside the house. I doubt this is because of stress because he seems ...
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Why do a dog's anal glands smell like fish?

What is the correlation between the two scents, chemically and otherwise?
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My puppy has either a black spot or gap within his iris- what is it?

My 13-week old puppy has a black spot within his iris- what is it? From what I’ve gathered from an online search, it could be an “iris freckle” or coloboma. Does anyone else have any ideas? It ...
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My cat (3 yrs) fell into my bathtub of diluted shampoo. After licking himself clean he has been sneezing non-stop for 3 days. Would this be why?

He has been acting normal besides the fact that he sneezes constantly. Not purring as much, considering. Just wondering if he has a little cat cold or if the diluted shampoo water he fell into had ...
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Do cats get varicose veins?

I posted this broad question about some odd symptoms in an otherwise young and healthy cat: What is the "rope" in my cat's abdomen? A friend IRL told me it sounds like varicose veins, ...
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What is the "rope" in my cat's abdomen?

I have a small female rescue, about one and a half years old. She was malnourished at first but fully recovered, although she has periods of diarrhea (not lately, AFAIK). Yesterday I petted her and ...
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feeding your cats when you’re on vacation?

I have two cats: one’s an 8-year old middle-aged guy and the other’s a senior citizen gal. They eat dry food. What do you do to feed them if you’re out of the house a few days? Is there a reliable ...
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Do i pay to hospitalize or let her go?

I took my cat in this morning to have surgery on an impacted tooth, she is dripping pus & blood from her mouth & her face is swollen. Shes down to 4 lbs. So they call me and tell me they can't ...
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How should i apply bandage

My cat was attacked and his muscle came off i contacted my vet and he told me to dress it with bandage and keep changing it,but the muscle is still hanging from the skin, and it has started to turn ...
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Does anyone know what this lump on my dog might be?

The vet is not available until Tuesday so I was wondering if anyone had any experience seeing a lump like this in their dogs. It’s located below her butthole area and between the legs. Thank you very ...
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Is my rescued budgie healthy?

We just had a new budgie, got it from my parents. Main reason we decided to adopt him is because he's been bullied by his mates in cage (there's like 8 of them on a regular sized cage). As for my mom, ...
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Inulin and fat absorption in dogs

Just been looking around for some new food to feed our small dogs, the one in question is about 6kg (13 years), and have found Bestie Kitchen, which looks interesting. The ingredient list is below (...
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What are some home remedies for a constipated dog?

So my dog hasn't been pooping like regular for a few days and she seems to be struggling when she does try. I think she might be constipated. I am going to take her to the vet ASAP but I would love to ...
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Home remedy for suspected fever in cat

My cat’s head is warmer than usual. Nose and paw pads are hot pink, it has been this way for 4 hours. Breathing is faster than normal, occasionally she breathes very fast just like after playtime but ...
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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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How to avoid snails/slugs on pet's food outside?

My two rabbits get some additional tasty food when I close their enclosure at night. This helps me to train them "Coming home is tasty" and they will come in without pressure. But the last ...
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Why does my gourami have this spot?

My gourami was okay when I first got him. I've only had him for a 3 weeks, I think. I realized he had that spot a couple days ago, but it was small and I went away for 2 or 3 days. My parents were ...
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My pregnant cat has difficulty breathing; will giving birth be risky for her?

I take care of a stray female cat that is 10 moths old and pregnant. A couple of months ago, she used to have some problems with breathing such as noisy breathing and some nasal discharges (note that ...
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Just found a bald spot under my cat's chin

I’m very concerned, the skin doesn’t look irritated so hopefully that’s a good thing. Please let me know if you’ve seen this before, I’ve googled and such but there’s a lot of possibilities.
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Cat is dry coughing? Retching? Wheezing? It is the weekend and I am not sure what to do

Here is a video of my cat who has been doing this yesterday and today. I contacted the vet yesterday over the phone to get an opinion. Since he is eating and behaving normally, they didn't seem too ...
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Budgie head feathers are clumping, looks like he has a shiny wet coating then it dries

I have a four year old budgie who is in good health and gets lots of exercise flying about the house. He is very tame and of a good nature. He molts frequently. His head feathers from the top above ...
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Rabbit is losing chunks of hair in different areas

This rabbit was bought in a pet store. After a month, we started to notice that a part of his skin is going bald, which we assumed to be harmless. However, we were alarmed to see that the baldness ...
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My older cat is having skin issues and my vet doesn't seem to know what is wrong with him. Is anyone familiar with this?

I am at my wits' end at this point because I can't find a conclusive answer to what is causing my cat's symptoms and honestly, the current veterinarian I have been visiting has not been much help in ...
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My budgerigar seems partially paralyzed, is breathing heavily, and is having problems standing. What should I do?

I am really not sure what to do. My budgerigar has started behaving very suspiciously since noon. It looks like he has some kind of paralysis and I am really not sure what to do. He has been looking ...
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My 2 years old dog doesn't want to eat, she has a serious weight loss [closed]

My 2 years old dog has serious problems recently and I can't figure out what's wrong with her. Symptoms include: Noticeable weight loss; Inactive (lays on the ground all day); Not eating at all (or ...
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Why is my betta fish starting to have a dull color? [duplicate]

I have a betta fish that I’ve had for a year now. I’m not exactly sure what kind he is, but I found a picture of him when I first got him and he was a really bright pink/purple, his tail and fins were ...
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Options for a wound other than a cone, collar or shirt [duplicate]

My cat gets out of everything. What can go on the wound, like spray bandage, creams, etc., that will help heal it through rubbing.
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Rescued European sparrow has a weird pimple

I rescued a baby European sparrow that fell into my garden (its parents didn't come back). It is doing fine and slowly learning to fly, scavenge for food, etc. When it took its bath I noticed a ...
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Lethargic hen with yellow poop

I've noticed an unusually lethargic hen this morning, she's even allowed me to pick her up which is incredibly rare for her. Looking around I've noticed some pretty awful looking yellow poop which I ...
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Large dog lays down when eating. Should I feed in an elevated bowl and which is riskier for bloat?

So I have a German Shepherd/Doberman mix. Big dog that weighs about 85 pounds (around 40 kg). Not fat but large and energetic (vets says for his size he is good). He has been eating laying down since ...
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New kitten not eating, threw up twice

Just got 2 new kittens, and this is the first time I've had cats. One of the kittens isn't eating much and threw up twice (mostly spit than anything). Her poo was also a bit runny, but her brother ...
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Diet for cat with higher liver enzymes

My cat is almost two years old, Persian and weight around 3.3 kg. After adopting her 6 months ago I noticed that she poops outside the litter box unintentionally (once I caught her trying to remove it/...
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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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