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

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Is it possible to keep wild Red Eared Slider as a pet?

My family and I found a turtle crossing our street a few days ago. We took it in and are considering keeping it as a pet for the following reasons: Firstly, we live in a suburban area of Massachusetts ...
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My dog's right eye is dislodged from the socket, do I need a second opinion?

My dog (he is a mix of a chihuahua and a Shih Tzu) just had an accident a few hours ago. His right eye appears to have popped out of his socket (but it's still attached), he has patches of scraped ...
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My leopard gecko is bleeding under his skin!

Recently, I have gotten a leopard gecko. He/she is now about three or four months old. I feed him meal worms and I am hoping to offer crickets for more variety. Recently, I was holding him in attempts ...
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One of my turtles hasn't grown and doesn't eat much, what should I do?

I have 2 red eared sliders in a 20 gallon (76 liters) tank and I got them both 7 months ago. They were both the size of a 50 cent coin (about 3 cm) and the one hasn't grown past that size and only ...
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My 3 month old Persian kitten has protruding black mole kind of thing? What could it be?

Last week, I started noticing a black dot on my Persian kitten near his whiskers (see the picture attached). What could it be? Could it be black acne? Today when I came back from work, it has actually ...
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Is my kitten's breathing normal?

I read online that a normal breathing rate for kittens is 30-40 breaths per minute, but it looks like my kitten's breathing at a much faster rate than that--more like 60 breaths per minute. Is this ...
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Can dogs be affected by the lack of routine/being kept up at night?

I live with a live-in landlady. I was away at home during the pandemic and on my return I discovered that not only had she been furloughed (so no need for time-keeping), she had also moved in her ...
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What's the purpose of tying a thread or dental floss on either side of a kitten's umbilical cord?

I read on multiple sites about how to help a queen give birth to her kittens, and almost all of them say that the cat usually chews the umbilical cord, but if she doesn't, then you have to do it. But ...
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How to cure my 8 week old kitten's orange diarrhea? [duplicate]

4 days ago I adopted a little kitten who looked really sick and didn't eat for days. She seems 8 weeks old and doesn't have a mother. When I fed her hours later, she started leaking yellow diarrhea ...
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Why does my dog now have spots showing underneath his fur on his chest?

My dog is three years old and has recently started developing what looks like big, dark freckles on his chest. I can see them because the hair on his chest is white and his hair is not particularly ...
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8.0ppm ammonia spike that's been “in effect” for about a week or two

OK, so I went into fish keeping way too fast with almost no knowledge. I will give a short rundown of what happened in my tank. I got a 5 gallon (19 liters) tank and a silver molly and a leopard ...
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What happened to my leopard gecko? Is aspen bedding good for him?

I can't believe this just happened to my 1-year-old gecko... he dropped half of his tail. About more than a week ago, my brother accidentally stepped on his tail, I wasn't sure if he had been ...
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My cat has stopped eating wet foods

My almost 2 year old, tortoise shell cat, named Korina, used to eat her wet food really well. She always has fresh water and dry food out for her. She has a set breakfast and dinner time, a pouch in ...
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My cats drink from our swimming pool

My cats (three kittens) like to drink from our swimming pool, which is filled with a lot of chlorine. This has been going on for a a pretty long time, and even though I provide a huge bowl of fresh ...
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Cat will now only lick food from my finger - how to provide high calorie food for a cat?

Backstory: Cat has always had a good appetite. Only problems in the past have been with hairballs getting out of control and suppressing his appetite for a while. Problem: Lately, he stopped eating ...
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Black/white patches on betta

I have a betta fish that I got about a month ago, and just started noticing black patches on him, and one white patch underneath his gills. He still acts like his usual self, he still eats, and is ...
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White bumps on goldfish

I have 2 goldfish in a 20 gallon (76 liters) tank and last night I noticed one of them developed a white bump on its side, then this morning I noticed the other one has a similar white bump on its ...
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How can I help a new mother cat during her nursing period?

Is there anything that I can do for her? Any help or tips would be appreciated. Note: This question is a repost from Is there a way to treat milk fever at home?. I'm reposting to allow one of the ...
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Is there a way to treat milk fever at home?

Our cat had her first litter last night. She's been away from the kittens most of the first day while they were sleeping. Early this morning, I noticed she tried to jump on some furniture, and she ...
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Why don't fish grow to their full size in a small tank?

I have heard that when a fish is kept in an aquarium that is too small for the fish to grow to its full size, it will only grow to a portion of its possible size and its lifespan will be shorter than ...
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What might be wrong with my kitten's toe?

When I got her from the shelter it looked like she had a scab on the side of her pad, but when I checked I saw that her full pad was there and it came off easily. Her toe is very thick and hard to ...
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Cockatiel - a very small bulge near the eye. Wish to prevent any development of this

I need help here. I wish to prevent anything from developing from this new very small swelling near the eye. Maybe swelling is a word too strong. It's very subtle. She's a cockatiel of almost 2.7 ...
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Fever and diarrhea in 4 month old kitten

I have a 4 month old kitten which was very active and playful. However, it seems sick as of two days ago. It's eating much less food and sleeping all the time. It has an increased body temperature, ...
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A suspicious mark on turtle's nose

I just noticed a suspicious-looking mark on my turtle's nose today, and I’m not sure what the cause is. I tried wiping it off and nothing happened Could someone let me know what it is and whether I ...
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What does a adult cat want when it meows a lot?

I have fed him today and played with him. He still meows randomly I just wanna know why he is meowing a lot.
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If I were to get a labrador retreiver, would it suffer from diseases?

I looked at a website, but I wasn't sure. It says that it can suffer from cancer. I just want to make sure if that is correct. Also, does it have any other issues?
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What are the causes of a cat jumping off a roof?

Currently my cat is in serious condition and I was wondering: what happens if a cat fell from a high height, aka a roof?
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My cat's chin is black

My cat’s chin is black. He cries all the time, so I think he also feels pain due to this condition. Also he can’t close his mouth. I don't know what to do, should we visit a vet? He’s been like that ...
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A kitten passed away due to illness, other cat showing similar symptoms

Recently, we rescued three kittens from the same litter as the mother cat was abandoning them. One of our kittens that we rescued sadly passed away and another one is now showing most of the same ...
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My cat is on steroids and she won’t stop crying for food

So my cat has been on steroid medication for a few months now and it makes her hungry ALL the time. She wakes me up at 6am every day. And at night I keep her in my bedroom like I have done for years ...
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Help please! What is wrong with my Betta fish?

My betta fish seems to be sick and has been like that for the past two weeks. He spends most of the day laying at the bottom of the tank and is not responsive. He goes up for air occasionally and is ...
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Will keeping a WaterBath help prevent Overheating during summer in Cockatiels?

Maybe overheating was a word too strong to describe what is happening with my cockatiel. She seems to stick her tongue in and out in constant, rapid motion in order to dissipate heat into the air. I'm ...
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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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Cat with kidney disease

My cat Jack, aged 11, had skin condition about April 1st. Mange was diagnosed and treated over three week period. It seemed fine and then he fell ill again. Vet thought it was respiratory infection ...
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Wheezing/ whistling

My tortoise was wheezing for a while. I took him to the doctor, who gave him antibiotics. Everything was fine. Now he’s wheezing or whistling again, not sure how to describe it. Should I be concerned ...
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Chemicals sprayed on balcony concerned it's harmful to my cat [duplicate]

I live in a 2nd floor apartment and I let my cat lounge on the balcony. I have had an insect infestation on the balcony that I treated with a permethrin spray. It's been 8 hrs since I sprayed the ...
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Bearded dragon skin condition

We have adopted a bearded dragon, over the last few months his skin has deteriorated at first we thought it was him shedding but his now nearly finished his shed and it seems to be worse than before. ...
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Dachshund Vomiting Issue

My wife and I have noticed over the past two years that our dachshund will vomit almost exclusively in the evenings around the same time maybe once or twice a week. It is always yellow bile and has a ...
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Dogs constant paw licking [duplicate]

My dog has been licking and pulling out fur on paws for years. He’s been to the vet so many times and they’ve tried different steroids and now a steroid spray too. I’ve noticed 3 red sore lumps now on ...
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Refugee lovebird with difficulty walking

We suddenly found this refugee lovebird with walking difficulty at our home. I think the bird must have been hurt by falling down form high level of building and its leg has broken: I have this two ...
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Dog not eating her food

Luna is a ~1.5 year old rescue mutt (our guess is border collie-pointer mix). When we first got her 6 months ago she would devour her kibble instantly, but nowadays she barely touches her food when ...
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My cat's razor sharp 'poison-tipped' claws: any physiological issues I should be concerned about?

Our young male rescue cat has razor sharp claws: 5 needle sharp spikes on each paw. I've played with lots of cats and never encountered this? We've had him for about 4 months now and he is getting ...
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Is my Betta too thin or sick?

I recently became a responsible betta owner. I never knew how wrong I was about them. My butterfly betta, Olaf eats very well but has a lump on one side and is less active today. He usually swims very ...
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Should I euthanize my goldfish who has been floating for a month?

I have had my Oranda goldfish for three years now and he/she/it has been floating at the top of the tank upside down for the past month. The tank is a 40 gallon with 2 aqua-tech 40 gallon filters. ...
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What is this bump on my cat?

She has this bump but it’s sticking pretty far out, I’m a little concerned. She started wiggling around when I tried looking at it. It’s too far from her stomach to be a nipple. Should I take her to ...
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Cat Vomiting Every Day

My cat (approximately 16 years old, short hair, no specific breed, indoor cat) has been vomiting pretty much every day (sometimes multiple times) for almost a month. She had a scare with her kidneys ...
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Cat has a small wound on back of the head, do I need to see the vet?

My 5 year old cat has a small wound on the back of it's head for a about two weeks. The wound has an approximate length of 1/4 inch (6mm) and does not seem to grow. What worries me, is that the wound ...
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Rabbit took a sharp downturn after starting new antibiotics

We took our rabbit in a week ago because she wasn't eating much, and the vet said she had an infection in her cheek because of tooth problems which she has had for years now. They sent us home with ...
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My 4.3 month old Persian cat passed away suddenly

My kitten was doing well till yesterday evening. But suddenly she started facing breathing difficulty at 07:30 PM in the evening. I called the Vet and told him symptoms which were no running nose and ...
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What is happening to my cat’s ear?

It started on the inside and now it is all over her ear. The vet told us to put some cream on it. It got worse, so we have her in a cone and some antibiotics. Any have any idea? I’m so sad to see my ...

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