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

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Adequate UV light for my birds

My vet told me that my birds (parakeets like in the below image) may have calcium absorption problems in the long term because their exposition to UV light is low (they do not receive direct sunlight,...
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Am I feeding ok for my 6 inch map turtle?

Her pellet foods. Her bugco superworms. I currently feed my map turtle 3 worms in the morning and 3 more in the afternoon like 3pm or 2pm and also feed her just a little bit of calcium and vitamin c ...
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Depressed budgie

I have a female budgie, whom I have had for at least four years. She is in a cage about 3 ft square x 1.5 feet wide with a slightly younger male. They used to groom each other and sing all day long, ...
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My brand new goldfish is gasping for air

Today I went to the pet shop and got a goldfish. My tank is 20litres and the goldfish is pretty small. When I first got the fish it was gasping and eating the bubbles in the bag I thought this was ...
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Really Red rash looking swollen nipples

My female Pitt just had puppies and she has a really bad I don't even know what it is a rash or I don't know but it's all over her stomach and nipples and her nipples are really swollen bad um I don't ...
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I’m dog sitting for my mom for 10 days but her dogs won’t eat the food she always feeds them

Is this because they miss her or because they are in a different setting? It’s been 5 days and they only really will eat snacks. Just not their food
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My rat is drooling/has thick spit and it looks like blood. They are also heaving as if they are trying to vomit

I have a senior rat, about three years in age who just started spitting up/drooling blood like substance, though it looks pinkish, and he will occasionally heave as if he is trying to puke. He is also ...
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Is it fine if my 2 week kitten hasn’t pooped in 2 days?

I got a 2 week orphan kitty 2 days ago and we’ve been feeding him every 5 hours and stimulating him after, but he only pees, no poop. Now i’m starting to be concerned because it’s been 2 full days ...
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Galliprant & enrofloxacin

Can I give galliprant and enrofloxacin to my 9.8 pound dog. She has a sensitive stomach. I gave her pepcid AC 1hour before enrofloxacin 8:30pm. Its 9:34pm. Is it ok to give her the galliprant. She ...
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Helping outdoor dogs in extreme heat waves

We are in the middle of our worst bush fires in recorded history, fueled by the fact we're in the second year of drought and are having record highs. The other day topped at 43 degrees Celsius and we'...
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How do you know if your horse/s have mange? How do you treat it?

My horses have been getting itchy legs, some are missing hair on their faces and chests. This is not improving with the usual treatments of insect repellants, for flies. There's a lot of ticks on ...
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Kitten got into espresso beans [duplicate]

My kitten got into a small bag of espresso beans. I am unsure how many he ate. My husband had left the bag on the counter. He is getting to the point where he climbs everything. He hasn't been snipped ...
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What is the percent of rats that survive mammary tumor surgery?

Last week I noticed a growth on my rats chest. I got her into the vet and they said it was a mammary tumor. One option is to let it take its course and manage pain through medications and eventually ...
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How to cure persistent infections in the ear of a dog?

My dog had a fight with another dog and his ear got infected. Ever since then we'd prescribe antibiotics for his ear infection and it'll get better for a month, but it keeps recurring. The vet just ...
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Are there any natural meds for cat flu?

I wonder if there are any natural meds which can be used when cat suffers from flu. I have no problem to buy meds for them, I just want to know if there is any alternative. Once my cat had a hoarse ...
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I have a west highland terrier that is 11yrs old(in human yrs) and he drinks his own urine, what should I do?

My Westie is 11yrs old and he’s drinking his own urine and I don’t know what I should do. I give him water throughout the day but he always drinks so much like as if he hasn’t had water in days, he’ll ...
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Can horses eat lawn mower grass clippings?

I've heard over the years that horses shouldn't be fed grass clippings from lawn mowers. Is this dangerous and why would it be?
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What are emotional support animals?

I read the term "emotional support animal" several times now. I have some imagination about them, but no real information. Because of that my question is: What are emotional support animals? Most ...
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Why is my cats top fur matted? [duplicate]

What causes my cats matted fur? I think its sap from the bushes she crawls into. Others say long haired cats get knots when they shed.
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New lizard lost tail 2 times already, worried about his/her safety

So recently, our family bought 2 more leopard geckos for the current 2 ones we already had... My sisters gecko is "supposedly" a girl, and her new young girl/boy got along nicely, they separated but ...
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If sterillising dogs and cats deprive them of sex hormones, does that not cause the likelihood of osteoporosis the way it does in humans?

Someone told me that surgically removing these organs negatively affects their hormone profiles, and that people started vascectomising male dogs and cats for this reason, but I don't know if a ...
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Bumps from mites or something else?

My dog started becoming very itchy and had tiny bumps on her skin so we assumed she had mites like she had in the past , we are working on getting her into the vet but now recently she’s developed ...
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Can a red belly black snake kill a horse? How would I know if my horse has been bitten?

My horse was eating and jumped back from her feed bowl and wouldn't go back to it. I thought she may have been stung by the electric fence, but thought that was strange as she was well aware of how to ...
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My dogs lips and gums are changing color

I have a 1 and a half year old Male Rhodesian Ridgeback and in the past 2 months his lip and gum is changing color from black to a whitish-red. I have taken him to his vet but the vet just said it's ...
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Cat is shaking and sleeping

I got a 4 year old Sphynx cat 6 days ago. He’s been sleeping a lot and shaking constantly when he’s awake. I took him to the vet and he said he thinks this is nothing to worry about. I’m concerned as ...
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Obesity in indoor cats compared to outdoor cats

Are there any statistics / findings on obesity rates in strictly indoor cats as compared to outdoor cats? Does giving a mostly indoor cat some time outside often result in noticeable weight loss?
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Spots on cat's nose

I have recently noticed several spots on my black cat's nose. At first I thought they were just dust spots but they don't wipe off and have a slightly raised texture. He seems to have developed a few ...
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Old cat drooling profusely - teeth problems - what to do at home?

I have an almost 20-year old female cat cat (spayed if it matters) that was a rescue and has lived with me for the last 10 years or so. She is pretty much deaf now (this doesn't bother her really). ...
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What could I feed a dog if my budget is small?

After reading this question: Is cheap human food for street dogs good for their health? I thinking about cheap foods for dogs (for example stray dogs one wants to support), if one does not have the ...
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Does my cat need to see a Veterinarian for his teeth?

I have a three year old cat who recently began swallowing some of his dry food without chewing. I brush his teeth with enzymatic toothpaste every two to three days on average. I attached two photos of ...
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How to stop my male dog licking other dog urine? [duplicate]

I understand this is all instinctual. He's a mastiff mix and he isn't cut. The big issue is it makes his hormones go crazy and he ends up bleeding (spotting, really) from his man biz. It also makes ...
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Senior dog constant ear scratching? [duplicate]

I have a senior citizen doggie that keeps scratching her ears. I assume she has an ear infection. I haven’t taken her to a vet because she’s very old and has a hard time moving around. She also doesn’...
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Want to know solution of betta fish problem

My betta fish isn't eating food from last week. He sinks at the bottom of the tank and color faded. What is the solution?
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Cat's tail tip looks like it has some sort of fungus or necrosis

I have a kitty, just a couple months old. Once we adopted him he got ear mites or something like that, started scratching himself, losing fur, a lot of weird tiny wounds appeared on him. And his tail ...
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Parasitic worm from dog?

Last evening I found two small white worms crawling frantically across my white comforter on my bed attempting to burrow into it.. this after my roommate’s dog slept on my bed leaving copious amounts ...
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Is there any research showing dangers to cats from dried Permethrin?

A sister site has a post Is Permethrin safe for cats after it dries? it has a well referenced answer saying that cats should be kept away from Permethrin before it dries. But there have been some ...
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Why is there brown stuff in my dog's ear?

I don't know when this happened. Just a moment ago my dog started to scratch his ears kind a rough,I though it was weird so I check his ears and I see this. What happened here ? I'm really worried ...
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What to pour on soil where cats eliminate?

I have a small plot of land (about 10x10 feet) with soil and a few trees. I also take care of 5-7 street kitties and this is where they pee and poop. Is there anything I can pour on this soil to “...
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Ivory Python Belly turned Dark Green

I got a Ivory Ball Python back in March and even though his lower jaw was a little deformed (it was a bit shorter than his tip but he still was able to feed correctly) we loved him. Unfortunately he ...
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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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Cat eye infection

The mother cat gave birth to three kittens in our backyard. After the first month, I noticed one of the kittens' eyes has some "rheum" and is semi closed. I thought maybe it'd go away by it self (bad ...
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Help with kidney failure in dogs/not eating

My chi (10yrs) developed kidney failure, and Dr's said he is a miracle because I've been keeping him alive for 3 yrs. I give sub q IV lactated ringers 3xwk, give Phosphorous reducing med, and make ...
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Can a Shrimp be a pet?

I want to keep Shrimp as a pet but it always be dead about 1 or 2 days. I read lots of information and knows that it is lack of dissolved of oxygen. How to get the water full of dissolved of oxygen?
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My cat has strange scabs in her ear

My cat has these scabs in one of her ears and she recently fought one of my other cats (it was play fighting but it was pretty rough) so it might have gotten jacked up from that but I want to be more ...
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What kind of food should I give to my boxer that is healthy and not expensive? [duplicate]

I have a boxer dog about 6 years old. I would like to give him unprocessed food (such as croquettes pedigree). Lately I have given pieces of chicken (the cheapest I have found) cooked but it is much ...
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Is the FDA's announcement on luxury brand, grain-free dog foods implying the food simply is not complete?

The FDA announced 16 brands, typically higher end lines advertising grain free foods, may be linked to dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) in canines. As I am not a vet or a scientist, I am not completely ...
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How can I help my sick leopard gecko?

Two years ago my brother got a pet leopard gecko. We still don't know it's gender but I will say him. For two years he was fine and looked healthy had a fat tail and ate fine. The only problem was ...
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Strategies to prevent a single rabbit from getting lonely when its owners are on holiday?

I've been asked to take care of our neighbors' rabbit again this upcoming summer holiday for two weeks. I also did so last summer, and I think I may have messed that up, and that it got too lonely ...
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Something appeared below my cats eye in 12 hours

Something appeared below my cat's eye. and 12 hours before, there was nothing. This was him yesterday 00:00 This is him 12 hours later on First I thought that he might have had scratched himself ...
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Sisters dog has a fungal infection on the belly

Is a fungal infection on my sisters west highland white contagious to my dog who is a Lhasa 13 years old but very healthy My dog is a male