Questions tagged [health]

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

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Why is my cat drooling and unable to eat food and clean itself?

My cat is unable to eat for the last 1 week. I don't know what the problem is, but her mouth is drooling a lot. She is also unable to clean herself. I guess there is some problem in her mouth, but ...
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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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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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What effect do loud drums have on cats' hearing?

I have two 15-year-old black cats. They're the most timid little things ever. My brother plays his acoustic drum set at least once a week, and the loudness is incredible no matter where I go in the ...
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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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Dog's cotton allergy

My dog has a cotton allergy. It began by seeming like mange. The vet gave steroids which worked for a couple days back during the mange diagnosis. Lowering the immune system with allergy shots seems ...
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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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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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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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What are the pink spots on my African dwarf frogs?

I have two african dwarf frogs, and one of them has pink spots under both of its arms. I have been trying to figure out what they are, and I just can't figure it out. Does anyone possibly know what ...
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What temperature ranges are appropriate for a pet rabbit?

I have seen rabbits on TV living everywhere from the arctic to the desert. Can I expect a pet rabbit to do well in the same range of temperatures as their wild cousins? If not what temperature ...
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Why is my Pleco turning white, how to improve his health

A few days ago I got a Pleco and some cherry shrimp for my aquarium. Due to my being a complete idiot, the bag with the Pleco fell while I was acclimating the shrimp. In order to keep it alive I put ...
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Why are so many horses put down when they break their leg?

It seems to be a common, and to me upsetting, theme that if a horse breaks its leg it gets put down but this doesn't hold true for some other animals. For example, if a dog or cat breaks its leg the ...
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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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My German Shepherd has arthritis, how can I get her down the steps?

My parents have a 10-year-old female German Shepherd that has hip arthritis, which is especially bad on one side. She limps pretty much everywhere, and even has trouble getting up off the floor. The ...
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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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Do dogs 'sigh out of contentment'?

Over the years, I have noticed with all of my dogs that after I have given some sweet talk and ear scratches, they will give out a long sigh. I am hoping this is out of contentment. Is there any basis ...
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What could be the cause of my dogs hair pattern?

I've recently started to notice that my dog (staff, female) is getting quite patchy hair on the top of her head. She also has a bald patch on her neck that I am unable to get a picture if at this ...
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Repetitive Paw Licking

My wife and I adopted a wonderful 5 year old female Pitbull about a year ago. Shortly after we got her she started licking her paws, not just normal cleaning of the paws but repetitive licking until ...
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Dog strange behavior before pooping

My dog is a shiba. He is now 16 months old. We live in a hot region in Brazil. This is our first pet, therefore we don't know how to address many suspicious behaviors. Unfortunately, some of these ...
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Guppy died then disappeared?

Long story short, I now had one guppy in a 5 gallon tank. He looked less active about one week ago. Then about 2 days ago he stopped eating. Then he just laid around with zero energy although his ...
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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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What might be a typical stomach ulcer healing process and timeline?

Sadly, my cat (11 years old, male neutered) was recently diagnosed with moderate inflammation of his intestines (IBD) and a stomach ulcer. It explains his occasional vomiting over the last couple of ...
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Can check (choke) chain collars still be used to successfully train dogs?

We grew up using check chains (also known as choke chains) on our dogs (responsibly, or so I thought). There are articles like this one (Flying Paws Dog Training) saying these chains should never be ...
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French Bulldog very itchy

My French bulldog has always been “itchy” and has taken medication to help, but it’s never really gone away or help take the edge off. Today, it looks to have flared up even more. Does anyone have any ...
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New GloFish are staying at top and sides of tank, not swimming around

I just bought three GloFish at PetSmart and put them in a tank I had ready at home. One of them stays at the top, sometimes it's two of them. The others stay near the wall. Petsmart said that my ...
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How long and often should I walk my pig?

I have a 10 month old (mostly) American mini-pig/potbelly mix. We've been taking the little guy on walks about 4 days a week. We'll go out around the block and interact with some neighbors and let ...
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Why would my male cat's nipple fall off?

I have a 10 year old slightly obese indoor cat. Recently, I was petting his stomach and thought I found what may have been a scab. I scrapped it gently with my finger nail before I had the hair ...
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How long (distance) should I exercise my Husky puppy?

For a husky pup between the ages of 8 weeks to 8 months, I would like to know what a suitable distance for a jog would be before the dog will become fatigued. I understand this will vary, but just ...
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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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How can I fix my relationship with my 7 month old cat after I've constantly abused her the past month?

My kitten is 7 month old, and I... [Content Warning: Descriptions of animal abuse behind spoiler] Now she won't move around me, being highly cautious to every move and every sound. I feel so bad ...
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Fatty belly for my zebra danio - what should I do? I don't think she is pregnant

I have another and she also have the same fatty belly:
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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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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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Is it cruel to give pigs nose rings?

I am very interested in pigs, and recently I read that some farmers will give pigs nose rings to prevent them from rooting. This seems cruel considering that the nose is a pig's primary means of ...
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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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Fragile, bumpy chicken eggs

We've got 4 chickens in the garden and 3 of them lay wonderful eggs. The 4th, a light Sussex, lays quite strange eggs. They're quite big but the shell is incredibly fragile and bumpy too. They're not ...
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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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What is the cause of splayed/spread front legs in an older rabbit?

Our 10+ year old brown dutch rabbit Baxter had front legs that he placed to the side. In the picture below you can see his white feet are placed out from his body at about the shoulder while the ...
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Pug Allergy - Skin Rash

I have a pug and it's usually very active and we don't feed anything apart from Drools Focus Puppy. Recently, it got a Skin Rash on the top neck region and gradually it started expanding. We had ...
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My cat just drank one bowl full of water in an hour, is this normal?

Everyday my cat eats sweets with us at tea time and she likes it very much. So I decided to give her more sweets today. After that she has drunk one bowl full of water in an hour. Is this normal? It ...
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Do cats benefit from human probiotics?

My cat is going through a 4-week antibiotics prescription, and due to it he’s having a bad diarrhea. I have a probiotic supplement containing: Bifidobacterium bifidum Bifidobacterium longum ...
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My dog has very reflective eyes but no night vision!

I just adopted a dog from a local shelter and she bumps into things at night. She is 5 and very healthy. I am able to see, but she evidently cannot. Her eyes are very reflective blue/green. I asked my ...
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My koi has an odd scale that may 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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Is my cat healthy, ill, or just getting older?

My cat is 5 years old. She is a very friendly cat, playful, and seems very normal, but she is very skinny. She eats and drinks regularly, goes to the bathroom normally, and gets plenty of fresh air. ...
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Wheezing/whistling symptoms in a tortoise

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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