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

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What would cause an oral polyp to recur in my cat?

About a year ago my then-newly-adopted adult male cat had a small growth under his tongue, which my vet removed and biopsied. It was a benign fibrous polyp, which I understand sometimes happens. Now,...
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How successful is Cancer treatment? [closed]

About 3 years ago, my cat was diagnosed with Cancer (Lymphoma). The vet told us that if we went with surgery, the best we could hope for is another year or two before it returned. She was 10 years ...
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Should a cat's nose be wet or dry?

My cat's nose is usually very moist. However, today I found it to be very hot and dry. I've searched about that, but the Internet seems really divided about the subject; some says a dry nose means a ...
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What research is there on the long term effects of pinch-induced behavioral inhibition conditioning on cats?

There have been studies using "clipnosis" a.k.a. pinch-induced behavioral inhibition (PIBI) as a technique to immobilize a variety of animals. The following study examines the use of such a technique ...
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How do I retrain my 8 year-old Shih Tzu to tolerate tooth brushing?

My eight year-old, female Shih Tzu (Lucy) has always balked at getting her teeth brushed, and it has gotten to the point where she refuses - no matter what treats or approach I take. Any advice?
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How do I know if there is too much algae in an outdoor fish pond or pot?

This question Would my fish benefit from snails in their pot pond? asks about having snails in a fish pond/pot to reduce algae. My fish are happily living in a outdoor ceramic pots, approx 80cm high ...
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What is the cause of bloat in rabbits?

There are a number of web sites and published works, with a lot of different and often contradictory causes for bloat in rabbits. Many seem to be reflecting opinions and best guesses. The few works I ...
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Are there any behavioral or health issues related to docked dogs?

My friend wants to adopt a dog with a docked tail and is wondering whether his docked tail will affect his behavior or health. Are there any health or behavioral issues that should be noted before ...
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How much exercise should a young cat be getting?

I have 2 young cats (1.5 years and 8 months). How much activity should they be getting during the day? They seem to be most active in the early morning and then settle down for the majority of the day ...
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What are the healthiest foods I can feed my small dog? [closed]

There are a lot of reports about bad dog food, but seldom a credible one on healthy dog foods. What are the best things I can feed my dog to make sure she lives a long healthy life ?
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Why is my dog's nose wet and cold?

I've noticed that my dog's nose is always runny, wet, and cold. It seems like that's a good thing. However, if my nose was runny, wet, and cold, that's not a good thing.
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How would I deal with a choking cat?

Can someone describe the technique for dealing with a cat that is choking? I just want to know in case my cat ever gets something stuck in its throat. Is it similar to CPR?
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Can goldfish bully each other after an injury?

One of our goldfish was found outside of the pond, on the ground and the cat was sitting next to it, playing with it. We are not sure if the cat fished the goldfish out or if it jumped out, as the ...
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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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Why do dogs eat grass?

I have always been told that dogs eat grass because they have upset stomachs. My dogs, however, eat grass every single time they go outside. I constantly need to remind them that grass is not for ...
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What can owners do to help their dachshund's existing back problems?

My grandfather used to breed dachshunds, needless to say we and many of our extended family owned dachshunds. Due to their long back and small frame and legs, they are prone to back problems; in ...
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Why all the safety concerns regarding topical flea products?

I don't use topical flea products on my cats or dogs. I worry about using a pesticide that is absorbed systemically. This is just my own personal concerns and not intended to alarm people. I was ...
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What plants and animals can naturally oxygenate a fish pond?

I have three freshwater fish pond pots. I do not have a man-made filtration system and the fish are doing well. "How do I balance surface area and volume in my outdoor fish pond?" asks about ...
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What reasons are there to dock a dog's tail?

In relation to this question Are there any behavioral or health issues related to docked dogs?. Apart from cosmetic reasons, what reasons are there to dock a dog's tail?
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Is it safe for my cat to eat fish?

A quick Google search returns results suggesting that feeding fish to your cat is a bad idea: HealthyPets.Mercola.com: Warning - The Very Food Your Pet is Addicted to May Contain This Deadly ...
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Would my fish benefit from snails in their pot pond?

"How do I know if there is too much algae in an outdoor fish pond or pot?" tracks the potential issues with too much algae in my fishes environment. I keep goldfish outdoors in large, ceramic pots, ...
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Can I give human medicine to chickens? [duplicate]

My dad used to medicate our non-livestock chickens with human drugs by dosing their water supply. We have medicated using ampicillin, vitamin C capsules, and sometimes multivitamins. The chickens ...
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What danger signs indicate health issues when aquiring a new dog?

I am considering buying or adopting a new dog, and was wondering what signs I should look for to indicate health issues?
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Are there any health or behavioral issues specific to tripod (3-legged) dogs?

There is a very sweet dog at the shelter that was in an accident and only has 3 legs. Are there any specific behavioral or health issues I should take into account when deciding whether or not to ...
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What bad breath solutions exist for dogs?

Specialized canine toothpaste is expensive. Can anyone recommend an alternative to brushing with toothpaste to cure a dog's bad breath?
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Does neutering have any negative effect on the health of a dog?

After asking Can a dog contract a sexually transmitted infection?, I want to advise my friend to neuter his dog and I want to do the same with my own dog. I want to ensure my dog is still safe, so I ...
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How can I prevent cutting my dog when clipping his nails?

After reading Is styptic powder OK to use after it gets damp? , I wondered why people would use such a product. For some animals there may be health conditions that would cause nails to bleed when ...
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When is it safe to take my dog out to the park?

My puppy is six weeks old and has only had her first vaccination. I want to start socialising her with other dogs and people, but don't want her to catch any nasty canine diseases. When is it safe ...
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How can I identify and get more information about poisoned jerky treats?

Over the last few years, I've heard from the news that jerky treats are poisoning pet dogs and cats. Even today (October 23rd, 2013), I'm hearing about it on the news. I am concerned; what is going ...
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What is the ideal frequency and time to feed my 11-year-old bichon frisé?

I have an 11-year-old Bichon Frisé. She is in good shape (8.9kg) and eats mostly ration. Exceptions include occasional tiny pieces of carrot (she loves it!) and some dog chews (only whites) 3-4 times ...
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My dog prefers to drink from a pond than her bowl

We have a large fish pond, 20 foot long by 6 foot long, it was man made, but by not by using a premade mould, by using layers of heavy duty plastic and careful placement of rocks (I am not entirely ...
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What are the risks of leaving a dog unattended in the car?

I see a fair number of people in my area leaving their dogs in the car while they eat at a restaurant. This doesn't strike me as a particularly safe or healthy practice. Aside from expected ...
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Is chocolate harmful for dogs?

There's all this fuss over feeding dogs chocolate and how it can be harmful and even fatal. I had never heard of this growing up and we never had a problem all the years we had dogs, but looking back ...
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How to heal a wounded chameleon? [closed]

My daughter just came in with a fairly large chameleon that our cat caught and wounded. It's got big puncture wounds in both its sides from the cat's teeth, and very traumatized. Any idea what to do ...
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How long can fox baits be harmful for my dog?

My neighbors whippet recently died from going into the bush when there were fox baits. The councils do warn that they are laying baits. (I also had a whippet that died from being baited on our common ...
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Should I feed my cat milk?

My cat seems to enjoy a bowl of cow's milk. I have noticed some runny stools, since I have been giving him milk. Could the milk be causing this? We are thinking about getting another cat (as a kitten)...
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How do I care for my donkey's feet?

We've recently adopted a donkey. Having no experience of donkeys, I am wondering what foot care they need, are they similar to horses?

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