Questions tagged [health]

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

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What is this black spot in my kitten's snout? [duplicate]

My kitten is 7 weeks old and there is this dark spot in his nose, which is slightly protruding. It appeared about a week ago and it has only been growing since then. I started getting worried when the ...
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Cats/kittens with lumps under their skin

I have multiple cats ranging from 2 yrs old to 4 months old. They have all been treated for fleas and tape worms and are now flea free and on last worm treatment. My question is has anyone had cats ...
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Why did my cat eat a bee, and then puke afterwards?

A couple weeks back, one of my cats, Odin, ate a bee. A lot was going on at that moment, I was getting ready for a new couch, and a friend was over. Then, while we were switching the couches, Odin ...
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My cat's lower canine tooth is loose

Yesterday morning I noticed my cat's face seemed a little puffy around the left side of her mouth. I didn't see anything wrong and she didn't seem upset about it. Last night I checked again and her ...
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Are the snails suffering?

My roommate left me with 11 Giant African snails for a week and my job is to feed them lettuce every day, which I'm doing. I'm worried for them because their glass aquarium to me seems too small (30 / ...
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Is my guppy healthy? Its colour is weird

I just bought a male and female guppy, and the male guppy is really small, probably a month or two old. This is my first time getting a fish. The male guppy seems to have a black spot near his head. ...
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Need tips for my friend's sick lab [closed]

My best friend's lab is sick. She is vomiting, will not sleep, nor eat. I am really worried! She was just recently pregnant with 4 pups. Please help!
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Is dry food better for pets’ teeth?

I had always heard that dry food was better for my dog and cat because it helps keep their teeth clean, I even remember TV commercials about dry treats that would clean the dog’s teeth. In the ...
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How to help an infant palm squirrel that is not drinking milk and seems like it's suffocating

My dog brought the squirrel infant from somewhere. We were giving him buffalo milk for the last 2 days, but today he stopped taking milk and is kind of suffocating with his mouth open. What can we ...
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Can cats safely eat raw meat?

Is it safe to feed my cat raw meat, or should we cook the meat first? Or should we stick exclusively to factory produced cat food instead?
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Ear problems in kitten

Two weeks ago, I took in a feral kitten (he’s 7 weeks old now), but the last few days his ears have started peeling, scabbing and smell bad. There is no black stuff in his ears either. I’ve tried F10, ...
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My goldfish started growing a flower-like thing on his head and it is now disturbing it during eating

My pet goldfish, Mentos, has a flower-like structure growing on his head. At first, we didn't take it as a big issue. Now, it started concerning us and the fish itself because it blocks him from ...
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Senior dog feeling down and shaking

My dog is a female chihuahua, around over 10 years old (I found her on the street and don't know exact age). For the past 4 weeks, she progressively started to shake a little as if she was cold, but ...
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One month old puppy pacing in circles and crying

I picked up a stray puppy from the side of the road 3 days back. She is an Indian breed. She was crawling on her belly into shade when I found her. I picked her (brown) up along with 2 other (black) ...
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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? [duplicate]

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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My kitten ate a coffee bean

We realized our kitten got a coffee bean quite a while ago and it's not exhibiting any weird symptoms that we can realize. Should we worry?
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Black spots at base of rat's whiskers

My rat has developed dark spots at the base of her whiskers, her front claws seem to be dark too. They look like they might be dried blood, but I'd have expected her to have cleaned herself. Has ...
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Female guppies are fine, but male is sick

I recently got a 54L aquarium and stocked it with 4 small guppies - 1 male and 3 female. Initially they all seemed to be doing fine - eating, very active within the tank etc. The male looked great ...
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Dog sick after boarding

This has happened twice in the past two months. I dropped my female, 1 year old, spayed dog off at the boarder for a week. When I picked her up, she was lethargic (just laying down), hot and sweaty, ...
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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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I have a Russian Tortoise. Should I let him hibernate from fall till spring without feeding him? Or should I wake him up?

I have an estimated 15 year old Russian tortoise who I've had for 5 years. I typically leave his lights off throughout fall. This year he's gone through winter, too. Should I be doing this or is it ...
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My vet told me my cat's heart has an abnormal sound--will this affect how long she might live?

My cat is 13 years old and during a visit to my vet, the vet told me there was a strange sound from her heart, it was not the normal click sound from the heart valve (s). Actually, I did think there ...
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Did my kitten have a seizure?

We just brought home a kitten an hour ago and everything seemed to be fine. As I was crawling over towards it, it stopped and looked scared and started to shake. Its eyes were focused forward, but at ...
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Why is my cat losing hair in small patches on her head?

I have noticed about two weeks ago that when my cat came back inside she was losing hair on the top of her head. There is a bit of dandruff, but the hair is slowly growing back. She is also showing ...
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My 2-month-old Persian kitten's fur on tail does not seem right

My Persian kitten's fur on his tail has not been completely scattered. The part that has no fur has a dandruff-like disorder and he's scratching it. No fur is growing on that part. He has no ticks nor ...
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When do rabbits need a dry and insulated place to sit?

My female rabbit likes to sit on the grass in my garden. In summer, this seems normal to me, but in the colder seasons, I am worried about her health. For example today it is a cloudy, foggy, and ...
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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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My 12 year old cat is very sick

My 12 year old cat has been losing a lot of weight all of a sudden. She behaves fine, but she is always hungry. As soon as she finishes eating, however, she goes straight to her litter box and has ...
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Potbelly pig's front legs pull to chest and she screams in pain

Maggie is an 8 year old, 150 lbs (68 kg) potbelly pig. She is often unable to walk. She goes to move forward, but then her front legs go tight against her chest and she sits up, screaming. She looks ...
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Betta dying help

I forgot to save the old water from when I cleaned my betta’s tank and now he’s floating at the bottom. What can I do? I have already tried putting my guppies’ tank water in to do half half and it’s ...
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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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What are the health risk difference between elastration & surgical neuter?

Elastration is the banding of the testicles restricting blood flow and resulting in removal of the testicles. This method is commonalty used on farm animals, sheep and goats in particular. Special ...
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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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Cat’s tail only goes to the right after fall

My male cat (neutered, 13 y/o) fell while I was away two weeks ago. I don’t know how he fell or where. When I came home after being gone for only a few hours he had a noticeable limp and couldn’t lift ...
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Why do my dog's ears feel warm?

My dog has been experiencing some digestive track issues and I noticed that her ears are warm to the touch. Does this indicate she may have a fever?
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Why are my fish dying?

Since moving house 8 weeks ago I've inherited a fish pond, containing around 20 fish, which is 270cm in length, 130cm wide, and 35cm deep in the middle. It uses a Hozelock Cyprio Ecopower Plus 5000 ...
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My leopard gecko is sick [duplicate]

My leopard gecko got moved to a new cage a month ago. In the last two weeks he has refused to eat anything. He is out of hiding and walking throughout his cage. His tank is around 84°F (29°C) on the ...
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Help guinea pig recover from bad impaction

So, my guinea pig has been acting very sick for 2 or 3 days, and today we noticed he had a huge impaction. We think he may have had it for a few weeks, but just noticed when he started acting very ...
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Is an UV lamp dangerous for fish?

Is the UV lamp useful for decorative freshwater (aquarium) fishes or may it be rather dangerous instead? As far as I am aware the Sun causes fishes' coloration to saturate, and although the UV lamp ...
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Can I get sick from my cats sharing my food or drink?

My cat loves to drink out of my water glass. We don't try to encourage the behavior, but sometimes she sneaks a sip while we're not looking. She also sometimes tries to have a taste of our food. Can ...
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Why is zinc oxide bad for dogs?

This answer to applying sunscreen to dogs says that you shouldn't apply human sunscreen to them because it contains zinc oxide and that's bad for dogs. What about it is bad, and what would happen if a ...
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Gourami breathing at water's surface

I've had a pair of Pearl Gouramis and another pair of Opaline Gouramis for a few months now and, unlike any of my other fish (Tetras, Rainbow, Loaches), they spend time at the surface breathing the ...
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Is it safe to get my cat on X-ray machine?

My vet advised having an X-ray taken of my cat's paw after she was stomped upon by my reckless neighbor who I am not speaking with anymore. She is always coming to drink my coffee and take my food, ...
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Stepped on my kitten's paw

I accidentally stepped on my kitten's paw while walking. She cried loudly and hid in a corner immediately after. I checked her paw , tried moving it just to see if it caused her any pain. Apart from ...
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Female guinea pig uterus infection, please help

My female guinea pig Coco, 2 years old, recently had her sonography done and she was found to have uterus infection. We have two other female guinea pigs, and one of them previously too had a uterus ...
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What should I do for my rat with an injured eye? [duplicate]

My rats got into a tiff last night or this morning and one has an eye injury. No vets near me treat rats and I don't know what to do. What should I do to help my rat?
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How fresh should cecotropes be when used to recolonize a different rabbit?

I have a rabbit that just came off a series of antibiotic injections. At first I thought he had some GI issues (jelly stool & loss of appetite). I kept food going through him (by force if needed) ...
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Goldfish stopped eating after moving to a new tank, how to help them eat again?

I used to have a very small fish tank (can be seen in this older question), and finally upgraded it to much bigger tank, moving the fish into it. In the old, small tank, the fish used to hover a lot, ...
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What can I do about this injury of my rabbit?

Our Rex rabbit has recently become pregnant and had a miscarriage. She still keeps plucking fur on the back of her neck like she is still making a nest. She has plucked her fur so much she caused a ...
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Does anybody know what this lump on my bulldog could be?

So my bulldog has a lump that seems to look like a wart, as it is dry on the top. It is growing, but it's causing him no discomfort. However, he has suffered with his skin a little.

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