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

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Why would my yellow-bellied sliders completely reject light and dryness?

I have two yellow-bellied sliders (Trachemys scripta scripta). The water is more than 6cm tall, the aquarium is 50cm x 30cm and the turtles are like 7cm long. The aquarium is indoor. They have semi-...
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Can a human glucose meter be used to check the blood sugar of a pet?

Diabetes is a terrible disease that affects people and pets. If both I, and my pet, have diabetes, can I use my meter to check my pets blood sugar? On a quick check of the internet, I found a ...
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Cats not drinking enough water [duplicate]

My cats doesn't drink enough water. They both fart usually. We tried to make them drink water usually but it didn't help totally. They both eat dry cat food and milk. What should be done?
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Can rabbits lose fur when stressed?

My rabbit is really used to people, and doesn't like other rabbits, so she is the only one I have. Before I went on vacation I made sure that she was brushed really well. We took her to my friend's ...
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What could be the reason for my Schnauzer having a bluish eye?

I have a miniature Schnauzer, who is 4 years old and in good health, but a couple days ago I noticed that his right eye is bluish and the left eye is normal (dark). I took two pictures to compare ...
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How can I tell the proper dosage of Selenium Yeast for a young pig?

I have some Selenium Yeast to feed to my pigs and help solve deficiencies. But it doesn't come with instructions on how much I should give them. How can I tell the proper dosage for the pigs and how ...
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What could cause muscle spasms in a litter of piglets?

While feeding a mother and her newborn litter of piglets this morning, I noticed that most of the piglets seemed to have persistent muscle spasms, specifically on their backends. They were pretty much ...
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Is it healthier for a cat to breed before being spayed or neutered?

I am debating when to neuter my male cat and I wonder if waiting until after he's mated with my female cat would be best for both of them. I found this study that suggests that because the hormones ...
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How can I improve my DIY turtle food?

So I've concocted a food recipe for my turtle, and I want to make sure I have not missed or over added anything, below is a list of the constituents: raw chicken turtle sticks some paprika 5 peas 3 ...
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Cat not interested in food

I have a cat, at least 16 years old, who is not interested in food. On Sunday when I noticed it she had some food in the morning and none for the rest of the day. In the morning she puked everything ...
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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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How can I encourage a kitten to poop for a stool sample?

I always seem to have this problem. My kitten has her second doctor's appointment coming up (second round of shots), and I still need to get them a stool sample for a checkup, preferably no older ...
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Can furry pets get sunburn?

If my pet is outside do I need to be concerned about sunburn? Does their fur protect them, if so what about exposed areas, like nose and inside ears.
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How many days does it take an ammonia spike to occur?

I recently bought a new aquarium along with four small tiger barbs. I'm currently learning how to cycle the water so I was wondering how long can the fish live in the unchanged water before it needs ...
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My rabbit survived botulism poisoning; is she now immune to it?

According to this article by the Ontario Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs; an inactivated toxoid is used to vaccinate horses against botulism. Though it does call for an annual re-...
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Making life easier for an arthritic dog

We're currently bringing our 9 year old white schnauzer cross to the vet for treatment for arthritis. It primarily affects his rear left leg at the moment, but we're told it may affect his other ...
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Are maggots appropriate food for a turtle?

I've got my turtle some dog food to use as an occasional treat for it. I've only gave it once and it didn't even eat from it then. I then covered and left it. After some time I noticed some white ...
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Can dogs eat the leftover bones from grilled ribs?

I gave my dogs a few leftover bones from grilled ribs, thinking they'd chew on them for a few days. No. They ate them whole, right then and there. Is this safe / healthy?
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How old should a puppy be whenever you adopt them?

I realize that a dog can never be too old to adopt, my parents just adopted a fairly senior citizen schnauzer. However, how young is too young to adopt a puppy? It's been a while, but I think we ...
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Chameleon has swelling on hind legs, what could be the cause of this? Metabolic bone disease or something else?

I recently purchased a juvenile male veiled chameleon. He has small swellings on the back of his hind legs which I fear could be symptoms of metabolic bone disease. Any help? I've seen a lot of ...
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Travelling with cat by plane

We are currently arranging for our pet cat to join us in the UK. We've gone through the process of organising the trip and fulfilled (or will do) all the requirements to have the cat in the UK (she ...
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Why does my puppy pick up and suck on, or carries, objects?

I have a 12 week old pure-bred Dachshund puppy. When taking him for walks (actually one long sniff session, but that's another thing), I notice that she has a habit of picking up objects in her mouth ...
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Should I worry about my kitten eating litter?

I've just bought a female kitten (8.5 weeks old) and although she is litter trained (apart from a couple of accidents), whenever she is using her litter tray she chews on the litter. I presume she ...
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How long can a healthy cat go without food?

I am trying to change the kind of food my cat is getting, and he is refusing to eat it. He is completely healthy, he passed his last annual physical without issue. If I give him some of the old ...
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Swollen right leg on tortoise [closed]

I just discovered that my tortoise's right front leg is swollen. I don't see any redness, and no problems with movement except for its right leg, which it can't extend. It eats well. Its diet ...
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My cat buddi gets some kind of black stuff in its eyes, is that a problem? [closed]

My cats been getting some kind of black stuff around its eyes, is it normal?
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Dog keeps biting at this spot on his tail

Am I worrying too much? I noticed the past day that he keeps biting at this one spot, and I noticed it was balding. I took a picture of it. Can anyone give me any ideas on if this looks normal or not? ...
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Is tap water safe for reptiles?

Is it okay to give my reptile a bowl of tap water to drink from and bathe/swim in? Or is there something wrong with tap water that I should avoid?
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Why is my Turkey's jaws out of alignment?

So the new pet turkey that followed my wife home, seems to have a lower beak that's a little misaligned with the upper beak. She (the turkey) does not seem to be in pain, and is eating normally.The ...
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Why are my snake's belly scales turning yellow?

I recently took my snake out of his cage to hold him for a bit but I noticed a light yellow on his belly. He has checker like scales with some black and some white (those colored scales were on him ...
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Is filtered water healthy for dogs?

Is filtered water (Brita filters, etc.) healthy for dogs? If so, what are the risks? I know that some owners give their dogs unfiltered water, e.g. from the sink. I was also going to give my dog some ...
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What is the recovery profile for botulism?

Assuming my pet rabbit survives botulism poisoning, what should the recovery process look like? I have researched a lot and either am not finding, or am not understanding the details. Pet ingests ...
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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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How can botulism occur in hay and is it hazardous to my pet?

A recent question Why can't my rabbit lift it's head? suggested that botulism in hay could be problematic for some pets. When I think of Botulism I think of poorly canned food, how could it ...
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Why can't my rabbit lift it's head?

Thursday started normally: 6:00 AM each of 5 upstairs bunnies getting personal grooming. 9:00 AM everyone in for nap time. 10:00 AM Lyra (3 years old) is very sick, can not lift her head, call to ...
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Is trancing due to fear, or vice versa?

My rabbit is virtually fearless. He does not run from cats or running cars, showing curiosity instead. (The one time he got up close and sniffed a cat, he did become startled and put a couple meters ...
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Should I be worried that my cat is making a huffing noise?

I have a six year old diabetic Devon Rex cat. Yesterday she was sleeping on the chair next to me. Suddenly she lifted her head and started making a strange huffing noise, almost like she was ...
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Should I treat inflamed gums with benadryl?

His gums are very red and inflamed, especially in front.. The pic doesn't do it justice. He hasn't had any diet changes lately (we changed his food about 2 weeks ago) and TO MY KNOWLEDGE he didn't ...
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What could cause a 13 year old diabetic American Eskimo to vomit about an hour after she eats?

I'm pet-sitting my father's 13-year-old American Eskimo for a week. The dog is diabetic and has been for a number of years after contracting erlichiosis and Lyme disease years ago. My father ...
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Why does my dog continues to urinate even after he puts his leg down

For the past few weeks while walking my dog, after he urinates and puts his leg down, pee continues to come out of him. We had his urine test done and everything was fine. I'm wondering what is ...
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What are the health risks if my pet has fleas?

Effective flea control on mammalian pets in current society is mostly about applying toxic substances to the pet that will keep killing fleas (and other parasites) over a period of time. Reapply ...
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What are the pet health considerations in using fipronil for treating parasites?

Fipronil is a topical flea and other parasite treatment for pets. Is there any evidence supporting health concerns in humans or pets with the use of Fipronil for treating fleas? What dosage/...
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What is the safest way to remove tinsel/ribbon from a cat?

Okay, so bit of an odd question, but this happens every year like clockwork, so I want to be prepared. I have a cat, who likes to eat ribbon and tinsel and the like. Normally, I just try to keep it ...
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What are the pet health considerations for selamectin for treating parasites?

Selamectin is a topical flea and other parasite treatment for pets. Is there any evidence supporting health concerns in humans or pets with the use of selamectin for treating fleas? What dosage/...
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What are the pet health concerns with using diatomaceous earth as an insecticide?

A couple of answers (1, 2) on flea treatments have suggested the user of diatomaceous earth (DE) for flea control. I have heard there are possible health concerns for my pet. Is there any evidence ...
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What should I monitor while changing my dog's diet?

After some research on dogs nutrition I'm considering changing his diet from commercial dry kibble to home cooked food. I would do it progressively: kibble in the morning and home cooked chef's ...
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How do I know if my cat has worms?

Are there any specific signs my cat will show if he has worms? I know that horses can get diarrhea, loose weight or don't gain weight and that you can detect some of the worms in their fecal. But as ...
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Is it normal for dogs to have slightly congested breathing?

For a little while now I have noticed that my (8 month old) puppy often doesn't breathe entirely cleanly. It's most noticeable when she's relaxed and being petted (but not so much when she's asleep). ...
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Leg injury confusing the vet

My doberman puppy (10 weeks) hurt his leg playing on the stairs a couple weeks ago. The vet said no hurry for bringing him in, since large dog breeds pull muscles all the time. When we got him in, ...
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My puppy vomited her food

We increased the amount of food we gave our puppy, and she was doing okay, but now we have noticed it has been harder for her to make a bowel movement, and she just vomited three times 5 minutes after ...

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