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

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What are some problems associated with changing my dog's daily insulin dose?

Aside from hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), what are some other complications that might occur if one changes a dog's insulin dose everyday? Will this help to find a better dose?
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Are there any effective non-toxic methods of controlling parasites in dogs?

The veterinary pharmaceutical industry appears to be very keen that I expose my dog to toxins on a regular basis in order to prevent parasites taking hold. I have heard that there are more natural ...
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How to feed oral medication?

My (8 month old) puppy is currently on antibiotics (amoxicillin), specifically 250mg Noroclav twice daily. I've tried: putting it in her food (she just eats around it); crushing it into powder and ...
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Does my puppy have the hiccups?

I was worried when my puppy started to have these strange shaky movements, as shown in this video. It seems to have stopped at this point. Does he just have the hiccups? Is this usual for dogs or ...
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List of books used by veterinarians from the first day of training to the last [closed]

I have grown dogs from puppies and learned by experience and minor sources... Now I would be interested in having a look at the same books used by veterinarians in their school. I've noticed that, for ...
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Is there a home remedy for a dog with a stomach flu?

My dog has had diarrhea for two days. :( Is there anything I can give him to settle his stomach? He's not eating or drinking much. He was hiding all day yesterday and lying around, which is out of ...
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Why does my cat shake a paw after jumping?

When my American Short Hair (7 years old, slightly underweight if anything) jumps up into her cage (about 70 cm or so off the floor, or leaping over a metre from the adjacent cat tree) when she knows ...
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What should I consider before allowing my pet to be a blood donor?

I searched for pet blood donation online and found there are several organizations. I don't have any numbers, put there are potentially hundreds in the USA. Looking at few sites, it appears there is ...
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Can trancing a rabbit have cumulative negative effects?

Trancing a rabbit (See How do I trance my rabbit?) is used as a method for controlling the pet while doing some grooming to scent glands and toenails. I have received some questions about possible, ...
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Why should I take a cat to a vet for regular check-ups?

Cats are healthy animals in general, aren't they? Now I just noticed "regular vet check-ups" mentioned twice (only twice - I searched) here in Pets. (link, link) So far I've taken our cats to a vet ...
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What happens if cats drink coffee?

I was drinking my coffee the other day and I accidentally spilled some on the floor (a couple of drops). My cat licked them. I don't really think this is a big deal because it was only two drops, but ...
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How can I keep a rabbit cool?

As pointed out in the question What temperature ranges are appropriate for a pet rabbit? temperatures above 85 °F (29 °C) are hazardous to rabbits. How can I help my rabbit stay cool in warm ...
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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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Will leakage of fecal matter eventually stop after anal gland removal?

My Shih Tzu had his anal glands removed 8 days ago. He scoots a little and when he does fecal matter tends to come out. Is this going to get better and eventually stop?
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Should I feed hot dogs to my dachshund?

I am considering feeding my dachshund some hot dogs and/or sausages. I witnessed my friend feed his dachshund multiple sausages, and the dog seemed fine afterwards. Is this wise? Beyond having ...
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Why do some dogs have more plaque than others?

I have four dogs. Three of them have pretty "clean" mouths meaning they are fairly plaque free. Maintaining good dental health for them is fairly easy by occasionally cleaning their teeth and making ...
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Our sheep had too many babies and was temporarily paralyzed, how can I prevent this from happening again?

A couple years ago one of our sheep had five babies. They all survived but one had to be fostered to another mom and a second had to be bottle fed. The mom was temporarily paralyzed in her back end. ...
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How can I tell when I need to trim my goat's hooves and how do I tell if I've trimmed them short enough?

How can I tell when I need to trim my goat's hooves? I trim them regularly but am not sure if I do it often enough or if I'm being over-zealous. Or maybe when I'm trimming them I don't trim them short ...
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What can I do for my Angora rabbit's leg sore?

I have an Angora rabbit who is three years old. I just got her from another home, so I don't know much about her medical history. I noticed when I got her home today that she has a sore on her back ...
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Tilapia - Growth on neck

I have a tilapia, and recently it has developed a growth about 3/4 in. in diameter, and about 2mm tall on its neck. The fish itself is about 8 in. long, and is probably 9 months old. I've looked all ...
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How can I prevent my dog from dying of happiness?

It's happened at least twice. A friend of mine had been several weeks away, and once he returned, his dog was so excited that it died. Then I saw a Reddit post describing pretty much the same thing ...
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Which is safer - topical or oral flea & tick control?

I have an Australian Labradoodle which has hair instead of fur. I have concern with the topical treatments, as I worry about exposure to others (my family; my wife has allergic reactions to a lot of ...
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What are the effects of ticks on dogs and does it transmit diseases?

I recently removed two ticks from my dog. What are their effects on dogs healths? I heard about tick poisoning. Apart from these direct effects, do they transmit other diseases?
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How to remove a tick on a dog?

Since I have my dog I check him for ticks when we're back from walks in the backcountry. So today I noticed one, then after checking carefully another one. Hopefully there is no other. So the ...
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Are annual booster vaccinations necessary for dogs and cats that are no longer in contact with communicable diseases they're preventing?

I have 2 pets (a cat and a dog) that receive booster vaccines every year for communicable diseases they're no longer in contact with. They have been adopted from a shelter in non-Schengen area EU ...
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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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Need advice to help a sick and, possibly, dying cow

I'm in a rural area in Kolkota right now and there is a 14 year old downer cow who is lying on her side. She is malnourished and looks like she might die. The local vet gave her a calcium injection ...
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What should I do if my cat stops eating and starts hiding more?

My cat is usually really social. Loves to be cuddled, loves being around people, always crawls in my lap. Today, though, he spent the day hiding in my closet and in his cat tree. He didn't really eat ...
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How do they give a vision test to a dog?

A recent question about a dogs eye, got me wondering. How does a veterinary specialist perform a vision test on a dog? When I go to the eye doctor, the majority of the testing is based on my verbal ...
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Cloudy blue-ish eye with redness inside eye of a puppy

We have a new puppy and he seems to have a cloudy/blue-ish eye (in one only). It's not bothering him in anyway as far as we can tell; he plays/eats/etc. all as expected. We had one vet have a look ...
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What should I do about a mysterious hole found in one of my cockatiel's beaks?

First, Some Details: I have two young adorable little cockatiels named Schala and Janus. They are very sweet and ridiculously human friendly. They are less than a year old and only 5 days difference ...
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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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How effective is flea and tick spot treatment on dogs with hair?

I have an Australian LabraDoodle (lab, poodle, cocker spaniel, english spaniel, water spaniel) with curly hair (as opposed to fur). It's my understanding that dogs with normal fur produce more oils ...
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What are “growth plates” in dogs?

I've heard a lot of people say you should wait until a dogs "growth plates" are closed before fixing them. What does that mean? From what I understand it isn't really a bone structure called a growth ...
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What indicators show a rat is healthy prior to purchasing it as a pet?

In 2013, a boy was tragically killed from rat-bite fever, which a lawsuit states was contracted from a pet rat he had been given 2 weeks prior. The rat had been purchased from a pet store; in this ...
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Can I contract rabbit fever (tularemia) from my pet rabbit?

If my pet rabbit lives inside, can I contract rabbit fever from it? I would think that if it never goes outside, there would be no chance for it to become infected. However, if I take the rabbit ...
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What are the “points” in my rabbit's mouth that my vet is referring to?

My vet was looking in my rabbit's mouth and said she had a couple of "points" that might need to be addressed on the next visit. I forgot to ask for clarification and am wondering what he was talking ...
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How can I best manage a teething puppy?

My puppy is 4.5 months old, and he's teething. His gums are quite red and irritated. I provide him with different chew toys (only 1-2 of them at the same time, changing every day). I also give him a ...
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How does one determine when a female dog is appropriate to be spayed?

We have What is the optimal age to neuter a male dog? , but nothing about spaying female dogs. I have heard several options about when to spay a female dog; most revolve around the age of 6 months, ...
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How can I keep my cat comfortable through the estrus cycle?

Loud constant meowing, getting into that weird "mate with me" position, a little blood discharge... yeah, my cat's going into heat. She's a 100% indoor cat, and we don't intend for her to have any ...
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What are the advantages and disadvantages to using a safflower seed litter box with my rabbit?

Some people are looking for ecologically-friendly rabbit litter box solutions. One solution is a non-absorbent litter in a drain-through litter box. The Smart Cat Box caught my attention when ...
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How to collect a urine sample from a house rabbit?

"Bring your rabbit in with a urine sample" says the vet. On occasion when we have been in to the vets, he is able to get a sample by holding the bunny and pushing on the bladder, while someone holds ...
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How can I help my Staffie who seems to have an itch in his bum? [duplicate]

My Staffie moves his bum around on the couch like he has an itch or something. We have given him de-worming pills, but he still continues to try and scratch it - albeit very unsuccessfully. Do you ...
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What is the cause, prevention, and remedy for an egg-bound bird?

This question was inspired by a comment to my answer to "Cockatiel going into tight spaces". The Wikipedia article on egg binding explains that it is a medical condition where a bird is unable to pass ...
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What is the shelf life of metoclopromide (Reglan)?

I have metoclopromide (Reglan) oral solution in my rabbit first aid kit. It should be dispensed in a light-resistant, Tightly sealed container and stored at room temperature. It has been suggested ...
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My rabbit is hyperventilating and can't get comfortable. What is wrong with her?

I am back from the ER, the rabbit seems okay right now; but I'm still concerned that there might be something wrong with her. Here is a video of her in hyperventilating and unable to get comfortable. ...
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My post surgery dog is not eating, is pooping, and is breathing heavy. How can I help her?

My dog's name is Magic (a Pomeranian). She's about 13 years old now. She went through emergency surgery for pyometra (a uterine infection) 4 days ago (Wednesday, Jan. 29th, 2014) and ever since then ...
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What is this dull patch on my bearded dragon?

I noticed today that my bearded dragon has a dull-looking patch on her back. Does anyone know what might have caused this? Is she sick? I'm very concerned. Any info would be greatly appreciated.
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What do I do with a dog who vomits while recovering from surgery?

My dog's name is Magic (a Pomeranian). She's about 13 years old now. She went through emergency surgery for pyometra (a uterine infection) 3 days ago (Wednesday, Jan. 29th, 2014) and ever since then,...
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Should oral or subcutaneous medications be given first?

I have a pet who has been prescribed twice daily oral medications and twice daily subcutaneous (sub-Q) fluids (40cc). He kind of likes (or at least does not hate) the taste of the medications. ...