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

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Are ambient noises useful for keeping the dog calm while I'm away?

I live in an apartment and when I'm away or busy doing work in another room, I feel bad for the dog because there is nothing really for him to do. He doesn't have much interest in his toy (I should ...
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Snake not interested in food

So I have a female Californian king snake and I'm starting to get worried about her not eating. First of all, she has not eaten in 4 months. It's winter at the moment and I know they do not eat at ...
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Should I give my dog more time to mark trees so he urinates enough?

I recently adopted a dog who is already 4 years old and has been moved around a lot. I'm not sure all of the training and habits he has learned in the past, but he does good in the house so far. I ...
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What quality of life will my cat have after edentation?

My cat has a gum infection (viral), and the vet recommended a complete edentation (removal of all teeth). It is very sad to see my cat with its gums bleeding almost all the time ... The cat (spayed) ...
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Adverse reaction to Catnip

One of my cats seems to have an adverse reaction to catnip. When it is around, he gets agitated and attacks the other animals and anyone that comes near. It only happens with catnip-infused toys, but ...
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What is the science that makes beet greens a good choice for a rabbit with renal issues?

My bunny was diagnosed with renal issues last night. In part he has an elevated BUN. The vet suggested adding beet greens, beet pulp or dandelion greens to his diet to help absorb some of the ...
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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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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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How much daily activity does a Newfypoo need?

I am thinking about getting a Newfypoo (a cross between a Newfoundland and a Poodle) puppy. How much daily playtime and training does a Newfypoo need on average?
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Does a rabbit's activity level impact the dietary limits of sugars?

According to guidelines posted by the House Rabbit Society, sugar (from fruits, etc) intake should be limited for rabbits. A comment in a question about rabbit diet suggested that bunnies that are ...
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In a multiple cat household, how do I tell which cat is sick?

I noticed some sign of illness in my cats' litter box (blood, diarrhea, small urine volume, large urine volume, whatever), and I have multiple cats. What is the best/fastest way to tell which cat is ...
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How can I tell when my small dog is too cold

I am the owner of a 25 lb. pug. When we get snow here in the northeast United States, he loves to go out and play in the snow when we are shoveling the driveway, and even tries to start digging up ...
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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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Will feeding other fish in the same pond have an impact on my koi in winter?

There are two sturgeons in the pond which need to be fed during winter. As far as I know koi don't need food during frost periods and only a small amount when the pond isn't frozen. I kept feeding ...
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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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Why does my cat's sneeze contain blood?

One of our cats, from time to time, goes into fits of sneezing (almost machine gun-like) that is worrisome, but there is also sometimes blood in the discharge. She's eating and drinking fine and her ...
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Why are red bulbs bad for my bearded dragon?

I was told that I should only use white light for my bearded dragon and that red bulbs can actually be detrimental to them. The pet store sold me an expensive red bulb to use, so I am confused ...
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What are the negative effects of debeaking a chicken?

One of my male chickens loves making trouble and gets into fight with the other gentle male chicken almost all the time. An article I read said in this type of cases debeaking the stubborn male is a ...
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How can I know if my cat is in pain?

When a cat is sick, it is often quite obvious to its owner, but sometimes it is not so clear. What if the cat was in terrible headache or suchlike? What are signs to look for when I suspect my cat is ...
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What role does algae play in healthy pond life?

The answer to this question about surface area to volume led me to an interesting article: LOW OXYGEN AND POND AERATION William A. Wurts, Senior State Specialist for Aquaculture Kentucky State ...
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How to handle a disappearing hermit crab?

What should you do if you lose a hermit crab? I have a friend whose family put very large shells in for the crab to try, and it disappeared. That was a long time ago, so it's obviously dead, but what ...
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Can I feed a dog cooked meat or fish that is a week old?

Sometimes I have cooked meat or fish in my refrigerator that is a week old. Is this food safe to feed to a dog without reheating? Is it safe to feed to a dog after reheating?
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Are there any special considerations for adopting a cross-eyed cat?

A short discussion in chat made me wonder: do cats that are cross-eyed require any special care? Source: dailymail.co.uk Does it affect the cat's balance (or negatively in any other way)? Can (or ...
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Giving a dog in a high rise enough potty breaks

I have been considering getting a dog in my apartment. Being in a high-rise, it will be time-consuming to let the dog outside, so it needs to be planned out (I.e. a doggie door won't work). How often ...
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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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Why is my Zebra Danio bloated?

Just a few days ago I added 8 Zebra Danios and 8 White Skirt Tetras to my 60 gallon tank of 8 Albino Corys. One of the Danios is chasing all of the other Danios around. In fact it is bossy - but this ...
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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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When does a dog need to wear a jacket or sweater?

I live in the northeast United States, and the weather can become fairly cold here in the winter. Jackets and sweaters for dogs seem to be popular around here, but are they necessary? I can ...
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Can rabbits fart?

It is an uncontested fact that rabbits are physically incapable of vomiting. Rabbit health is primarily dependent on digestion, moving large quantities of low-value food from one end to the other, ...
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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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How do I identify abnormal or erratic fish behavior?

I have 8 Albino Corydoras and all they do is swim against the wall all day, even when the light is off. I am guessing my tank has great reflection. They almost never go into the middle of the tank; it'...
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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 can I tell if my goldfish is being bullied?

I was watching my goldfish swim around and one appeared to be chasing the other in circles. This did not last long and then they seemed to be relaxed and following each other and just swimming ...
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How high should our goldfish pond be filled from the top?

Our goldfish was recently found outside the pond, on the ground. The cat was playing with it. The cat may have fished it out of the pond or the fish may have jumped out, as the pond was very full. ...
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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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Why is iceberg lettuce bad for rabbits?

I have read that rabbits should not be given iceberg lettuce. Why is that?
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How safe is it to dress up a turtle?

I keep seeing pictures of pet turtles in various knitted costumes (so far I have seen a turtle dressed as a hamburger, and as a dinosaur), and while these are really cute, I wonder, are they okay for ...
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Is my bioload too high?

I have about 12 plants in my 60 gallon tank. I am planning on adding the following: 6 Albino Corys 3 Black Mollys 1 Male Gourami and 2 female Gourami 3 SAEs (siamese algae eaters) 5 Yo-Yo Loaches ...
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Is there anything that I can do to treat bloat in young rabbits?

I am a rabbit breeder and I occasionally sell rabbits to other people. When changing food and often due to extra treats that new rabbits are given, the rabbits will suffer from a condition called ...
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Do Boxers have a tendency towards Cherry-eye and gland-expression issues?

My question is just what's in the title. I was under the impression that Boxers were one of the type of dogs that have that gland near their anus that can cause them serious discomfort, as well as ...
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Will my pet get sick drinking from the toilet?

Many houses have a room with a large white bowl that is regularly refilled with fresh water. The door is open unless the room is occupied. The bowl holds much more water than any water dish. Unlike ...
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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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How can I best manage the drooling from my sick cat?

My cat is 15 now and was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma and it seems she may be on the last of her lives. While my family is very saddened about this news and didn't know about the risk ...
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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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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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Can cats occasionally be fed rice?

My children fed our cat a snack 1 of cooked white rice and tuna. Is it healthy for my cat to eat rice? 1 In Australia, by snack, I do not mean a treat, it is not a full meal, but like a small meal,...
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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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What do I need to know before adopting an FIV-positive cat?

When I adopted my current cats last year, the folks at the shelter asked me if I would consider adopting some of their Feline Immunodeficieny Virus (FIV)-positive cats since I did not have any other ...