Questions tagged [health]

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

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Should I bathe my hamster?

While reading the Hamsterific hamster FAQ, I read about never giving hamsters a bath. That's a naughty word in the hamster world; hamsters don't like water sports. Nature has provided hamsters with ...
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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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Is it true that goldfish growth is limited by container size?

As I grew up, I was taught that a goldfish will only grow to a certain point dependent upon the size of their container and how many fish are in the container; all the fish within the same container ...
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Choosing a second fish for a lone goldfish

I have a lone goldfish, a comet, about 10 cm long from tip to tail. I want to buy a second fish and am wondering about size. Is it ok to introduce a much smaller goldfish, or maybe three smaller ...
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How vulnerable are crossbred (hybrid) dogs to genetic disease?

Most purebred dogs are prone to breed-specific diseases, for example, hip dysplasia in Labrador Retrievers. Mixed-breed (mongrel) dogs are said to be less prone to genetic diseases than purebred dogs ...
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Should I worry that my rabbit is leaving connected poops?

My bunny has been pooping connected poops (see picture). I sometimes see a couple of these when cleaning the litter box. Is something wrong? What causes this?
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How many times a day should I feed a cat?

Our cat (a 7-8 month old unsterilized female) eats only dry cat food (actually she's currently eating prescribed "Veterinary Diet S/O Fibre Response" brand food). If I follow the recommended dose ...
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Are Burmese cats more prone to diabetes than other breeds?

I have a Burmese cat who was diagnosed with diabetes almost 10 years ago. Through twice daily insulin injections and a controlled diet, he is now almost 16 years old. I have been told that Burmese ...
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Can dogs be infected by the brain-eating amoeba?

In October 2013, Naegleria fowleri (a.k.a. "the brain-eating amoeba"), was confirmed to be found in the Louisiana public drinking water systems. I live in the southern US and am concerned, as I have ...
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Is it a bad sign if my cat has bad breath?

My cat has bad breath, e.g. when yawning. Is that normal or is it a sign that he might have dental or digestive issues? Apart from that I haven't noticed anything out of the ordinary. His menu mainly ...
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Is it ok to pick my adult cat up by the scruff of the neck?

We have a 18 month old male, neutered cat. (His full name is Mr Sid Cuffuffle- Sid to his friends - no lie!) A mother cat carries her kittens by the scruff of the neck, as the skin is very loose. I ...
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How do I balance surface area and volume in my outdoor fish pond?

I have three outdoor fish pot ponds. They are taller then they are wide. Now this mean the surface area meeting the atmosphere is quite small compared to the volume. I was under the impression, that ...
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Should I worry if my cat accidentally ate some chocolate?

I know I shouldn't feed a cat chocolate, and I also know dogs can get sick from it. Do I have to worry for my cat's health if (s)he eats some chocolate?
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Keeping pigeons and their droppings away from other pets

We have a large number of pigeons in our backyward and doing some research I have found that the histoplasmosis and cryptococcosis diseases carried in their feces can be harmful to cats and dogs. ...
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Should I be concerned that my puppy is chewing on fallen leaves?

I have two 13 week old puppies who have a playpen that is partially shaded by a star magnolia tree. Winter is coming and the tree is starting to lose its leaves. I sometimes see the puppies chewing on ...
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Filtration of smaller ponds

I've asked some questions about my goldfish What indicates whether my outdoor goldfish are healthy or ill? and noticed a lot of response referring to the likelihood that fish would survive in such an ...
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Can trace amounts of onions, or other foods poisonous to dogs, be harmful?

I'm asking this in response to the question: Are onions dangerous for my cat or dog and why? The above question concludes that onions and garlic are poisonous to dogs. But what about trace amounts? ...
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Why does my cat (almost) constantly purr while he's awake?

I've heard cats purr to show contentment (though humans who want that to be true may be imagining it). WebMD suggests they purr (1) to get our attention ("feed me!"); (2) when content ("petting time")...
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What harm will soap water do to my dog?

My dog just drank soap water that I left outside the house. I don't know what to do. Will this negatively affect his health? Should I take him to see a vet?
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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 indicates whether my outdoor goldfish are healthy or ill?

I keep goldfish in large outdoor pots (homemade ponds). Other than noting their swiftness when surfacing for food, it is difficult to determine if my goldfish are unwell. It is only obvious they are ...
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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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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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What is the importance of UV radiation to pet reptiles?

I have no experience with reptiles. I was reading Would putting a thin layer of plexiglass over a UV-B fixture in a reptile enclosure filter out a significant amount of light? and I would like an ...
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How can I safely trim matted cat fur?

Regarding What causes fur clumps on my cat's back, and how can I prevent them? , some severe cases of matted fur need to be removed through cutting or shaving. As an electric shaver might spook ...
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Why are two of my cat's claws thicker than the others?

Most of my cat's claws are very thin, and come to a needle-like point. However, two of hers are shaped quite differently. They are much thicker along the inside of the curve, and the tips are much ...
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My cat ate an unidentified lizard! What should I do?

My cat caught and ate a lizard. I do not know the type of lizard he ate. Might this affect my cat negatively? What signs should I look for to see if my cat is OK? Is it necessary to take my cat to ...
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Why does my puppy have multiple hiccups when my other dogs don't?

When my 6-month-old male puppy gets hiccups, he has 2-to-3 hiccups in sequence. My other two dogs have normal hiccups, the same sort I've come to expect from humans. He has done this since he was a ...
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Are dogs carnivores?

I have been told that dogs are carnivores because they inherited the trait from their ancestors, The Wolves. I also read an article online that says that dogs have been able to evolve over the years ...
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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 it safe for my dog or cat to eat grapes, raisins and sultanas?

I am wondering if some of the blogs about feeding pets certain human foods is really harmful for my pet or just some of the latest hype. Is it safe for my dog or cat to eat grapes, raisins and ...
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Is it OK to feed my dog or cat candy with sugar substitutes?

I can understand that giving candies or sweets to a cat or dog can rot their teeth. Is it ok for me to feed my dog or cat candies with sugar substitutes like Xylitol, or artificial sweeteners?
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Are onions dangerous for my cat or dog and why?

Someone advised me not to feed my cat or dog foods which include garlic or onion, as they are bad for my pets and can make them sick. Is this true? How would it make my cat or dog sick?
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What signs indicate a dog has been baited with poison?

I asked How long can fox baits be harmful for my dog? about my neighbor's dog dying from eating fox bait. We had a rescue whippet when we first moved into this apartment complex. She loved to go for ...
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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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What treats are dangerous for me to feed my cat?

Considering Is chocolate harmful for dogs? , are there foods which can endanger my cat? Some relevant answers could be found here: Is it safe for my dog or cat to eat grapes, raisins and sultanas? ...
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Can check (choke) chain collars still be used to successfully train dogs?

We grew up using check chains (also known as choke chains) on our dogs (responsibly, or so I thought). There are articles like this one (Flying Paws Dog Training) saying these chains should never be ...
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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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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 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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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 does early desexing affect my cats?

There's a lot of information online debating the optimal age to de-sex a cat. We adopted two 16-week-old kittens, a brother and sister, from a shelter. They were already desexed. I am wondering ...
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How to tame a blue tongue lizard

We have a blue tongue lizard that has been living with us in our garden for a few years. He is large, approx 50 cm long (1.5 - 2 foot long) We regard him as a pet, even though he not in an ...
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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 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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Can I give my cat human medicine?

Is it safe for me to use human medicine on my cat? Are there occasions where it is OK to give my cat human medications?
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Is it ok to feed my goat kitchen scraps?

We recently inherited an angora goat from a cousin, as she had to move and we have a largish yard (1 acre). We've been feeding her kitchen scraps, potato peelings, fruit and vegetable leftovers and ...
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How do I get a band-aid out of my dog's fur?

One of my dogs had a scrape on his ear. I cleaned it, covered it with an antibiotic ointment, and covered the ointment with a band-aid. A couple days later, the scrape was healed, but when I removed ...
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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 is wool block in rabbits?

My rabbit has lost it's appetite and isn't drinking much, she is losing weight. I'd been feeding her a diet of rabbit pellets and carrots, and ensuring she has plenty of fresh water. The vet said she ...