Questions tagged [health]

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

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What can I do about the black dots on my cat's chin?

I got a new cat a couple weeks ago. She came from a shelter with a clean bill of health. Over the past few days, I've noticed that she's been developing some black spots on her chin that look a bit ...
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How can I deionize water to prevent brown eye stains on my dog?

I'm trying to prevent the annoying, brown, tear-stained eye areas my Bichon puppy acquires. For those unfamiliar, this looks something like: This article explains that these stains are commonly ...
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Can I use human medicine on dogs?

Sometimes our doctor advises us to use to use human medicines for our dogs. For example, when my sister's Labrador was small, the doctor advised us to administer children's syrup for stomach disorder. ...
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How would I deal with a choking cat?

Can someone describe the technique for dealing with a cat that is choking? I just want to know in case my cat ever gets something stuck in its throat. Is it similar to CPR?
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Why do dogs eat grass?

I have always been told that dogs eat grass because they have upset stomachs. My dogs, however, eat grass every single time they go outside. I constantly need to remind them that grass is not for ...
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What is the ideal frequency and time to feed my 11-year-old bichon frisé?

I have an 11-year-old Bichon Frisé. She is in good shape (8.9kg) and eats mostly ration. Exceptions include occasional tiny pieces of carrot (she loves it!) and some dog chews (only whites) 3-4 times ...
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What bad breath solutions exist for dogs?

Specialized canine toothpaste is expensive. Can anyone recommend an alternative to brushing with toothpaste to cure a dog's bad breath?
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What can I do for a dog with really dry skin

I have a 15 year old Pekingese that we rescued about 5 years ago. He has always had food and drug allergies and we have been careful about what shampoos we use, and what we let him eat. Over the ...
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What causes fur clumps on my cat's back, and how can I prevent them?

I have a grey, tiger-striped tabby, who is now over ten years old. In the last couple years, she has occasionally grown a large clump of fur on her back that solidifies to the point where it needs to ...
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Abscess in horses hoof

I have a thoroughbred, Frank, who is frequently lame. He has a recurring abscess in one of his front hooves. The vet and farrier have both lanced the abscess at various times and I inject him with ...
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Do my horses need to be shod?

We have two horses, a thoroughbred and Arab cross that have spent most of their time in paddocks being ridden occasionally into the local bush land. They are not shod and their hooves are filed ...
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Are there any health or behavioral issues specific to tripod (3-legged) dogs?

There is a very sweet dog at the shelter that was in an accident and only has 3 legs. Are there any specific behavioral or health issues I should take into account when deciding whether or not to ...
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How can I get rid of fleas without dangerous chemicals?

My cats, dog, and ferrets all have fleas! What is the best way to get rid of them without exposing my pets to dangerous chemicals? Since I have the different animals, it's important to me that if ...
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Whether and how to minimise physical activity of female dog immediately following desexing operation?

For the initial days following a de-sexing operation, vets often instruct an owner to try to minimize a female dog's physical activity. There might be, for example, 10 days between the operation and ...
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Is it safe for a dog to drink water from a stream?

We have a small stream that cuts through our yard. The dog enjoys drinking from it frequently, even when he has a source of fresh water (from the kitchen sink) nearby. Is it safe? If not, is there a ...
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How much food should I be giving my dog to maintain his weight?

When my wife and I met, she had a 30lb (13.6 kg) pug. After a lot of hard work and dieting (and training my wife not to overindulge the dog), he lost 10lbs (4.6 kg) in 6 years. I am concerned he is ...
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What are the healthiest foods I can feed my small dog? [closed]

There are a lot of reports about bad dog food, but seldom a credible one on healthy dog foods. What are the best things I can feed my dog to make sure she lives a long healthy life ?
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Why do cats lick plastic bags, and is there any harm in it?

Most of my cats (past and present) have liked to lick plastic trash bags and grocery bags. Assuming that they are not tearing off bits of plastic and swallowing them, but just licking, is there any ...
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What should I consider when deciding to purchase pet insurance?

What factors should I consider when deciding whether to purchase pet insurance?
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How much exercise should a young cat be getting?

I have 2 young cats (1.5 years and 8 months). How much activity should they be getting during the day? They seem to be most active in the early morning and then settle down for the majority of the day ...
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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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Is corn based food bad for my dog?

I've read that corn based food could be harmful to dogs. Is this true? If so, what would be a good alternative?
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How should I refresh an overheated cat or prevent him from overheating in the first place?

My cat appears to overheat during a day in the outdoors. What can I do to help him stay refreshed and stay cooled down?

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