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

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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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Did I damage my kitten by accidentally forcefully opening her eyes?

I might have accidentally opened the right eye of a week old kitten. I was holding her head in order to place the feeding bottle in her mouth. She then squirmed (like she always does when trying to ...
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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 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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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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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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Does a dog's pink or white skin need special care?

I have noticed there's a dog with white fur and pink skin on her belly, under her fur and on her nose. Her skin is paler than most dogs I have noticed with black fur. Is this pink skin more ...
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Does anyone have experience with: unknown mass in cat's chest?

( Please note we live in a developing country with limited veterinary resources ) Our one year old, short hair, domestic calico started having what we thought was chest congestion / respiratory ...
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What effect do loud drums have on cats' hearing?

I have two 15-year-old black cats. They're the most timid little things ever. My brother plays his acoustic drum set at least once a week, and the loudness is incredible no matter where I go in the ...
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What happens if bite wound abscesses in cats left untreated?

My cat has an almond-sized lump near the mouth, which I guess it is an abscess due to a bite wound. I'm wondering whether it can heal by itself? If so, usually how long does it take? And if not what ...
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How can I help my betta, who has a white-ish sore on his side, is laying at the bottom of the tank, and isn't eating?

This is Ringo. I’ve had him for almost 2 years and he’s been happy until the last week or so. He lives in a 1 gallon (3.8 L) tank (I know it’s small, blame the Petsmart employee who suggested it) and ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Could my RES be egg bound?

I rescued a female 9 year old RES from a highschool 2 years ago. I just started working in the school and found her living in a science room in a small tank with no working filter or any lights! ...
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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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Can adding spinach / pineapple / pumpkin to a dog's diet prevent coprophagia?

I'm trying to deter my dog from eating his own feces. I've heard that adding spinach or pineapple or pumpkin to his diet can help contain the problem, preventing this act by making the poop ...
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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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Cat vomiting every day

My cat (approximately 16 years old, short hair, no specific breed, indoor cat) has been vomiting pretty much every day (sometimes multiple times) for almost a month. She had a scare with her kidneys ...
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Can a cat with a sluggish colon have dry food?

The is question Is there anything beyond preference that dictates whether dry food should be wet down? and comments brought up and interesting issue. If a cat has a sluggish colon, can she have dry ...
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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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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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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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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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Cat health consideration regarding the coronavirus

We have a two year old Persian cat with some kidney problems. We live in Iran, which these days is not a good place relative to potential coronavirus outbreaks because of the government not giving ...
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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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Is it healthy for dogs to wear clothes like humans can?

Is it healthy for dogs to wear clothes like humans can? I am concerned of an animals welfare when they are wearing clothes made for pets. If it is/isn't healthy what are the benefits and disadvantages/...
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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 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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Canine insulin injection — what am I doing wrong?

My dog was recently diagnosed with diabetes, so I have been giving her twice-daily insulin injections for the past 10 days. I've watched my vet do it, I've watched dozens of YouTube videos, and I've ...
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Can wet food cause gingivitis to cats?

I have just adopted a six month old ginger cat. I have never had any pets before. The rescue from which I adopted the cat, made its cats eat a lot of dry food and about a can of wet food per day (half ...
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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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How long (distance) should I exercise my Husky puppy?

For a husky pup between the ages of 8 weeks to 8 months, I would like to know what a suitable distance for a jog would be before the dog will become fatigued. I understand this will vary, but just ...
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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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My 12 week old puppy has had two focal seizures already. Should I return him to the breeder?

I bought a Shiloh Shepherd puppy from a reputable breeder, and brought him home on May 18th at 8 weeks, 4 days of age. Eight days ago, during the evening while he was laying down, he had a focal ...
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Can bonded rabbits die of loneliness?

When rabbits are bonded they form a very strong relationship. When that bond is broken through physical separation or death of one the partner I have heard that they can die from loneliness. The ...
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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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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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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 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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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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A good feed routine for a neglected and underweight horse

I have recently acquired a starved horse. She would have a body score of approx 1.5 / 5. She is 18 yo, 15 1 hh, a thoroughbred and this state seems to have been of more recent times, as in the past ...
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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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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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Can my cat have yogurt?

According to 15 Foods to avoid, it states that diary products should not be allow for cats and dogs. However, has an exception for plain yogurt and cottage cheese. I used to give my cat the leftover ...
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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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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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