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

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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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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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What are the potential risks (to the dog) from having a child ride it like a pony?

Important note - the dog is huge (Newfie-Bernese-Poodle) and the child is small (< 30 pounds). Also, the dog has a very mild temperament, is familiar with the child (same household,) and has proven ...
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My cat vomited string and I pulled it

My cat ate a piece of string (not a thick one. A slim one used for sewing). She passed it through her mouth and seeing her struggle I did the stupid thing of pulling on it because I panicked. I pulled ...
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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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How can I tell if my cat is pregnant?

I discovered that my cat was pregnant only a week before she give birth to kittens. What behaviors or signs could have indicated to me sooner that she was pregnant?
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Why would my yellow-bellied sliders completely reject light and dryness?

I have two yellow-bellied sliders (Trachemys scripta scripta). The water is more than 6cm tall, the aquarium is 50cm x 30cm and the turtles are like 7cm long. The aquarium is indoor. They have semi-...
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Is there a way to treat milk fever at home?

Our cat had her first litter last night. She's been away from the kittens most of the first day while they were sleeping. Early this morning, I noticed she tried to jump on some furniture, and she ...
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Repetitive Paw Licking

My wife and I adopted a wonderful 5 year old female Pitbull about a year ago. Shortly after we got her she started licking her paws, not just normal cleaning of the paws but repetitive licking until ...
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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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How can I help a new mother cat during her nursing period?

Is there anything that I can do for her? Any help or tips would be appreciated. Note: This question is a repost from Is there a way to treat milk fever at home?. I'm reposting to allow one of the ...
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My cat hasn't pooped in 2 days, what should I do?

My cat hasn't pooped in 2 days. How long do cats typically go between pooping? How long should I wait before I take him to the vet? He is a neutered male domestic short hair, about three years old ...
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My cat has lost his teeth and can't keep food in his mouth

My cat is a senior cat, and has lost most of his teeth. He really wants to eat, but the food just falls out, then he gets so frustrated that he just stops trying. I have to cook for this cat and give ...
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What should I use to dye my dog's fur?

I want to dye my dog's fur with a color for part of a costume, and it has to be his whole body. I have read online about using food dye or chalk and am willing to try that but am unsure. I obviously ...
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How can I tell if my cats are overheated?

The air conditioning in my home broke last night and it may be several days before we can get it repaired. The weather is forecasted to be 95F this week in my area. How can I tell if my cats are ...
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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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Is filtered water healthy for dogs?

Is filtered water (Brita filters, etc.) healthy for dogs? If so, what are the risks? I know that some owners give their dogs unfiltered water, e.g. from the sink. I was also going to give my dog some ...
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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 are these things on the paw?

Could you tell me what these on my cat's paw are and what was the cause? It looks like dried blood, but I don't think this is what it really is. As you can see, there's no hair on this place as the ...
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What is the recovery profile for botulism?

Assuming my pet rabbit survives botulism poisoning, what should the recovery process look like? I have researched a lot and either am not finding, or am not understanding the details. Pet ingests ...
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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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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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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 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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X-ray of my cat shows strange rib shape

I found a wild cat, which has a difficulty with breathing, it seems that her nose is blocked and a lot of saliva is coming out. Beside that, we went to a vet to check this cat, blood test, temp., x-...
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Cat has acute episodes of extreme ALT levels. Vet and we are at a loss as there's no obvious toxin access, looking for weird or uncommon ideas

We've been to a pretty good vet. We know the symptoms, but we just can't figure out what might be going on, or a cause. The vet says its serious and possibly life threatening, but he's at a loss what ...
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My praying mantis pet is not eating and has 2 black lines on it's abdomen

There are 2 new black lines on my mantis's abdomen, which seems to be contracting. Almost like it's squeezing it. What is it? I don't think it used to have that. Secondly, it's also not eating, and ...
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Goldfish coming to the top of bowl and releasing bubbles

I've recently got a pair of goldfish and put them in a bowl. I'm trying to keep them happy by feeding them all the natural thing they eat in the wild (and they are loving it too). It has been 4 ~ 5 ...
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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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Mali Uromastyx: Stick thing sticking out of Femoral Pore

I picked up my Mali Uro today, and noticed a stick/hook thing sticking out of one of her(?) femoral pores. I searched around, and people have mentioned "bulges" on the pores, but I couldn't find any ...
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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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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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Is my horse too cold?

This is my first horse and he is an Appendix (thoroughbred/quarter horse cross). He has a long slim athletic build much like a thoroughbred. I came out to feed him this morning and he was shivering ...
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Does a dog's happiness or health affect their scratch reflex?

My dog has been up and down over the past few years. He had Parvo as a pup, he had intestinal issues a couple of years ago, and for most of his life he's been a solo pup, but I've recently moved in ...
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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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Cat becomes cross-eyed only after rigorous exercise/play. Why?

My female cat, part Siamese, becomes cross-eyed only after she'd been running, jumping, etc. This lasts about 10 minutes, and then her eyes are back to normal. The change between these two states is ...
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My kitten ate a coffee bean

We realized our kitten got a coffee bean quite a while ago and it's not exhibiting any weird symptoms that we can realize. Should we worry?
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What's the purpose of tying a thread or dental floss on either side of a kitten's umbilical cord?

I read on multiple sites about how to help a queen give birth to her kittens, and almost all of them say that the cat usually chews the umbilical cord, but if she doesn't, then you have to do it. But ...
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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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What might be wrong with my kitten's toe?

When I got her from the shelter it looked like she had a scab on the side of her pad, but when I checked I saw that her full pad was there and it came off easily. Her toe is very thick and hard to ...
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Is it possible to feed a cat a healthy meat diet?

I was given 3 kittens by a friend whose cat had a litter. Not wanting to separate them, I took all 3. They were great kittens, they played, they loved the house and they seemed healthy. 2 boys and 1 ...
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Is not allowing your cat to hunt ok?

I have a cat who lives mainly indoors but we leave the window open during daylight for her to come and go as she pleases. She could be gone for an hour or two at a time. We have a little bell on her ...
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Why can't my rabbit lift it's head?

Thursday started normally: 6:00 AM each of 5 upstairs bunnies getting personal grooming. 9:00 AM everyone in for nap time. 10:00 AM Lyra (3 years old) is very sick, can not lift her head, call to ...
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Why are so many horses put down when they break their leg?

It seems to be a common, and to me upsetting, theme that if a horse breaks its leg it gets put down but this doesn't hold true for some other animals. For example, if a dog or cat breaks its leg the ...
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Is it safe to get my cat on X-ray machine?

My vet advised having an X-ray taken of my cat's paw after she was stomped upon by my reckless neighbor who I am not speaking with anymore. She is always coming to drink my coffee and take my food, ...
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What should I do if my chihuahua licked some chocolate?

My chihuahua licked some chocolate from a 41g dark chocolate bar. She licked/ate a really small amount and though I can't tell how many grams it was, it seems that it should have been less than 5 ...
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Is it okay for a dog to hold their pee during the day until you come home to walk it?

I was talking to a dog owner today and they said that it is normal for a dog to be able to withhold from peeing for 8 hours or so. I used to live in NY City and there are lots of people with ...
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Is it healthier for a cat to breed before being spayed or neutered?

I am debating when to neuter my male cat and I wonder if waiting until after he's mated with my female cat would be best for both of them. I found this study that suggests that because the hormones ...
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How can I encourage a kitten to poop for a stool sample?

I always seem to have this problem. My kitten has her second doctor's appointment coming up (second round of shots), and I still need to get them a stool sample for a checkup, preferably no older ...
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Making life easier for an arthritic dog

We're currently bringing our 9 year old white schnauzer cross to the vet for treatment for arthritis. It primarily affects his rear left leg at the moment, but we're told it may affect his other ...

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