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

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Cat fell from window on his side

As the title suggests, my cat fell from a window on his side. It's two stories high and there're decorative pebbles beneath with a few plants. His behaviour hasn't changed besides that when he lies ...
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Hedgehog cold and lethargic, what to do?

I gave a neighbor kid a ride and she forgot her hedgehog and left it in my car. It was about 35 degrees Fahrenheit last night, and is now around 50. The hedgehog has been in the car, parked outside, ...
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Sustained diarrhea with my cat

We have a rescue cat who is a little more than a year old. We recently moved apartments and everything fine till about a month ago. He started getting diarrhea very often. The vet gave him an ...
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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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If sterillising dogs and cats deprive them of sex hormones, does that not cause the likelihood of osteoporosis the way it does in humans?

Someone told me that surgically removing these organs negatively affects their hormone profiles, and that people started vascectomising male dogs and cats for this reason, but I don't know if a ...
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Are maggots appropriate food for a turtle?

I've got my turtle some dog food to use as an occasional treat for it. I've only gave it once and it didn't even eat from it then. I then covered and left it. After some time I noticed some white ...
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Do cats benefit from human probiotics?

My cat is going through a 4-week antibiotics prescription, and due to it he’s having a bad diarrhea. I have a probiotic supplement containing: Bifidobacterium bifidum Bifidobacterium longum ...
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rapid breathing from a new mother cat - what is the most common cause?

It's been 48 hours since my cat, a first-time mother, gave birth to 2 kittens. She breathes normally much of the time, but quite often I notice she begins to breathe rapidly. This occurs while nursing....
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My cat vomited an object a few hours ago, what should I do now?

My 4-month old kitten vomited 2 times today, approximately 8-9 hours ago. The first time, nothing except a clearish fluid came up, but the second time (about an hour later), an elongated (stretched ...
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What are the side effects of a rabies vaccination?

I recently had my cats updated on their rabies vaccinations, and one of them started puking in the morning afterwards. I've caught that it happens after I feed him, so it's almost as if the ...
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Can I use the water from my dehumidifier for my pets?

I have a dehumidifier in my basement that runs almost constantly. I must empty about 2 gallons of water every day. I had the thought that if it was just distilled water, then I should be able to use ...
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Why should I take a cat to a vet for regular check-ups?

Cats are healthy animals in general, aren't they? Now I just noticed "regular vet check-ups" mentioned twice (only twice - I searched) here in Pets. (link, link) So far I've taken our cats to a vet ...
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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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Should dogs eat out of raised or non-raised bowls?

I recently had a dog that we had to put to sleep because of his stomach flipping (on peteducation.com you could learn more about this subject). I have been reading into many different causes and ...
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What should I do about a mysterious hole found in one of my cockatiel's beaks?

First, Some Details: I have two young adorable little cockatiels named Schala and Janus. They are very sweet and ridiculously human friendly. They are less than a year old and only 5 days difference ...
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Adopting (rescuing) a pair of Big pet store Leopard Geckos that were raised by uninformed - Help

Looking for input from experienced Gecko keepers that have cared for Geckos with MBD or impaction so we know what to watch and be prepared for with our new adopted Leopard Geckos. The Good Both look ...
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What's the best way to serve olive oil to a constipated cat?

I've read on the Internet that olive oil is good for constipated cats. I was wondering what's the best way to give it to the cat, as I am afraid of any side effects. Is it best with dry or wet food? ...
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Litter Box for One

My cat used the litter box fine until we got a second cat. The second cat is wonderful but has the stinkiest poo I've ever smelled and the first cat refuses to use the same little box. We put a second ...
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What reasons could there be for my rabbit not defecating?

My 6 year old female outdoor rabbit is free to roam for up to 8 hours a day in our large garden, but has stopped eating the grass and hay. At one point she stopped eating altogether, and the vet said ...
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20 year old cat litterbox issue

My cat turned 20 recently. He's been quite healthy for most of his life but had been diagnosed with chronic renal disease. He does not take any medication and gets no treatment for this condition, ...
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Do rabbits experience menopause?

I got a question third hand, (friend > wife > me) and a quick search leaves me wondering where to look for the answer. The friend has an 11 year old female rabbit that has not been spayed. She wants ...
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Can I contract rabbit fever (tularemia) from my pet rabbit?

If my pet rabbit lives inside, can I contract rabbit fever from it? I would think that if it never goes outside, there would be no chance for it to become infected. However, if I take the rabbit ...
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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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Something's wrong with my gecko

My Coleonyx gecko dropped her tail yesterday and I thought it could have been my cat or a cricket that scared her. (9/21) Today I came home and checked on her and I thought she was dead. Her mouth ...
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Is there a way to repair apple snail shell damage?

My snails have damage on their shells. I think they had a calcium deficiency, and ate each other's shells to make up for it. I've changed their diet, and things seem to be getting better. Now I'm ...
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In what ways are dogs affected by alcohol?

Disclaimer1: I have no intention of actually ever feeding mine or any other dog with alcohol or other harmful substances. Everybody seems to know that alcohol is bad for pets. But just how bad? When ...
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Why do dogs have black eye juice?

I always wondered; why are the bodily fluids, etc. that accumulate (and usually dry out) in the corners of a dogs (and cats too, I think) eyes black?; but in humans, it is not?
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Are store-bought biscuits harmful for dogs?

I have a lot of stray dogs in my street. I would like to give them something to eat everyday. I don't have a lot of money (as I am a student), so giving them dog food is not possible. My questions are ...
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How can I know how healthy my turtle's shell is?

Recently while giving my turtle some shell scratching I noticed I could press the plastron (bottom part of shell) and carapace (top part of shell) down closer to each other. This mostly only happens ...
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Is tap water safe for reptiles?

Is it okay to give my reptile a bowl of tap water to drink from and bathe/swim in? Or is there something wrong with tap water that I should avoid?
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Fish eating dead fish with columnaris

My tank recently had a small outbreak of columnaris (my fault since I didn't use a QT tank for new fish) The disease surprisingly and thankfully did not spread to any other fish that I know of except ...
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Does purring affect my cat's breathing rate?

Hunter was recently diagnosed with restrictive cardiomyopathy (a heart condition that led to fluid accumulating in his heart and lungs). We were instructed to monitor his condition by measuring his ...
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Is it harmful that my rabbit eats bugs?

My rabbit is now eating bugs such as crickets and those things. She hasn't shown any signs of health problems while she ate them, but I'm not sure if they're healthy at all for her. The crickets are ...
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Is trancing due to fear, or vice versa?

My rabbit is virtually fearless. He does not run from cats or running cars, showing curiosity instead. (The one time he got up close and sniffed a cat, he did become startled and put a couple meters ...
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What could cause muscle spasms in a litter of piglets?

While feeding a mother and her newborn litter of piglets this morning, I noticed that most of the piglets seemed to have persistent muscle spasms, specifically on their backends. They were pretty much ...
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My kitten doesn't pee - should I worry?

I have a two and half months female kitten for 3 days. She doesn't enjoy dry food so far so she's eating primarily wet food - from can or pouches, but I started mixing them with dry food. I think her ...
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Should I feed hot dogs to my dachshund?

I am considering feeding my dachshund some hot dogs and/or sausages. I witnessed my friend feed his dachshund multiple sausages, and the dog seemed fine afterwards. Is this wise? Beyond having ...
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Why is my cat lethargic, spaced out, and has air bubbles under her skin?

When I opened the front door this morning my cat was just lying there. She has been lethargic all day. She's usually very playful but today she has been lying around and sleeping. She ate with the ...
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Does my dog need boots for winter?

Winter will be early in my country this year. I have Labrador that is going to be one year old by then. And during extreme cold, temperature may fall below 10 degrees Celsius, but no snowing. I have ...
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Dog vomiting yellow/white foam since being fed vegan food

UPDATE: Must have been something else. Vet gave an oral medicine and everything was back to normal in 2 days. I still feed him vegan food 6 days a week. A few days ago, I decided to feed my dog ...
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How can I keep my cat comfortable through the estrus cycle?

Loud constant meowing, getting into that weird "mate with me" position, a little blood discharge... yeah, my cat's going into heat. She's a 100% indoor cat, and we don't intend for her to have any ...
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Is it normal for a dog's coat to change color?

We recently adopted a 7-yr-old Chesapeake Bay Retriever/Great Pyrenees mix with a dark coat, and after about 2 weeks, my wife and I swear the fur is getting lighter, especially around his ears and ...
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Cat is having a freakout, what is wrong with her?

My cat is about 10 to 11 years old now, and as of the recent weeks she's been trying to leave, never leaving the window, meowing significantly louder than her normal quiet meows, and she seems to ...
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Is it normal for cats to periodically vomit dry food?

I have two 1 year-old cats that are brothers. For a while now, they have been occasionally vomiting up dry food. Each cat will vomit maybe 2-3 times a month, and I haven't been able to figure out a ...
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GSD Female cancer when not mated?

Well I have 3 year GSD female. She's very healthy. She's not spayed. I want to know that is it true that if my dog doesn't get mated/reproduce a baby she will have cancers. Is it true? I just don't ...
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How common is hyperthyroidism in older cats, and is there anything that can be done to reduce the odds?

The first three cats I adopted all developed hyperthyroidism in their senior years, starting between 13 (earliest onset) and 16 (latest). My vet told me that this is pretty common; I think she used ...
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Neutering incisions in cat

My kitten just got neutered today and he has been bad about trying to lick his incision. I put a cone on him but he is able to pull it off. How easily is he able to ruin his incisions? He is on pain ...
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Why is my Persian 9 month old kitten so scared of me? In fact it is getting worse

5 months ago I got a Persian 5 month old white kitten from a breeder. He didn't take too long to get along with my older cat, though he doesn't seem to like me. He is afraid if I walk by, like my ...
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What do I do with a dog who vomits while recovering from surgery?

My dog's name is Magic (a Pomeranian). She's about 13 years old now. She went through emergency surgery for pyometra (a uterine infection) 3 days ago (Wednesday, Jan. 29th, 2014) and ever since then,...
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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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