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Questions tagged [physiology]

Questions about how the biological systems within a pet's body actually work.

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Iontophoresis: does this method have any real scientific backing?

My dog has been administered procaine (called Novocain here in Ukraine) via iontophoresis as part of therapy for intervertebral disk disease, but I have serious doubts about this method. It was ...
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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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Can cats see optical illusions the same way we can?

After seeing this gif I am curious to if cats can see optical illusions in the same way humans can. The image on the paper the cat is pouncing on appears as though it is moving to us. And things that ...
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What research is there on the long term effects of pinch-induced behavioral inhibition conditioning on cats?

There have been studies using "clipnosis" a.k.a. pinch-induced behavioral inhibition (PIBI) as a technique to immobilize a variety of animals. The following study examines the use of such a technique ...
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Can rabbits fart?

It is an uncontested fact that rabbits are physically incapable of vomiting. Rabbit health is primarily dependent on digestion, moving large quantities of low-value food from one end to the other, ...
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What is the cause of bloat in rabbits?

There are a number of web sites and published works, with a lot of different and often contradictory causes for bloat in rabbits. Many seem to be reflecting opinions and best guesses. The few works I ...
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Do fish get bored, and if so, how can fish boredom be identified?

There are a lot of opinions on this topic, with a lot of different views. We know from Mythbusters that even goldfish have memories. Is there any reliable science on fish boredom? For common house ...
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Are non-dangerous spiders (to humans) dangerous to dogs?

I am fortunate to live an area were we have few spiders that have venom potent enough to be dangerous to humans, however, my yard seems to support a significant spider population of various species, ...