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If a cat isn't eating it's always time for the veterinarian! As Trond points out, make sure he is drinking water. And until you can see a vet keep the cat properly warm (not hot, but make sure he isn't cold). This could be a disease he caught from the other cat, or it could be a severe case of grief, but when a cat isn't eating veterinary intervention is ...


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Loss of a pet, for some people can be no different than losing a family member. The effect may be more intensely felt by children and teenagers compared to adults. Therefore, grieving after a pet is no different than grieving after losing a family member. Anything you can find online about grieving your parents or your children is relevant. As a disclaimer, ...


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Depending on where you live, burying your pet in your yard may be illegal. You should check your local laws, before undertaking a reburial. If the area is in a neighborhood, the possibility that a neighbor's dog may find and remove your pet is very high, given the depth the you describe. Also, as you mention, the risk of wildlife exposing the body is ...


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I'm sorry for your loss, but with this particular virus I would be very careful. The safest solution is to cremate her body or leave her with the vet or clinic, but I can understand if you want to bury her close to you. I wouldn't lay her to rest on a patch of land where your other dogs can reach, though. The parvovirus is a particularly resilient virus. It ...


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Assuming you're absolutely certain that the fish did not die from a disease or parasite (I'm not certain how you would ensure that, short of having absolutely nothing new introduced into the environment for an extended period of time prior to the death)... I would say it depends upon what died, and the other denizens of your aquarium. If you have a decent ...


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Not eating properly even for a few days is likely to cause the fatty liver syndrome for a cat, which is usually fatal if left untreated, but has a good recovery rate, if treated early. You should take your cat to a vet immediately for an examination. Sometimes a cat is more willing to eat if you can feed him things like small pieces of fresh meat from your ...


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At only a few inches deep, it's still easily detected by coyotes and foxes. Something else to consider is once the ground thaws and it rains, some of the soil on top is going to wash away. I don't think it's necessary to make a grave six feet deep, but a couple feet is much safer than a couple inches. If transferring him to a deeper grave is not something ...


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As Precious Tijesunimi mentioned, it is wrong to flush a fish, live or dead (perhaps especially not live, as this is how many harmful species get introduced to environments they don't belong to... not to mention it is cruel). Especially don't place it into a "natural" ecosystem! In fact, both of these options may be illegal in many areas. Depending on ...


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You are trying to balance the cat's pain on the one hand versus your sister's distress if this happens before she can get there. You can talk with your sister to gauge the latter, but you can't ask the cat how much pain she's in, nor ask her for an opinion. While it's impossible to judge these things over the Internet (and I am not a vet), you seem to be ...


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You won't necessarily see outward signs of stress. Which I believe is actually the case here. Plain and simple, and I can't stress this enough, you should never feed your snake live food. If for some reason you absolutely have to, (i.e. you've tried every other option), you should only do so under strict supervision. You should still supervise feedings with ...


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In your specific situation, you note that this was not your fish and that you were caring for the property of someone else. In this case, not knowing what the owner would want, and realizing the fish was dead, I would have taken a Ziplock or otherwise seal-able bag, put the dead fish in it, taped a written note to the bag noting what it contains, and placed ...


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Like any other protein-based life form, dead fish give off toxic byproducts like cadaverine and putrescene, which can be toxic in high doses. I can imagine that it's not urgent that you remove the dead fish, but letting them fester and degrade away may have toxic effects on the other fish. I don't have a reference to back that up, though. This article talks ...


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This is an interesting question. Personally based on the information I've seen, I don't believe a dog has the cognitive ability to decide that death is better than their life. They probably can't even comprehend what "death" is. The idea of committing suicide is a very advanced thing to think about. I'm sure we've all heard the classic idea of "self-...


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Sorry for your loss, it's never easy to lose a friend. So, for those unaware, canine distemper is a particularly virulent disease closely related to measles with about a 50% mortality rate amongst dogs. There are a number of reasons that a vet may tell you that you cannot bring home your dog for burial: Natural route of infection is airborne, droplets, and ...


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If your concern is regarding the IV causing your dog pain, anyone being stuck with an IV can be caused pain. IVs are commonly used in many procedures (not necessarily euthanasia and not just for dogs) and they can make anyone uncomfortable. A dog will lick due to unfamiliarity, so it might have been bothered by the IV, but if a dog is in severe pain (for ...


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This is probably the most difficult decision anyone with a pet can make. In general, while the cat is still eating and drinking and not showing any signs of pain, I'd suggest holding off, particularly since your sister will be back in a week. In the meantime, you certainly want to keep your sister updated by talking to her every day. If you can video chat ...


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Okay, there are several things I want to touch on here. 1) I'm not sure what you mean when you say they put in very large shells and it "disappeared". Do they suspect the crab escaped when they were adding the shells? Or could they just no longer spot it in the terrarium? 2) Depending on how long "a long time ago" was, the crab may actually still be alive. ...


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(This information goes for all social rodents and non-rodents including mice, gerbils, and degus.) This matter is briefly talked about here. While no one knows for sure what, if anything, animals understand about death, rodents do understand absence, as in: my friend is missing. Just as they are happy to see you after a while, they are happy to see ...


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I'm sorry for your loss. A large or smelly animal is usually picked up by your state highway administration, someone in the county/city government and/or the hunting/wildlife officials, depending on your local laws (this is in the US, I'm not sure about possibilities in other countries). You can call the proper officials for your location to let them know, ...


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If your cat is not eating because of his chronic kidney disease: He feels nautious due to the azotemia (buildup of uremic toxins in the blood). He is unlikely to get better without aggressive fluid therapy. Monitor the urine output (anuric renal failure, that is failure to produce any urine, is not a sign that cat owners commonly observe, but is indicative ...


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I am so sorry your lost your little friend. I know how bad that can hurt. Outdoor cats (and all animals) often live very harsh and short lives. There are a number of diseases such as FIP that can affect a cat’s nervous system causing paralysis, spasms and convulsions. They can catch these diseases from other cats, other animals or just the outdoor ...


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Cats grieve. Like most if not all mammals, and many birds. When my cat lost his brother (hit by a car), he sat under the tree where they used to play all the time for 4 days, barely moving. It still hurts – even for me – to think about it, 8 years later. All you can do is show him lots of love, and keep his food & water dishes fresh, full & ...


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This condition is called Exertional or Capture Myopathy. Specifically, according to the Manual of Common Diseases and Parasites of Wildlife in Northern British Columbia Exertional or capture myopathy (disease of the muscle) is a non-infectious disease of muscles that is characterized by damage to muscle tissues brought about by physiological changes, ...


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I don't think that dogs "commit suicide" in the same sense as humans. That said, I do think that dogs decide when their time is up, and I think they generally do it by stopping their consumption of food entirely. One of my dogs had an aggressive form of cancer, and when things really got bad she stopped eating. She was on various medications, including one ...


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Matt has asked me to post my results, so here they are. I had poor execution. If one is easily saddened or depressed then stop reading now. I set up a 5 gallon tank outside. Attached filter to ensure water circulation so the heat would drop evenly throughout and used a separator to divide the tank in half. Additionally I put a dripper that would drip ...


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I'm sorry to hear about your snake. It is possible that the evergreen branch still posed a threat. I work as a reptile keeper in a zoo, and we as a rule will not use any evergreen regardless of its age. It's also possible that the branch had been contaminated by chemicals, especially if it came from a farm area. Other possibilities: Lack of adequate ...


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I acknowledge you are hurting. "Dealing" with Bee's death amounts to staring in the face the unavoidable (and unbearably cruel) fact of life that those we love die, and eventually we ourselves die. It is what is known as "the human condition", i.e. attachment to other people/animals, and the awareness of the potential for their not being ...


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You should not. How could you be so sure that the fish died a natural death? I mean, if it was due to some disease then it could be spread if other fishes eat the dead body. And if it's due to some natural death it will still be a risk of water pollution through the dead body degradation process. It can make water toxic, so why take that risk with your ...


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