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First of all, please calm down. Your question sounds as if any interaction with your cats would potentially endanger the life of your unborn child, but that is not the case. It's not the cat itself that poses a danger during pregnancy, but an infection called "toxoplasmosis" that is caused by "Toxoplasma gondii" parasites. This infection ...


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First off, rule one for an animal bite (beyond the obvious first step of thoroughly cleaning it and properly bandaging it) is to contact your doctor ASAP, even if it seems innocuous. There are two reasons this is important: Bite wounds are almost always puncture wounds, and puncture wounds are notoriously difficult to clean properly. Because of this, even ...


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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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The short answer is yes. The longer answer is that while, for the most part, there aren't many zoonotic diseases that can transfer from cats to humans, there are some infections that can be transmitted from the cat to you through shared sources, notably protozoal infections. These are basically single-celled organisms that can cause severe diarrhea in both ...


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Your goldfish has ammonia poisoning. First aid for this is to change 50% of the water at once. You need to change 20% of the water on day 2 and day 3, and from day 4 you need to change 10% water daily. Test the water for ammonia every day until the level is safe. Do not feed your fish until the ammonia level is safe, and after the ammonia level is safe ...


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Ich Ichthyophthirius multifiliis (Source) Ich is an tiny ectoparasite that can harm fish if they succumb to it. If not cared for properly, it can kill fish. It's important to note that Ich is always present, and there is nothing you can do to get rid of it. Fish are naturally immune to Ich, and only succumb to it when their immune systems or protective ...


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Dude, don't try to treat that cat yourself, no matter what the advice you get on here. Get it to a vet as soon as you can, or find someone else who can. It looks pretty bad (a lot worse than "encrusted dirt and dust"). I realize you are trying to help the poor guy - and I applaud you for that - but please be careful to be sure you are doing more good than ...


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If my wife is pregnant, she may need to spend her days lying down on our couch - and with our second bedroom set aside to become a nursery, where will we keep the cats? Why can the cats not be around your wife? If we do let our cats roam about, how do I prevent them from jumping on my wife's pregnant belly? You don't, your wife does. Once they've been ...


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As a cancer patient, your risk may be higher than another person's due to the possibility of being immunocompromised. I would consult with your doctor to get a better assessment as to the risk. Immunocompromised people can own pets safely, but they must take much more precaution, and therefore such a person might not consider pet ownership to be worth the ...


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You need to be present in the room if your child is to pet the cat. Young babies have little control of their body, so he might scare your cat. This might lead to the cat clawing or biting your child, so you need to stay close to him. It is best to keep the cat away from your child when you are not present in the room and to keep the cat out of your child's ...


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You should take your new pet to your vet for a healthy pet check up, regardless of where you got it. Many shelters (all that I work with) will have vet checked your pet as part of the intake and maintenance of the animal as part of their program. All the shelters in my area have vets on staff as full time positions, in my opinion shelter pets are more ...


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It's not easy to give one definitive answer - it's never really absolutely and completely safe, even healthy adults could get infected by pathogens transmitted from the cat. On the other hand - we humans, as species, don't derive our evolutionary success from obsessive avoidance of pathogens. Also, a baby could potentially get infected in a wide variety of ...


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After seeking advice I performed an ammonia test on the pond water and it came back at 8 ppm, which is the highest reading on the chart. This means that the water is poisonous to the fish. It turns out that I have been feeding them WAY too much - 1 cup per day, when they should have around a tablespoon. I performed a 60% water change yesterday, and the ...


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Whiskas generally contains the same ingredients (sourced from the same locations) as many other commercially available cat foods. This fact was made very clear during the 2007 Melamine Pet Food Recall as pet owners feeding nearly every brand scrambled to find something safe to feed their pets as we learned that "two Chinese nationals and the businesses ...


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Canine Corner: Can Dogs Get Infected by the Ebola Virus? This link, I think, provides the best answer with scientific evidence and provided myself with the answer I was looking for. Unfortunately, we have more to worry about now since Ebola is actually in the US. Here is a piece of the article that directly answers that question by Dr. Coren: "...


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From what I hear, it's typical for a cat with kidney disease to have their health go critical very suddenly, and when that happens, then it is definitely time. With a human, you could put them on dialysis, or give them a kidney transplant, but these are not available for cats, nor do I think they would be very good treatment options for them if we could do ...


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Still hard to tell from the pictures and I wouldn't be able to just diagnose in any event (I'm not a vet), but it does look a bit like encrusted dirt and dust (I don't think that's what it is, just looks like it) from the photo. However, there are a few things I think you should do: Give the kitten access to water, a shallow bowl would be ideal. Go out and ...


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No you don't need a species specific meter; you can use a human meter for this purpose, but regular engagement with a vet, and having a discussion with a vet on this, is very important. In any event, I got curious about your question and so did a little research on feline diabetes. This led me to a nicely written article from the Veterinary school at ...


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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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Prescription kidney diets are beneficial for cats with chronic kidney disease (CKD) for many reasons, but the primary reasons: protein restricted (cats with CKD struggle to filter the protein out of the blood) low phosphorus (hyperphosphatemia, or high blood phosphorus levels is damaging to the kidneys) high potassium (cats with CKD commonly develop ...


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It depends on where you live. If you are living in a western country, chances are rabies is almost completely eliminated. Disinfect the wound as soon as it happens. You will be fine. To make certain that you are fine, you might want to follow these steps: Disinfect the wound. Watch out for the cat regularly for ten days. If it dies, gets into a bloody fight ...


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This behavior is called "mowing" informally, but any type of hair loss is referred to as "alopecia". It can be caused by Parasites (fleas, mites, ringworm) Allergies (food, seasonal, environmental) Dry Skin (nutrition deficiency or environmental) Pain Psychological (boredom, anxiety) (Source: WebMD) It's likely (based on what I've read and my personal ...


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They need to see a vet, chances are it's feline rhinotracheitis which can cause some issues with eyes (we see this a lot in our cats from the SPCA), it could also be an eye infection which would require antibiotic eye drops. Only way to know and treat is by taking them to a vet.


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It sounds like your rabbits are infected with Encephalitozoon cuniculi or Baylisascaris procyonis. Generally, once a rabbit shows signs, it's too late to save them from it, though I am not saying you should not try. Anecdotally from talking with other breeders, the most common culprit seems to be hay that has either been rained on or been exposed to other ...


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According to researchers, dogs, pigs, many other mammals, and birds are susceptible to ebola. The current epidemic is believed to have originated in bats and jumped to people hunting bats for food. In dogs, the virus is often asymptomatic; Meaning they won't show symptoms of the virus. source: Weingartl HM, Nfon C, Kobinger G (2013). "Review of Ebola ...


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Swim bladder disease, or disorder, isn't necessarily any one thing, it's basically the result of some other condition adversely affecting the swimbladder of the fish. The swimbladder is an internal organ in fish which is used to increase or decrease buoyancy of the fish enabling it to maintain itself at a depth in the water without specific effort. Failure ...


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Honestly, I wouldn't do it. First of all, I don't think that baby wipes contain a disinfectant. Yes, they'll clean the baby, but that's not the same as disinfecting. Then: Babies don't usually lick themselves and I can't imagine that it would be healthy to consume large quantities of the residue of baby wipes, including the oil that most wipes include to re-...


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No, do not use unnecessary antibiotics! Unless your cat is ill - then you should go to your vet with it - then take the steps to cure. Do NOT use antibiotics as a precautionary measure in pets, or even people! I do understand you do care a lot. But improper use of antibiotics is very dangerous. Why? Antibiotic resistance. That is one very dangerous thing.


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The answer to this is yes this do happen but sex is only one way cats can get infected other types of close contact can spread diseases too. Feline herpes can be transmitted by body fluids. FIV cat aids can be transmitted by body fluids. Feline chlamydia can be transmitted by body fluids, Panelukopenia virus can be transmitted by body fluids. Calcivirus can ...


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