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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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TLDR: Not really. While the risk is low - COVID-19 seems to be fairly indiscriminate, with documented cases of dogs, cats, zoo otters and farmed minks getting it. Most corona virus (There's a whole family of similar viruses like SARS and MERS) outbreaks are pretty certainly zoonotic (they come from animals in the first place), so extra caution is a good idea....


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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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Cats are extremely territorial animals. Most of the fights break out when territory is contested. Once territory is established, they no longer fight. Cats doing small excursions to other's territory leave quickly if enemy is sighted. For example, my cat has territorial dispute with one other cat over next garden. Our garden is obviously my cat's so a fight ...


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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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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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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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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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In my (admittedly limited) experience with tumors, there's not much you can do against the odor. First you need to understand the state your dog is in. Tumors are bundles of cells that are physically and functionally changed (the medical term is "neoplastic cells" or "neoplasia"). A tumor "rupturing" doesn't mean it's going to ...


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That video is very informative. It's clearly coughing and not gagging. What almost sounds like sneezing is his coughing and the squeaky sound is the air being pressed through his windpipe. I don't think he requires an emergency vet visit, but you should reschedule your vet appointment to as soon as possible (within a week at most. Don't drag this out). It ...


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Advice from the UK government is similar to that of the CDC mentioned by Journeyman Geek (emphasis mine): If you, or a member of your household, have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) you should self-isolate for 10 days. If you’re self-isolating you should make alternative arrangements to take care of your animal’s welfare. You should ask for support from ...


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For our 2 babies, the cat (>10 year old, ~8kg neutered tomcat) was moved to a relatives' home at the first months of the pregnancy and returned when the baby became heavier than the cat. The weight was considered in order to discourage evenual cat's will to fight for a better position in the hierarchy (not that he tried, but one cannot constantly control ...


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Let's call the cat with the wound above the eye Cat A and the other one Cat B. You'll need to get Cat A examined by a vet. This wound looks self-inflicted by scratching, which would also explain why it gets worse. The vet must find the reason why Cat A scratches itself. The reasons can range from fleas or mites over allergies to ear problems or an abscess, ...


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If the kitten has deformities that causes problems for its ability to defecate it is very little one can do. You need to talk with the vet and ask what is best for the kitten,there are times in life where letting go is the only responsible thing to do. Please take a look at the situation do you have the resources to give the kitten a good life or is this ...


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Too long for a comment, so an answer that might help future readers. How old are the fish? What sex? Sometimes pushing about is male fish trying to squeeze eggs out of female fish. In my experience, female goldfish get eggs round about 3 years of age. Males get breeding tubercles about 1 year. Sometimes biting and pushing just fish defending territory, ...


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If by "wellness visit" you mean a visit at the groomer, I would reschedule until after she was seen by a vet. This hacking could have different causes. Maybe she inhaled some food during your play. But maybe it's kennel cough (Web MD) or a different contagious infection. You should separate your dog from others until you know for sure. That means: ...


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There are two possible scenarios: Not everyone in your household is infected with COVID. In this case the cats could serve as vectors for the virus to spread to other members of your family so you should avoid contact with them and have other members of your family treat them as infected just in case. This means always wearing a mask around your cat or when ...


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Water shock especially when they are very stressed or ill already. As you described your fish was already in a pretty bad shape, in that situation you can apply some medicine into the water tank or in a separate tank if there is more fishes. Next time try to watch out water conditions. I'm sorry for your loss.


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The emergency vet said it's a blood blister likely from fast crawling under tight spaces (bed, couch) with her belly.


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Unfortunately my beloved Jack was put to sleep as he was suffering. Thanks to all who advised and tried to help. Sorely missed.


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It seems known, that infected cats could respond in different ways, like this (old) scientific paper states: Clinical and immunologic aspects of FeLV-induced immunosuppression G K Ogilvie et al. Vet Microbiol. 1988 Jul. Cats exposed to the feline leukemia virus (FeLV) may mount an effective immune response and eliminate the virus, develop a non-viremic, ...


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I would mostly worry about the diseases and death of your cat. If you feel that it is necessary, then call animal control to pick up the other cat (if it isn't yours). If you know the owner of the other cat, then explain to them that their cat is attacking yours and ask them to restrain it. If you don't know the owner of the other cat, then just go ahead and ...


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No specific source for Medina County, OH outbreak has been identified. In the 2018 - 2020 out break in Washington State, birds are suspected of being the source. Q: Since so many feral rabbits have already died from RHDV2, won’t the virus just eventually “die out” in WA state? A: No. The state veterinarian’s office suspects that RHDV2 spread here ...


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It is impossible to know certainly but this could be Guillain-Barré Syndrome or some other auto-immune disease. It is unclear whether GBS is seen in cats, but autopsy results of two cats suffering from sudden paralysis were identical to those of humans suffered from GBS. Still, the range of auto-immune diseases is vast and we have less information about such ...


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I'm very sorry about what happened to your cat. You did everything you could, but it's hard to not know what happened. The rear leg paralysis sound similar to something that happened to my parents' cat, an otherwise healthy 5-year old tabby. After having gone missing for a couple of days, my parents found him under a bush in front of the house, unable to ...


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I own and work with giant breed dogs who are prone to bloat (Great Danes and mastiffs). I lost my mastiff to bloat last year, it's a horrible thing to go through. Preventing bloat is a multifaceted problem. Many studies have come out the last few years realizing that the raised bowls actually contribute to bloat (they used to say the opposite), so if that ...


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Kidney diseases are not a death sentence. I have looked after a Maine Coon with Kidney disease for three years and we lost him because of diabetes rather than renal failure. Replace regular cat food with renal food. Renal food is more expensive than the regular food, yet it stops or slows kidney deterioration. Make your cat drink more water. It is hard to ...


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Popping the tick does not more damage then the bite itself has done. But different as the other answers say, you should be worried about tick bites in general. Lyme Borreliosis Disease It is caused by a bacterium transmitted by minimum 4 different kinds of ticks. In some US states around 50% of ticks can be infected with them. They infect humans, dogs, ...


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While I cannot ask as a comment, and you mentioned trying everything, have you tried Erythromycin yet? In the photo, I noticed the fins seemed ragged and translucent in places, typical of either fin damage (sharp objects/other fish biting) or Fin Rot, a bacterial infection. Erythromycin treats bacterial infections, including Fin Rot. Other remedies like ...


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