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The solution is simple: Stop your dog scratching. However, implementing the solution is the challenge. Basically, every time you're with the dog you want to remain extra vigilant to make sure that she doesn't scratch it, distract her with something. If you simply don't have the time to hawk eye your dog (as most don't), then it looks like a lampshade ...


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I'm sorry to hear about your experience, but my suggestion to you is, never leave possible risk areas unattended, and always double check, my cat really likes getting into the dryer once its done (cause its warm) we allow it, but we always double check when leaving to make sure she isn't there anymore(sometimes she just falls asleep there) also we always ...


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Autotomy in leopard geckos Leopard geckos drop their tails only under extreme stress (life or death situations - as judged by the gecko). It's a move designed to distract predators so the gecko can escape. They lose a substantial amount of fat reserve doing so, which is why it's only under extreme circumstances. The tail is dropped by means of a sphinctre ...


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First things first - remain calm. The cat will pick up on your distress, and since it is already in trouble, the last thing you want to do is make it more upset. You will want to try to remove whatever is obstructing the cat's airway, UNLESS IT IS A NEEDLE. If it is a needle, DO NOT try to remove it, as you can cause a lot of pain and injury to the cat - ...


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The most important thing you can do to help an injured rabbit is to avoid GI stasis by ensuring that he/she keeps eating! Thus the first aid kit should include: Your rabbit's hay (in-case you run out) Timothy pellets - these are enriched treats,like a fiber one bar for humans. It's okay to have a little every day, but no more than a 1/4 cup per 5 lbs or ...


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First aid for a fresh (minor) cat injury is to clean the area with fresh water (no hydrogen peroxide). On noses, lips, and paw pads I'll apply either a 100% shea butter or vaseline (something that they could lick off and be okay). Keep an eye on the injury for the next few days, if it becomes infected you'll need to take your cat to the vet. If your cat ...


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As you stated in the comments, he was actively playing before vomiting. It could be that he ate all of his food, then jumped around too much which made him sick. You should keep an eye on it though. If he vomits again then it's probably worth a trip to the vets just to make sure everything is okay. Common possible causes for vomiting: Being active after ...


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I am not a veterinarian. I have been told by my vet that antibiotic ointment (Neosporin / Polysporin) can be used on a canine cut, as long as: the wound (and therefore the ointment) isn't directly accessible to your dog's mouth (it can be covered with a bandage) and you don't overdo the application of the ointment (I'd say apply a thin coat twice ...


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One of my animals had severe nosebleeds and I did the following: Keep the pet as calm as possible. In any animal, including humans, nosebleeding can be somewhat controlled by blood pressure and hormones produced by the body. Place ice on the nose and keep the room cool. Heat can cause vasodilation, which allows more blood to flow; if the cat gets excited ...


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My first-aid manual1 has a few tips for immediate aid: Immediately call your vet or an emergency veterinary hospital depending on time of day. This is a medical emergency and needs swift resolution. Inducing vomiting only if the cat is fully awake and in control of their body and you know what they ate. If there's any doubt that they are not then don't do ...


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One thing all washing machines have in common is that they need electricity. In a desperate time I would have tried to pull the power cord to stop the machine. Once the machine had stopped I would have broken the door open. This would ofcourse be expensive, but so is taken a dying kitten to the vet and then losing it.


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The are veterinary poison control centers. Keep the number for one handy, and call them before either panicking or doing anything that might make matters worse. Or call your vet.


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In most cases, these symptoms mean choking. Rats are known for stuffing their mouths and eating as fast as they can, and occasionally food gets stuck, or a sticky food such as peanut butter or doughy bread causes a blockage. You should avoid feeding your rat sticky foods. Sometimes, rarely, these symptoms happen because of poisoning - you should make sure ...


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virtualxtc has a great answer which I have accepted. I am also posting my own answer, with photos, and a couple of minor difference (opinion based, just different not right or wrong). Prevention is the most important part of first aid, and grooming is the interactive part of prevention. The first image is of my traveling grooming kit. Background My "...


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Simply call your regular one. Most (if not all) should have an alternative/emergency number on their answering machine, which you should be able to call. If that doesn't work call the directory assistance.


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Be careful using human products on reptiles, as they have sensitivities to particular chemicals. I'm not familiar with TCP but "phenol" is part of the name and phenols (like in Listerine, Pine-Sol, and other disinfectants) can be toxic to reptiles (Source: http://www.beautifuldragons.com/Disinfectants.html Most minor cuts might be better left alone unless ...


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This is too sad. Cats are explorers and, as a consequence, prone to accidents. I am not great at first aid, but I want to recommend cat repellents. It is known that cats find some smells repulsive; as to which smells, that may be individual, but also easy to find out. Both of my cats, for example, detest the essential oils from citrus peel. We found out ...


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With rats, wounds generally look worse than they really are. They very rarely require intervention - though their teeth are impressive, they also have thick fur and skin. Occasional fighting is normal for rats; if it gets more frequent, or it's a case of one rat picking on another, then you may have to investigate further. Generally, you can leave a rat to ...


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Fish generally have good regeneartion capabilities, but the regeneration success for your guppy it's hard to predict because they depend on the kind (piranha can regenerate small parts of their fins very quickly[1]). If he doesn't suffer, I'd keep up your plan. You could give him some living food, like Daphnia, which might support the healing process because ...


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Make sure the bleeding is nothing excessive. It should not be, but make sure. The gecko's blood vessels constrict before the tails falls off so you should be OK. Make sure to bandage the tail, calm the gecko down and stop anything that promotes infection and agitation. Also, remove the gecko from the cage with other pets, as now that its tail is removed it ...


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Vet's Number This item is pretty much essential in any first aid kit, but is often overlooked. if your gecko looks in a bad way or you have tried everything you know - then this is can be a gecko life saver more than the other tools on this list. There's nothing worse than scrambling around to find a contact number for a vet in a panic. To get your local ...


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Is there blood? Do you see any notable difference in the way he walks? or the way he is acting? The picture is blurry but the break doesn't look as bad as it could have been. In simplified terms, a turtle's shell serves the same purpose as a bug's exoskeleton. If the break is complete the vet may wire it shut or they may even use super glue. This is still ...


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In the UK, while some vet surgeries offer emergency consultations and it is always worth calling up to see if they deal with emergencies, there is a service called Vets Now. They have 53 emergency clinics open across the country, mostly in the Midlands and South of England, open when regular vets are closed. Alternatively, from the RSPCA website, ...


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I know this answer is late, but for people who may see this in the future, this is the rat version of "choking"- rats cannot choke because they have no gag reflex. (they are unable to vomit source) They like to stuff as much food as they can in their mouths at once! It can look scary for sure- mouth opening, laying still, stuff coming out of their mouth, ...


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In the United States (as you are per your comment) the most significant health concern with modern paints is Volatile organic compound (VOC) in short these are the things in paint, that evaperate so the paint goes from being a liquid to a solid. In the US there is a current trend to lower and/or eliminate the VOCs as well ref1, ref2. Lead paint has been ...


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Flummox has a great answer and I encourage you to follow the advice there. If you are unable or unwilling to take the kitten to the vet, but are able to touch them occasionally. The best treatment is do nothing. She has already done a better job of cleaning the wound then you would be able to with casual contact. Any type of medication that you might ...


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If you are willing to pick up the bill for the vet, may I suggest the following: Get a cat travel crate: put it on the floor and put cat treats in it. When kitten is in the crate, close it. They will not like it, so put a blanket or large towel over it to make it dark. They still will not like it, but will not try to bolt or escape as madly. Then take this ...


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I assume what you want to prepare is normal ("physiological") saline solution with 0.9 % mass concentration of NaCl, because that's what is used in such applications. Please note that I'm not a medical professional and this is not a medical advice. Anyone interested should absolutely do their own additional research and never blindly trust any ...


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Ask a doctor / nurse to treat him. The basic anatomy of a flesh wound and broken leg should be similar enough to a human that the dog does not have to go without any treatment. Put a muzzle on him, try to calm him and hold him still during the procedure. From experience I know that you can give him Iboprophen against pain and infection in a dosage ...


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This vet is recognized in our community as a rabbit and exotics specialist. He is highly regarded and we followed his instructions. In this case following his instructions is the right choice. 2 weeks after the surgery the site is almost entirely healed. I wish I had a picture of it to begin with because looking at it now, it difficult to believe the ...


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