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I took her to a good vet today. She checked her, found that she was blind, but she was responding to sounds well. She was pacing in circles when she got stressed. Today with this new knowledge, I brought her home, started training her with sounds. She started responding well, she would circle a bit and then once she recognizes where the sound came from, she ...


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BEWARE OF RABIES! DANGER TO LIFE The symptoms you describe, the lack of motor control, the unawareness, staring into nothing, not being able to drink and eat on her own, could all be symptoms of rabies. Rabies is 100% lethal to all infected humans and animals that are not vaccinated. If you're not vaccinated, please get the vaccine for you and your family as ...


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There's no need to rush to the vet, unless one of the following occurs: Your cat gets diarrhea, vomits or refuses to eat or drink. "Vomit" means actually expelling eaten food, not just grass and/or hairballs (which is natural and healthy behavior for cats). Your cat gets lethargic, acts depressed, hides away or otherwise acts very different. Your ...


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Have you ever seen wolves hunt in the snow wearing their winter boots? 😉 So the short answer is: No, unless there's a specific medical condition you don't. Make sure the dog has a warm place to stay in rather than stand/sit on the cold floor all the time and you should be fine. Far more important, depending on where you live, is cleaning the paws from salt (...


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It is most important that a betta fish have the right environment. If the environment is right, it's easier to treat any illnesses the fish may develop. Your fish needs at least 5 gallons (19 L) (despite what a pet store employee recommends, you can always get a different tank). Additionally, the smaller the tank, the more frequently you need to perform ...


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In my experience the easiest way is to be sneaky about it and peek at the wound while the cat is eiher relaxed or sleeping. The best way to achieve that is by petting. You may have to invest some time to really get them to relax and lay down. You also may have to try several times. If your cat lays down in a way you cannot see the wound and you try to move ...


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As well as petting your cat to get him to lie down, use a clean wash cloth or rag that is dampened with warm water when you pet him. It should be about as damp and warm as being groomed by a cat tongue. Cats naturally lick wounds so this will feel more comfortable and dampening the fur around the wound slightly will help keep fur flat and make the wound more ...


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Contact your vet. Caffeine is indeed toxic to cats. According to vetmeds.org, cats can only tolerate about 36 to 68 milligrams per pound. For a small cat, they estimate that amounts to less than .05 ounces of coffee beans, which is a very tiny amount. If your kitten is very small, the risk is even greater. So perhaps if the kitten has truly only eaten one ...


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As this source writes, there are some main issues, that horse's legs make special in cases of broken legs: The leg bones are small in relation to the horse's body weight Under the knee (which is not the knee in anatomical sense, but everybody think about this as knee) there is nearly no tissue to give the bone some stability (even with a cast around, this ...


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Your cat is not going to let you "study his wound". He's a cat and it's going to be difficult to accomplish such a task if he won't let you already. What I suggest is taking a video using a good device like a 4K camera or smartphone. It'll give you the few seconds of time looking at the wound that you need to get an in focus shot of the injury ...


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Please do not let your cat mate! It will not help with the disease! To treat pyometra you need the help of a vet. The usual way of treating a pyometra is to remove the uterus completely. This is done because the disease is life-threatening and must be treated as quickly as possible. There are other treatments if you really want to breed the cat in the ...


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Cats are notoriously picky eaters. I don't really think you should be worried that your cat has eaten any food that would be unhealthy. As a side note, cat senses were used (by my mother in law) for qualifying food for her kids - only the human food (sausages and other meat-based food) that were accepted by the cat were good enough for the kids. If the cat ...


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Fish swimming with their mouth constantly glued to water surface is a sign that they are gasping for breath. However, the reason for them being short for breath usually isn't the low oxygen concentration in the water itself, but toxic effect of water pollutants: ammonia (NH3), which burns fish's gills and disables them from extracting oxygen from the water; ...


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Short answer: No. Cats do throw up from time to time, and it is normal. Keep an eye out for: more throwing up general sluggishness less appetite lack of defecation Generally just keep an eye out for more things that point to your cat being sick. If it is just this one throwing up, and he does not do it several times a day, you do not need to go to the vet. ...


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There are a number of reasons why cats can develop chronic nasal sound. Sometimes but not always there is an increase in sneezing that accompanies this sound. It can be a result of chronic viral or bacterial infection leading to rhinitis and/or sinusitis, fungal infection, nasopharyngeal polyps, nasal mass or tumor, and tooth root infection or abscess to ...


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Don’t worry! Even humans eat crickets, so your dog will be totally fine. Dogs eat a lot of things worse than crickets (my parents’ dog regularly snacks on goose poop despite our best efforts to stop her). As a plus, crickets are a great source of protein and other nutrients! There could be a rare instance that the cricket was carrying a parasite, so just ...


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Pyometra means the uterus is infected. More literally, it means pus in the uterus. Breeding her will not solve the problem, nevermind it being very unlikely there would be any surviving kittens. Pyometra can be very serious. I recently had a a patient who was a young unspayed female cat who first developed pyometra, then the infection spread systemically (...


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If your cat has not eaten anything for so long, it is a serious concern. If a cat does not eat for any longer than 24 hours, it is at risk of developing feline hepatic lipidosis, also known as fatty liver syndrome; this is potentially fatal disease that is capable of causing death within just 3 days since the cat has stopped eating. I do not think asking ...


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Budgerigars are common enough as pets that even a vet that isn't specialized in birds should have rudimentary knowledge. You should call any vet or pet clinic you find around you, describe the symptoms and ask if they would treat your pet. There's a chance they have an idea what's going on and you don't need to go to a specialist. And the initial phone call ...


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I know this answer might be unpopular, but the one person who knows best what your dog needs is a vet. As we established in the comments, this is an international community, so the environments our dogs live in are so vastly different that there cannot be one answer that fits all. Your local vet knows best what kind of ailments they treat regularily in the ...


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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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I am not a cat experienced person, but I found a website, maybe useful for you: "cat friendly clinic". They store a lots of videos about cat handling (I assume more for assistant staff and vets). There is one video about the "Towel wrapping a cat". Additionally, there is a pictured instruction (in German language) on this Vet's Website (...


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I found it is the German "Kleiner Schneckenegel" (Alboglossiphonia heteroclita, synonym: Glossiphonia heteroclita) which is a kind of leech. They eat snails and other related kind of animals. I found the German Wikipedia page but it seems there is no English source for this on Wikipedia. If someone knows a source, I would be happy to add it. The ...


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I second the recommendation to take your cat back to the vet for further evaluation. If there is discharge from both nostrils then it is more likely an upper respiratory infection (viral or bacterial) or allergic problem. If there is discharge just consistently from one nostril then it is very likely there is a problem starting in just that half of the nose. ...


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C.Koca is spot on with expanding food. Dry food with a high grain content expands more that food with a high meat content, so switching brands might help. Please keep in mind that grain content is proven to increase the risk of urinary tract diseases in cats and that male cats are much more prone to those stones than females, so switching food might be a ...


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No, if a hamster has sufficient space, they do not need a wheel. A wheel is just a way to work around not having enough space to exercise. I'm sure a hamster would love having a that much space to run around in!


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This answer is part of Pet's Spring Cleaning Campaign. This question is old, but this answer will still help people with the same problem. There's a number of things this could be and I cannot say for sure which one is correct. Skin tags are small benign tumors that form primarily in areas where the skin forms creases (or rubs together), such as the neck, ...


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I hope you find the cat. When you do, take her to a vet immediately. It's not uncommon for cats to be wary of a new environment, especially with people in it. It's normal adaptive behavior. However, some cats, whether because of age or character, can end up starving themselves over it, which is what you need to prevent. Ideally: When the cat arrives, put it ...


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The best thing you could do is get all them checked by a vet. Given your situation, you should have a look at I can't afford vet treatment, what are my options? As a first aid measure, I can recommend mixing "artificial tears" to rinse the eye. Please read here for detailed instructions. I would advise mixing smaller batches, but you need a ...


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This should be harmless, based on gathering the numbers in the other answer and the comments therein. A dangerous dose for a cat is around 36 to 68 mg of caffeine per pound (79 to 150 mg per kg) of cat weight. A single coffee bean is around 0.13g and contains between 1 to 10 mg of caffeine. Additionally, your cat swallowed an entire bean, not the same amount ...


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