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Cat's back twitching A LOT for over 4 hours now

The only answer is to TAKE IT TO THE VET RIGHT NOW. This sounds dangerous so you need to GO TO THE VET NOW. Nobody on the internet can tell you for sure what is wrong. A vet needs to examine your cat ...
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How to treat a 20 year old cat with pancreatitis?

You need to ask your vet about the treatment of this. Most of us here are common pet owners, so all I can do is give you some advice. Antibiotics are only an option if your cat has a bacterial ...
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Shearing our Golden Retriever with Sheep Shears

If this is a one time deal it may be more cost effective to pay the dog groomer to shave your pet. Inexpensive clippers can get hot enough to burn your pet before the shearing is complete. As you ...
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What is this alien in my shrimp tank?

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....
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A cat was potentially exposed to parasites, when should I go to a vet?

I propose a different approach: preventively treat the cat against intestinal worms and only go to the vet if s/he shows any signs of illness. If the cat ate those animals, intestinal worms are the ...
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My pet snake seems to have some sort of bugs crawling on its face; do I need to worry?

I saw this post resurrected and I want to put in a resource I found. Mite Eradication 101: Permethrin Permethrin comes in many forms - Provent-A-Mite (PAM), NIX/RID head lice treatment, Permethrin-...
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Puppy full of ticks

Side note: Im in the woods with my 8 year old Yella Lab every morning at sunup for an hour. We used to use one of those topical tick/flea oils, but switched to Trifexis about 5 years ago, because he'...
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Did I remove the tick the right way?

I have a pure breed German Shepherd who is very active and loves being outside, and ticks are an inevitable consequence that comes with it. To start with the tick you saw is probably a female dog tick ...
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Does bleach kill flea eggs?

Yes germicidal bleach will kill flea eggs on hard surfaces and in laundry, but the trick with hard surfaces is getting into the nooks and crannies where you can't see. If you have tested a small ...
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Maggots on back of the dog

This can be a lengthy process, here are the steps you and your veterinarian need to take. 1) Shave the area around the wound, it needs to breathe and be kept clean, having all that hair in the area ...
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What is this? I just pulled this out of my cat almost like a pimple

I have asked several people about what it might be, and it has to be a cutaneous horn. A cutaneous horn is made of keratin - the same material as in your cat's claws. Cutaneous horn and the formation ...
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Is it healthy for newborn puppies to live on direct land?

This sounds a lot like how wolves and other wild canids build a den While this is 'natural' behaviour - you're almost certainly going to be better off setting up a dedicated, indoor area. Puppies tend ...
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Is fish pecking at other fish a sign of parasites?

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, ...
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How can I protect my dog from Ancylostoma caninum?

Ancylostoma caninum is a type of parasite commonly known as hookworm. To understand how to get rid of them, we first need to understand their life cycle. Adult male and female hookworms mate in the ...
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Bayer Elanco Advocate topical treatment for Deworming cats

I haven't used this specific brand, but I use topical treatment for intestinal parasites on both of my cats and it works great. One cat is a barn cat, living mostly outside and eating mice, which is ...
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Why was a worm exam negative when actual worm was included in stool sample?

I would get a second opinion. The steps normally taken to do a fecal exam are as followed: 1) Macroscopic exam of feces - look at color, consistency, any mucous present etc. 2) Microscopic exam: ...
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Does bleach kill flea eggs?

Fleas have a reproduction rate of 30 days. If you eradicate 1 generation the eggs may still survive. In order to prevent this you have to repeat the process of getting rid of them at least once after ...
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Dog tablets for de-worming

When to test for intestinal parasites The only time we would run a fecal is when a dog has diarrhea, we're very fair with our clients and do not want to waste their money on tests that have a high ...
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Dog tablets for de-worming

It is ideal to do a faecal float and smear to look for any eggs or protozoa, before treating. If you would rather just empirically deworm then there are many safe over-the-counter products, but there ...
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Shearing our Golden Retriever with Sheep Shears

You might be able to buy a manual sheep trimmer, cheaper than a quality set of electric clippers, but it's going to be worth the extra money for the physical effort it will save you. I think the ...
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What is this scabbing and hair loss on my cat's ear?

With that question you better to go to a vet. He will take skin scraping, and check it in laboratory. The treatment will depend on what your cat has, whether it's mange, mites, tinea, food allergy. ...
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What is this scabbing and hair loss on my cat's ear?

We see a few cats come in like this, could be a number of things like parasites (parasite control always recommended for outdoor pets). If he is outdoors he could have gotten into a scrap with another ...
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Puppy full of ticks

He's likely anxious because he doesn't know what is going on. He might also be taking his cues from you if you are worrying while removing them. Keep breathing. Talk to him in a reassuring voice. Take ...
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Shearing our Golden Retriever with Sheep Shears

Unless you are experienced at shearing sheep or grooming dogs, I would not try sheep shears. It is very easy to cut an animal with them. Electric clippers have safety features to minimise the chance ...
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My dog has got ticks inside her ears

If you do not have access to a veterinarian to remove the ticks or are not able to remove them yourself I would suggest getting a veterinary approved tick preventative: Bravecto Advantix Nexgard ...
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Can my kittens get worms?

Kittens have worms until proven otherwise. Some worms (such as roundworms) can be transmitted from mother to kitten through the milk. Other worms come from ingesting fecal matter. Other worms come ...
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Something on my cat is biting me

You do mention you have some birds nest in or around the house and this makes it likely that your cat might have got bird fleas. Bird fleas do search for a host in the spring. They are attracted to ...
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Something on my cat is biting me

My cats had Cheyletiella mites, but they also chewed bald spots into their fur from it. During the infestation, my husband and I also got occasional itchy spots, but the mites can't reproduce on ...
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