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How can I help my betta, who has a white-ish sore on his side, is laying at the bottom of the tank, and isn't eating?

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) (...
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What could be causing my dog to constantly lick her paws?

Paw licking can have so many causes, it will be hard to determine the true origin in her case. There could even be several causes cumulating at the same time. Infection Just like humans, dogs can get ...
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Hypersensitivity and Flakes at Base of Tail

The best way to determine the cause of this problem (and find the most effective treatment) is to see a vet. Your cat is clearly uncomfortable, so if there's any way to get him seen, that is the best ...
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What is this wound on my dog's nose?

Take to vet immediately. You don’t want this to get infected and it needs to be taken care of so it doesn’t get any worse.
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What causes bald spot between eye and ears on a cat?

Cats naturally have thinner fur in that area, and if you look at the head at just the right angle, it can look almost bald like the photo. On some cats (especially those with darker fur, because of ...
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Cat - fix poor coat

Knowing from your other question that your cat is not neutered – Have your cat neutered. The coat will likely improve and there will probably be less shedding. Unneutered males in particular can ...
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What causes bald spot between eye and ears on a cat?

The phenomenon of hair loss in that area is called facial alopecia, and it's a normal pattern of hair loss when cats age. There are also scent glands around the face area, which cats enjoy rubbing on ...
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What is this on stray cat’s skin?

I'm not a vet, so this is not professional advice. From the pictures, these look like seriously infected wounds that urgently need treatment, these will not heal on their own and likely get worse ...
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What are these odd bumps on my Dachshund's cheeks?

They're called "vibrissae"-- they're not defects, they serve an important function. They're sensitive receptors, like a cat's whiskers. They pick up air currents and alert a dog to any movement or ...
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Is there anything safe to put on a Naked or Skinny guinea pigs skin

Skin issues with skinny pigs can be quite common. I have two skinny boars at home that when they have dry skin I use an organic coconut oil on their skin and it lifts off the old dry skin and ...
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How to locate trigger of atopic dermatitis

One of my cats has this, and my vet suggested (a) trial and error and (b) if that didn't work, allergy testing. Often the problem is food. In this case, you move the cat to an exclusive diet of a ...
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My Cat is missing hair on her neck

Loss of hair is called "alopecia", and in cats it can have many causes. Obsessive grooming (a mental disorder) Allergies Parasites Fungal/bacterial skin infections Hormonal imbalances The only way ...
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Strange dark scabbing near cat's nose

We took our cat to the vet and she took a sample of his skin by pressing a small piece of plastic against the irritated areas. She then ran a test on those samples and found some bacteria present ...
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What is this bump on my cat's lip?

It is a large pimple or a small abscess, an infection in the skin. It can be painful or get painful quickly, so I suggest you take your cat to a vet. The vet will make a small incision to drain it. ...
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Please help I found a strange sac on my cat's tail. What shall I do?

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 ...
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Is there anything safe to put on a Naked or Skinny guinea pigs skin

I know this is a little late but I would recommend not using the pine shaving bedding. I have two skinny boys that I got from 2 different places that both advised me to use paper bedding because the ...
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What are these odd bumps on my Dachshund's cheeks?

No, don't worry. Those "bumps" are completely normal. All dogs got them, it just depends a bit on the race how well you can see them. They're very noticeable on our Husky for example. As you've ...
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What is a good moisturizer for a dog's pads?

Vaseline works just fine. A dab on the paws before bed and a dab before walks. If you want I'd shop for one but you can make homemade moisturizers for your dog. Shea butter Lavender oil (...
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Diagnosing a skin condition in a kitten with no qualified vets around

Looking at the photos my first guess is it could be some small blood clots (a scab like you and I get on a scrape or cut). The kitten may have been scraped or been bit by an insect or scratched ...
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My cat won't stop licking himself?

He's just grooming himself, when they wear the collar they can't reach anything so once it comes off it's go time! No concerns as long as the incision is healing nicely :)
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My 2-month-old Persian kitten's fur on tail does not seem right

Any skin related issues should be seen by a veterinarian it could be anything from parasites, allergies (though rare in young animals), had a run in with some chemicals, skin (bacterial to yeast) ...
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What could cause my dog's rash and yellow flakes besides allergies?

Sadly its impossible to diagnose skin issues online, it needs to be seen in person. Hot spots (bacterial), fungal, allergies, parasites. Maybe they both came in contact with a chemical. Sometimes you ...
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Black dark spot on kitten's face

The vet said it is feline acne, most likely caused by using plastic plate; it is a kind of allergic reaction to plastic and my kitten was too small to clean itself properly. First, please switch to ...
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Cat with itchy skin

What food was he on vs what he's on now? If it's food related allergies you should try a food that has a different source of protein (ex. fish instead of chicken). Dry itchy skin can also be a ...
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Remedies for irritation at base of tail

Sadly, skin problems always warrants a physical exam. It's one of those things where you need to physically be there to examine the skin and run some tests (i.e skin scrapings) to rule out the problem....
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What kind of shampoo to get for dry skin?

Dry skin can be caused by a few things: Low-quality diet Allergies Diseases such as hypothyroidism or cushings disease. Pitbulls are notorious for allergies, if you notice excessive itching, hair ...
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Cat mowing and chewing until skin bleeds

So I think we've finally found something that fits the symptoms. Unfortunately, it's a poorly understood condition called Feline hyperesthesia. The start of this video is pretty indicative of what our ...
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Hypersensitivity and Flakes at Base of Tail

I will add on to Zaralynda's answer: If he exceeds the requirements for the large dose of Advantix I will assume your cat is obese. We see this often that obese cats cannot clean themselves properly ...
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Swollen lump on dogs belly

We asked the vet last time he had a checkup and the vet said it's his belly button. It's a minor umbilical hernia but it's not worth doing surgery on. The vet didn't seem too concerned it would cause ...
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What is this weird pimple on my cat's skin?

Almost all mamals do have nipples just like it is in human female/males. The number of mamarian nipples in cats are normaly 6 to 8 but it can vary from 4 to 10 and the numbers are not always even. ...
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