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Why do groomers tell you not to shear a long-haired dog in warm weather?

The main question is this: Is your dog Single coated with hairs that grow endlessly at a constant speed? Or double coated with hairs that grow to a predefined length and are shed? Single coated ...
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Does my dog need boots for winter?

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 ...
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Do cats need clothes?

Cats generally have sense enough not to go outside/stay outside when it's dangerously cold unless they must. So unless you are forcing the cat outside, or your house is colder than most and you have a ...
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How can I make my cat use her house during winter cold?

Cats do enjoy warm surfaces and there are a few options to entice her into her house. Depending on what her house looks like, you can add a heat lamp, just be careful the lamp does not touch ...
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In what temperature ranges are Labrador-type dogs comfortable outside?

It really depends on where you live and on the dog (breed/coat, age, health, personality). Each dog is different and has different needs. Some dogs can withstand the cold, but really hate it and ...
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What temperature should I keep my home at for my cat's comfort?

A cat's natural body temperature ranges from 100.5-102.5F, a bit higher than humans. A good general rule is if you're comfortable, the cat will be comfortable. My mom has Sphynx, and like people, they ...
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Should you shave a Norwegian Forest cat for summer? If so, how?

I personally have a long hair double coat cat (Maine Coon) but most my info comes from reading Husky forums. Here is what some online forums say: Shaving is not necessary for a double fur cat. It ...
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Do cats need clothes?

Cats probably don't need a jacket or boots, since they probably don't want to stay outside in the cold for long. But if it's cold enough where you would want to wear a hat & gloves outside (...
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What are the ways to help my cats feel better during a heatwave?

See this answer of mine for a few suggestions. Also a rubbing a cat down with a wet towel is perfectly fine. In fact if it is very hot it is definitely encouraged as long as your cat isnt stressed ...
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How long can an aquarium remain without any filter and heating?

The filter shouldn't matter. A proper setup shouldn't build up anything harmful that quickly. I realize that's a loaded assumption, but with a crazily out of whack bio-load, I doubt even a good ...
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How long can an aquarium remain without any filter and heating?

Depending upon the type of fish, it may be possible. Some fish are able to survive in a bit cooler water. However, there are some fish that are extremely sensitive to temperature, for example ...
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How can I keep a rabbit warm?

John has great points in his answer (+1). Domestic rabbits are more tolerant of cold temperatures than heat. I reached out to the chief medical officer of Rabbit Wranglers to get more information ...
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I heard I can't shave my cat's fur because it affects its ability to cool down. Is that true?

Animal fur is an insulator. People commonly have the misconception that insulators keep in heat. The truth is that all insulators inhibit the transfer of heat, and this works in BOTH directions. ...
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Why do groomers tell you not to shear a long-haired dog in warm weather?

I agree 100% with Elmy Sometimes when groomers are trained, they may not be told or may not absorb the true reason for doing certain tasks in certain ways. They may simply be told, "Don't do this&...
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How can I keep a rabbit warm?

I suspect you're worrying more than you need to on this score. Wild rabbits handle Canadian winter conditions without issue, based on the bunny tracks all over my yard, and this was a harsher winter ...
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How can I make my cat use her house during winter cold?

Possible frame challenge here, but your cat isn't using the house because she doesn't need it. Her fur is cold to the touch because it's working - it's keeping body heat inside. And just like your ...
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What the best way to get water up to temperature for a water change?

One way to do this is to get an extra aquarium heater and a large container. Set the heater to the same temperature as your tank and let the water slowly heat up overnight. By doing it this way, you ...
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How can I keep a rabbit cool?

Domestic rabbits, are from rabbits native to Europe (Spain and Portugal), they are crepuscular, being most active around dawn and dusk. In the wild, they tend to spend the heat of the day in ...
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Betta is not active and laying on the bottom after tank dropped to 19C

Consistency is key. You are quite right that a large peak or trough in temperature can have adverse affects on the fish and is sometimes known as temperature shock. You want to do everything you can ...
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How to keep my cats warm in outside cat house?

I agree with M.Mat, kittens or even cats that are used to inside shouldn't be placed outdoors. Those outside cat houses, some that are heated, are usually used for strays that frequent an area but ...
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How to keep my cats warm in outside cat house?

So, cats are very clean creatures. If there is odor, assuming you mean cat box smells, you need to clean it much more often. Cats don't like the smell either so they may be going outside the box. ...
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Goldfishes died first night

Welcome on Pets! First of, please research what goldfish need for an habitat before you buy the next ones. Wikipedia is good starting point. Please note that common goldfish can grow larger then 16 ...
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Need help choosing a chiller

Firstly, you'll probably want to ensure that there is no other way for you to cool your tank before you buy a chiller because an aquarium chiller unit represents a reasonable investment. Indeed, the ...
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How can I keep my 3 month old leopard gecko warm

A few options at hand: 1) Increase the temperature of your room, can use your regular home heating system, space heaters (do not use unsupervised) etc.. 2) Use hot water bottles (wrapped in a towel ...
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Can I use any digital thermometer on my dog?

Temperature is a form of physical energy. It's the same for humans and animals, so any body thermometer for human use is suitable for dogs as well. Since the regulations and requirements for medical ...
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Is it okay to heat a lactated ringer's bag using a sous vide cooker?

No, In your case you are using the bag multiple times. Every time you submerge the bag in water you are exposing it to germs. Additionally you would be warming the bag to the perfect temperature for ...
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At what point do cats start to be in actual danger (rather than "just being uncomfortable") from cold winter weather?

Trust the cat. I don't know the distance from your house to your neighbour's house, but assuming you don't live near an abandoned mine in Yukon, it would probably take the cat a few minutes to come to ...
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What is the minimum safe room temperature for puppies?

At 4 months of age a puppy can regulate their own body temperature well enough. Any temperature that's appropriate for an adult dog of that breed is also appropriate for the puppy. That mostly depends ...
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Indian flapshell turtle not eating

I have consulted the vet they told it was result of heavy cold in this region.
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