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Tips on Bringing Your Bird to a New Home
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Tips on Bringing Your Bird to a New Home

As soon as you arrive in your new home, pick a spot for the bird's cage. Remember that he is a flocking animal and wants plenty of company. He should be able to see most of your family's activities, but still be able to have a little privacy when he feels like being alone. If possible, try to place the bird's cage in an area similar to the one he inhabited in the last home.

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My cat likes to eat pasta - Is that bad?

Our question this week was: My cat likes to eat pasta - is that bad? He loves it and is healthy as a horse. He has no problems from eating it. I love giving it to him now and then. His name is “Sammy” and he is part Maine Coon. John B. Liberty Heights. Answer Hi - thanks for your email. Well, that is an interesting thing for your cat to want to eat.
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Cat hair matting and knotting on lower back - is this a problem?

Our question this week was: Hi, I have a cat that is almost two years old. Her hair on her lower back is knotting all over, or matting I guess you could say. I was wondering if there was anything serious to worry about? I'm not sure of her breed, but she does have longer hair. Thank You, Brandi B. Answer Hi - thanks for your email.
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How do I make my cats comfortable when I'm on vacation?

Our question this week was: Doctor - What do I do to help my two, one year cats feel comfortable while I am gone for two-night three-day vacation. One of my cats is always at my side no matter where I go in the house so I am afraid this will be hard for him especially. Taking him to the vet is out he is stressed to the max when he goes for check ups or other issues and Libby just cries the whole time.
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My dog ate part of a big rubber ball - what should I do?

Our question this week was: My 7-year-old boxer eat part of his big rubber ball about 3 weeks ago the past 4 days he has not been felling well today he vomited 2 big pieces of that rubber ball. What should I do? Beth Pettey Answer Hi - thanks for your email. You wrote that your 7-year-old boxer ate part of a rubber ball three weeks ago - vomited up a few prices today and has not been feeling well for four days.
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I think my dog had a seizure or a stroke - what happened?

Our question this week was: I just had an episode happen with my 5-year-old Maltese and I'm not sure what it was. I thought maybe a stroke or a seizure but in reading the symptoms of those two diseases it doesn't seem to be that. He was laying on his side and I was petting his belly. He tried to get up but his back legs were not working he jumped over me and landed next to me.
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Puppy won't eat his food - what should I do?

Our question this week was: Hi sorry to bother you - I have recently got a 8 week old border collie, from a farm that is roughly 35 miles away although he was bought from my local pet shop. I have no idea what he has been eating and he seems a bit reluctant to eat dry puppy food although he will jump at the chance to eat a small piece of chicken.
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My Lab was in our Yard and Is Now Limping - What should I do?

Our question this week was: My 8-year-old Lab mix was running in my yard and I believe he tripped in a hole covered by grass. He is now limping and not putting pressure on his hind left leg. He isn't crying in pain but is very quiet and can't jump up as usual. My question is should I wait a day or two to see if it gets any better?
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Vomiting and inappropriate urination - Any advice?

Our question this week was: Murphy the cat soils our rug and clothing! I took in a female cat around 2000 from a family that had told me she was basically being abused by their youngest pre teen boy. I was their house sitter and decided to take the cat into my own home as my childhood cat had passed.
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Poo (feces) sticks to my cat's hair - what can I do?

Our question this week was: I have an 8-year-old long haired domestic cat and when she goes to “poo” the “poo” sticks to the hairs around her bottom and stays there. We have had to have her put under to trim this hair 2 years ago and have now got to have the procedure done again. Are there any tips you can give on how to avoid this problem or make it easier to cope with without having to have her euthanized.
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What is considered proper “eye care” for kittens?

Our question this week was: How should I care for my kittens eyes? Everyone talks about their teeth, grooming etc but I have not heard much about “eye care”. Jerry M. - Cleveland, Ohio Answer Hi - thanks for your email. Generally most kittens and cats don't need much in the way of eye care. Occasionally, if there is a small amount of discharge, you can clean around the eyes with a moistened cotton ball as needed.
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My cat is hiding - how do I get him to come out and eat?

Our question this week was: Doctor - I am worried about my cat twinkle. I have recently taken him to my mum's house for the summer holidays but he has been under the wardrobe for nearly a week. He comes out at night for a bit of food and water but I am worried that he is not having enough, any tips or ideas to try to encourage him out, he is only 8 months old and very shy.
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My cat has a string coming out his rectum - what should I do?

Our question this week was: I was looking at my cat's anus and he had a white “string” hanging out. It was moving around. I think it's a worm but not sure. What else could it be? He is an indoor cat and eats regular cat food. Occasionally he will tear at the houseplants. Maria Guevara Answer Hi Maria - thanks for your email.
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My cat has 3 legs - will this hurt his back?

Our question this week was: Doctor My cat has lost his front left limb. He does not have much of a stump and when walks his front is low to the ground. I am frighten this will twist his back and cause the other front limb to wear excessively which I feel will shorten his life span. Is there any artificial solution?
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What can I do about my cat's hair loss?

Our question this week was: Hello, I have an adult female Maine Coon cat. For the past 6 months she has lost her hair on her belly and now it is starting to fall inside her back legs as well. She had a scratching problem, which we solved with an anti-itch spray solution. For the 3 days she keeps going to the litter every 5 minutes when she is awake.
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My cat has waxy debris just in front of his tail head… what is it?

Our question this week was: My second question I think might be a little more serious, one day I was brushing my pure black 11-year-old (Pepper) and when I would get close to his butt right where the tail starts we would have a reaction and start biting on one of his front paws, to the point I noticed a couple days later that he had a bare spot on his paw.
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Euthanizing Dogs Because Owners Can't Afford Care: Economic Euthanasia

The Impact of Economic Euthanasia in Dogs Ideally, the decision to euthanize a dog would be made after many years of happy life with every party feeling they have done all they could and they have given their pet the longest, happiest life possible. But what happens if you simply do not have the means to treat your pet for a long-term or costly illness?
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Cat Urine Removal Help is Here - A Vet's Advice

Cat Urine Removal Help is Here - A Vet's Advice Do you need help with cat urine removal? When cats “pee” outside the litter box it creates a lot of problems for everyone and cat urine removal is just one of them. Apart from being gross, stinky, and causing stains, it's difficult to remove. In fact, many cats continue urinating in the same inappropriate areas time and time again because they weren't cleaned properly the first time.
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