Animal Health

Questions about the well being and health of animals go here. How to help and prevent sickness and injury and what to do about it when it happens.

Asked in Animal Health

What is the largest animals penis?

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Blue whale, with the size of several feet : )
Asked in Animal Behavior, Animal Health

How is Dr. M. Phyllis Lose admirable?

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Years ago, my trail horse needed surgery. We just bought a house and I was worried about the cost of having this type thing done. It turned out my horse stayed at her clinic outside Valley Forge for much longer then expected, even before the surgery could be done because of infection. We were allowed to visit and supply feed to help with our bill. Most horses their were expensive Thoroughbreds and money didn't seem to be a problem. Anyway, we had the chance to watch the surgery and when Dr. Lose was just about finished, she spoke to my horse saying how lucky he was to have an owner that would take care of him and not just send him to slaughter or auction. On hearing this I felt such relief because I knew she understood that he was more then just a backyard horse. They had a hard time with my horse as he woke up and he fought them terribly but when he settled I spoke to him and he looked up and for me. It was a very moving experience and I felt very honored that such a gifted person would understand how important a plain horse can be to someone. She could have easily turned us away but instead took in to consideration our position and helped us so my horse could be saved. Dr. Lose was kind enough to only charge us the originally agreed cost even after my horse was there for almost a month. Happily, my horse Cloud, an Appaloosa, gave me many years of riding and joy after his surgery. Years later, a very wealth woman told me outright that I could never have my horse operated on by Dr. Lose, we could never afford services from her and I replied that we did already and I had the chance to meet her and have her sign her book for me!
Asked in Animal Health

Sneezing in small animals could mean one of three things It could have wet tail or a cold or allergic to cedar bedding?

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The only wood shavings that are safe for small pets, especially guinea pigs, are aspen shavings. DO NOT USE CEDAR. Carefresh bedding is hypoallergenic and the best option for bedding. Using exclusively hay isn't a very good idea, as it's not soft enough for guinea pigs to walk and sleep on if it's the only bedding used. This is perfectly normal, he/she probably just has an allergy. Try using straw instead of hay/sawdust as its less dusty. If it's all the time, he may need to go to the vet. If it's just an occasional sneeze, he's probably fine. Cedar woodchips as bedding make most, if not all, small fuzzy animals sneeze. Switch to pine or aspen or something other than wood shavings to stop it. If there's still sneezing, see the vet asap. It is not normal for your pig to sneeze more than once every day/few days! I have had four guinea pigs, and I have sadly lost 3 of them to upper respatory infections. The main sign of this illness is sneezing! If your pig sneezes be sure to separate it from all other small pets because it is EXTREMELY contagious. Take your pig right to the vet! There are many things that can make a Piggy Sneeze, the two most common are Upper Respiratory Infections, and Allergies. If your piggy is sneezing a lot, go to the vet. The first action would be a round of antibiotics. If that doesn't work, your vet can also try putting your Piggy on a Antihistamine (Like Benadril). Hope that helps! don't use penicllian or ambacillin ****Not strictly to do wjth subject but add to warnig on cedar shaving bedding. AVOID any percentage of black walnut wood shavings. Recently learnt that even 10 or 20 % black walnut woodshavings in stable bedding for horses, can lead to founder (laminitis) in less than 48 hours. With that sort of effect on horses, and a lot more worrying info in gov't sites for America and Canada, best to keep well away.
Asked in Dog Health, Animal Health, Head Lice

Will vaseline kill lice?

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Answer You are thinking along the lines more regarding ticks. No, it wouldn't make a difference and you should see your doctor who will give you medication for this. Children can come home from school with lice in their hair and it's contagious. With the proper medication (generally a medicated shampoo) you can get rid of the lice quite quickly. It's important the whole family shampoo their hair. Answer I am a Nurse Practitioner. In answer to your question, yes, in theory, vaseline could kill lice. It would smother them. But you would have to put it over your entire head and all the hair. It would be messy, sticky and hard to get the nits out. It is better to use mayonnaise. I have recommended this to patients before for stubborn lice infestations. It washes out better than vaseline and makes it so the nits slip out. Put the mayonnaise on at night. Cover the entire head. Cover with saran wrap or shower cap. Sleep with it on head. Wash hair in the morning. Be sure to comb out all nits with a good nit comb. Nit combs can be bought at your local drug store. Answer Vaseline can kill lice, but it's use is really messy and hard. I will suggest you to use Cetaphil for the treatment of Head Lice. Cetaphil is easy to use and can remove all the lice from your head in just one wash. Cetaphil is a famous treatment for head lice problem. you can order Cetaphil from Chemist Direct to enjoy a great discount on it. Cetaphil should be gently applied to your entire head and than it should be left to dry, you can also use hair dryer to dry it. After drying you should wash your head with a good shampoo and comb your hair. Cetaphil is really a good solution to remove lice from your head. Yes, It will smother them. My mother did this to my sister when she was a child. She had a medical condition and could not use the regular treatments. But she also used heat in conjunction with it. After she has washed out all the Vasleline she used a curling iron to kill the knits. Yes it takes time but its worth it.
Asked in Animal Health, Gorillas, The Difference Between

What is the life expectancy of a Gorilla?

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A gorilla can live up to 50 years in captivity and around 35 years in the wild.
Asked in Biology, Animal Health, Genetics, Macromolecules

What is jumping DNA?

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Barbara spent years of research and after a very careful study of many generation. In 1944 McClintock recognized Jumping of DNA, which refer to unstable of DNA to move around between the chromosomes. But for many years her theory was disregarded. In 1983, the theory of jumping DNA or which is known today "Transposable" was confirmed. In 1983 McClintock was awarded The Nobel Prize in Genetics for the discovery of genetic transposition.
Asked in Animal Health, Prefixes Suffixes and Root Words, Animal Gestation and Incubation

Can a hermaphrodite self impregnate?

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No. Human hermaphrodites are not actually both male and female. Genetically they will either be male or female, and thus will either produce sperm or eggs (ova), but never both. People who are considered hermaphrodites acutually only have "ambiguous genitalia" usually due to hormonal imbalances in utero. For example, if a female fetus is exposed to testosterone in the uterus, she will develop ambiguous genitalia or if a male fetus is not exposed to enough testosterone in the uterus, he will develop ambiguous genitalia. Shark may have done it National Geographic has a story about a shark who this may have happend with. http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2002/09/0925_020925_virginshark.html Very far fetched, yet possible. Found to occur in rabbits before! http://www.straightdope.com/columns/read/2843/can-hermaphrodites-get-themselves-pregnant
Asked in Animal Health

Why do female cats bleed?

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Female cats that are not spayed start to bleed when they are around a year old. They may also bleed from the nose, which may be due to trauma.
Asked in Job Training and Career Qualifications, Animal Health, Veterinary Medicine

What are the duties of a veterinarian?

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Like human physicians, veterinarians in private practice have certain duties (responsibilities) as well as "duties of care" as outlined by their licensing board. General / daily duties (responsibilities) of veterinarians include: to assess well (healthy) animals to provide routine health protective measures, such as vaccines to provide routine grooming that can have health consequences to animals, such as cutting claws to allow for normal walking on the foot pads to guide, assist, and educate owners in how to keep pets healthy to assess for in-bred or genetic deformities or health issues to assess the effects a genetic defect will have on the future health of an animal to treat conditions related to a genetic defect to assess ill (sick) animals to diagnose and treat illness from conditions or diseases to treat acquired conditions such as kidney failure after ingestion of a poison to treat acquired diseases, such as diabetes to use diagnostic tools and interpret diagnostics (lab work, X-Rays) to know how to prescribe common medications in correct doses to know when to collaborate with other veterinarians to refer to another veterinarian or Vet Specialist when needed "Duties of care" and "routine daily duties" (which are two separate things), often overlap or are entwined. For example, a veterinarian who failed to do a particular test (diagnosis is a routine duty) when the clinical picture is unclear (i.e. he can't decide what's wrong by examining the animal) may also breach his professional "duty of care". Veterinarians who are not in private practice can have a variety of duties, from ensuring humane handling of animals to verifying the food safety program of a slaughter plant to investigating disease outbreaks to performing sound research.
Asked in Animal Health

What kind of animal has the fewest muscles?

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no you dumb idiot it's a snail or a worm or a caterpillar
Asked in Animal Health, Massage Therapy, Muscular System

What is the primary muscle for hip internal rotation?

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There are no prime Internal Rotators. However, there are several secondary movers including the anterior fibers of the gluteus medius and minimus, the adductor longus and brevis, the pectineus, the medial hamstrings (semitendonosus and semimembranosus) and the tensor fascia latae.
Asked in Domestic Dogs, Dog Health, Animal Health

Does ivermectin cure red mange?

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go to the feed&seed or farmers co-op get a 50ml bottle of 1% ivermectin should cost about $30-$50 the oral dose is 1cc or 1ml (they are the same) for every 35lbs every day for 2-3 months will clear it right up assuming its demodex dont use on collies or other herding breeds ive had great success using this formula on several of the bull dogs i raise this is also the same stuf used in heartguard to prevent heartworms at a 1/10cc per 10lbs dosage once a month saves alot of money than buying name brand heartguard also contains pyrantel pamoate wich can also be purchased at the feed store for a dollar or two a pill no need to administer more than once every six months I don't know about Ivermectin as a cure for external parasites. I use it as a heartworm preventative. I have heard it can cure ear mites, but I've never tried it personally. One product that does claim to cure red mange is Nu-stock. It is available on the 'Net, and in some pet and farm supply stores.
Asked in Animal Health, Snakes

How often do snakes shed their skin?

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Snake skins consist of overlapping scales of a hard, semi-transparent material called keratin. Snakes shed the outer layer of their skin as they outgrow the old one, and those that are not growing also shed, replacing their worn scales with a new, healthy skin. Some snakes shed every few weeks, others shed only about once a year. A new layer develops below the surface of the old skin. The snake begins the shedding process by rubbing its nose against rocks or other hard objects to start the separation of the old layer from its lips, and then crawls out of its old skin. The old skins are often found intact where they were abandoned. It depends on the age of the snake in many cases. Older snakes shed their skin less often than younger snakes. An older snake may shed as few as two times per year whereas a younger snake may shed it's skin four times per year. I cant speak about all snakes but my pet one seems to do it every 1 to 2 months it does vary but i got mine as a baby in 2008 so really mine is still young in snakes years. My snake is a Royal Python
Asked in Care of Rabbits, Animal Health, Rabbits and Hares, Minecraft

Can you give bunnies cardboard?

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It should not eat cardboard, this can clog up the intestines. but a little nibble there and a little nibble here it should not do anything to your rabbit no worries there
Asked in Endangered, Vulnerable, and Threatened Species, Animal Health, Squid

How many suckers are on one arm of a giant squid?

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There have not been enough specimens captured to count them and get an average number.
Asked in Animal Health

How are horses anatomy similar to humans?

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Well, we both have a brain, spine, lungs, ears, nose, eyes, pretty much the same thing except the shape of how the skeleton is put together and how many bones there are. Many people don't classify horses like humans because they cant see color but... Anyways yes they are the same in most ways but in other ways no. Hope that this helped. -Okapi
Asked in Animal Health, Veterinary Medicine, Poisons and Toxins

Is the toilet tablets that turn the water blue dangerous to pets?

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im sure it is. but to be sure i would ask a vet. --------------------------------------------------------- Good question. I just bought one and on the box it says that it is safe for children and pets but the pets should not be allowed to drink the water. Kind of ambiguous, huh? No ingredients were listed.
Asked in Guinea Pigs, Animal Health, Rodents

Is there anything you can do to reassure timid guinea pigs when trying to pick them up?

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Mine does this too. Mine runs away from me so not hard but pick it up and support the butt and lightly push against the cage. It works for me.
Asked in Guinea Pigs, Animal Health, Rodents

Can guinea pigs throw up?

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No. If they get food stuck in their throat they will hiccup to try to get it dislodged. If it is farther down in their system it has to pass through their body. No, they physically can't throw up.