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CG - 2014-03-04
Red cap oranda has changed in color from red to white on its cap. Is it sick?

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2014-03-05
    Hmmm... I've never heard of that. How old is he, and do you do regular water changes? Is his entire cap turned white or just spots of it? He could have ich or possibly a fungal infection as their caps are prone to infection. You may want to treat for that.
  • Anonymous - 2014-03-20
    A shift in color with age is common for goldfish. Black goes to gold, gold goes to white. Environment and genetics factor into the change. I had a red cap oranda turn into a lemon cap as it aged and a 10+ year old common turn from gold, to spotted to all white.
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ashley 28 - 2014-03-18
Parakeets are really intelligent birds, I have 2!

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pravin singh - 2013-11-01
i have a small paraket but it is not in talking position i m very sad about so what to do about it to make it talk

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  • Hassaan Shakir - 2014-03-19
    You should cut it's feathers, and say some words to him daily like Hello, what's your name. He'll talk in about 3 or 5 months, If you repeat these this daily.
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nicola - 2011-07-28
I have a 20 month male english bull terrier. I have had him from 12 weeks old, he lives out the back in a well built kennel, but he chews everything, the kids toys, fence, door frame. You name it he chews it. He goes for walks. How do I stop him from chewing? He has the run of the garden. When I go out to work he howls and barks until I get back, anyone got any answers?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-28
    Puppies chew and they need to chew to first get rid of their puppy teeth and then to keep their teeth healthy. You want him to stop chewing your things so you have to provide him with his things. When he goes to chew one of your things, remove it say "NO" and give him one of his own things. A trick I was shown is to take some old keys and put them on a keyring. When you throw them they make a lot of nose. Do not throw them at the pup. However, if the pup goes or is sniffing or chewing something it is not supposed to throw the keys at something that will make noise (the chair closest to him or something - the floor) and yell "NO". This worked for me for many a pup. There is no point in punishing after the fact or yelling no after the fact - they have no idea what they did wrong. You need to catch him in the act when you are with him and tell him "NO" Outside - he think you're in the home. He wants by you. The trainer told me to put my pup in the smallest room in the home that I didn't use when I went to wrok. I put my 110 doberman in the guest bathroom
    and my doberman went right through the bathroom wall, into the kitchen and into the master bedroom and ate (shook all the feather pillows up to the vaulted ceilings. I will not pass on that advice. Instead I will suggest a crate - large enough for your pup to move in with a t-shirt that has your scent on it. Can someone come during the day and let the pup out. Crate - next to a doggy door scenario has also worked for me. Laundry room with a dogggy door. He is going to keep on barking outside - as he thinks you are home and just not bothering. Doggy doors work well with small pen/crate safe enclosuresa in the home and fenced in area outside.
  • Sarah Kennedy - 2011-09-06
    Deal with one issue at a time. He's struggling to know where he fits or he's trying to dominate you.
    Barking: he's frustrated and wanting attention. From anyone. Bad or good attention, doesn't matter, just attention. Have you tried an anti bark collar?
    Chewing: He doesnt know which things are his to chew or he's doing it to get your attention again. The key trick mentioned by previous review is great. As are air cans, they work in the same way, they make a harmless noise which breaks dogs attention, at which point you redirect his attention to something you want him to do/chew. Also have your tried repellant on things like door frames, fence? Bitter apple spray, strong english mustard etc. again harmless but nasty tasting.
    You need to teach him which are his things. My EBT, Ozzy, is 12 months and he went through a major phase of shoe killing, including a pair of Jimmy Choos!!!! I took a pile of shoes and everytime he went near them or tried to pick one up I used keys, verbal command and/or air spray. Took a few days and a good few hours of input but he now leaves all shoes alone. Hard work but so so worth the effort as he's happier as he knows what's his.
    Let us know how you're doing.
    Sarah and Ozzy
  • Julianne - 2011-10-19
    The reason for the chewing is precisely this bull terriers thrive on human contact. They are not suitable to be kept outside at all, they need to be near you for their emotional health and if not will be destructive and will generally find something to take their stress out on. A bull terrier is not for someone who wants to kennel them outside ................... they would rather live in your lap.
  • debbie smith - 2012-03-18
    You don't have the time to spend with this animal who will take negative attention over none just like a child! Interact with this responsibility you chose to have.
  • Tammy agoney - 2013-01-15
    Maybe u should have researched the breed a little better!! He is part Of ur family!!! If you cannot Train him so he can live inside , rehome him so he isn't neglected for The rest of his life!!
  • Clarice Brough - 2013-01-15
    I kinda sounds like he's bored and needs more personal interaction.  They are great pets, but do require a regular interaction with their owners every day, with a good and fairly long excercise/training/play period. They learn to look forward to it if it is on a regular schedule. You might want to get a personal trainer to work with you and the dog to address the behavior problems.
  • Guy St. James - 2013-02-14
    Dear Nicola: Not replying to give you a hard time or slam you; but you probably have the wrong dog [English Bull Terrier]. I have been a 'English Bull Terrier' owner most of my life and these are NOT,NOT,NOT. kennel dogs. Even though they may seem to be a strong independent dog they are not. Should have done your homework prior to ownership of a 'English Bull Terrier'. These babies[English Bulls] require TONS of HUMAN companionship,or they will fail to thrive. A well loved 'Bull' will tolerate being left alone for a few hours[2-3], but any more than that is really pushing it. Sorry for the long wind here-but 'Bull Terrier' ownership is really a 'lifestyle' and huge commitment. Please reconsider thinking you have a kennel dog here.
  • Anonymous - 2013-03-06
    A few years later here...we hope for the best for that young English Bull Terrier. A warning to those reading this and considering adding Companion pet to their Family? Research theed bred, what environment you are offering, what are their needs and requirements: energy level, needed space, what they were breed to be/ do.... Then, and ONLY THEN select Your friend and be the BEST friend you can be. We've had outside and inside pups, we acquired a Labrador who we Thought should be outside..same'destructive' behavior-read about labs, brought him in-problem solved. Researched English Bullies , HAVE her in obedience training....crated....sleeps in it in our bedroom!
  • Colin rose - 2013-08-09
    You don't leave your bullie for that long it needs your friendship. I did not get one till I gave up working. I was brought up with bullies. I had no trouble with mine she was never left that long where I went, she went with us.
  • Noel - 2014-03-19
    I'm about to get a mini bull terrier, if I leave her alone for about 10 hrs is that good or bad? Will it affect the dog?
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adam - 2013-10-14
I have had my scomb and my armatus for over 3 years. These fish are very easily trained to take silversides, dangle the silverside in the water near the top until your payara sees it, then let it loose, if he grabs it, good. But if it hits the bottom, they won't touch it, they only like moving prey, so try again. Also another thing they hate, is lights. my lights are off 100% of the time, with the occasional moon led light. as far as a powerhead, I turn on for a little bit every other day. After a little while they don't like it at all, oh yea, they are 12 inches.


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  • Jason hawkins - 2014-03-18
    Everybody here is giving people false infromation, I study fish like these on a daily basis, and the Payara - 'Sabe tooth', if taken good care of, they live anywhere between 5-12 years, mine is 6 years old now, so that 6 months - 2 years is silly talk.
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wizgem - 2012-08-25
Just to share with all lovebirds lovers ... My two Dutch Blue Lovebirds are very fund of apple, pear, and corns. They also like seeds from apple, melon, and pomegranate. Honeysuckle and Star Jasmine flowers are their snacks when in season. Since both of them are 'boys', they have their own favorite playmates, one is stuffed toy Garfield that has bright orange fur, the other is soft and juicy wheat grass bed ... :o) ... As long as they are happy, I'm fine with it.

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  • gao - 2013-07-01
    I have a pair of lovebirds and they are mating all day long this week.
  • Muhammad Aslam Khan - 2014-03-14
    Kindly let me know about the yellow lutinos and Dutch Blue Love birds, feeding, medicine, Vitamins, calcium, and tonic you give them. Your early reply will be highly appreciated, I have just started keeping lovebirds and other fancy birds. Thanks, Aslam Khan.
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heather - 2014-03-14
My Acularia Versicolor (matinique) is pacing frantically and wasting away! No eating and constant walking and walking...any ideas? She's skinny as heck! No wrinkles in the abdomen yet, but I do have another female versicolor sling/adolescent enclosure nearby... what is the problem? Pacing and shrinking!

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-03-20
    It does sound like its nervous about something, it could be the other in close proximity, but I don't know for sure. However, they do loose weight quickly when they are nervous.
Kathy - 2010-09-03
I was just given an adult pink toe. Read up on it but I'm not seeing anywhere if its poisonous? I am assuming not? Anyways I have a heated aquarium its all set up with dirt and her nest up in the corner. My questions are: How do I go about handling it for the 1st time? I'm kinda scared but sooo intrigued! How can you tell how old she is?

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  • heather - 2014-03-14
    Handle her. She will be fine. I was scared at first, but I now have to refrain from kissing her! Bond with her, learn from her, don't be afraid of her... Does your family dog or cat have HUGE teeth? Why is it that you are not afraid of them? Experience is the answer. Hold her and learn.
Lucy Cortes - 2011-03-12
My daughter just got a pink toed tarantula and I would like to know if it is poisonous?

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  • Anonymous - 2011-04-04
    All spiders are poisonous however the poison that they some carry isn't harmful to humans.
  • PF - 2012-04-05
    You still have to watch out because, even if they are not dangerous to humans, she still can have an allergic reaction and go into an anaphylectic shock. I have 17 tarantulas and I react very badly to the uricating hairs and I have no clue if I'm seriously allergic if I get bitten. So just be carefull and enjoy your T.
  • Christopher Riley - 2012-07-04
    If your not allergic to tarantulas then they are non poisonous to you but if you get bitten they cause pain an if allergic to them you probably can die from bite just be careful stay safe
  • Dave - 2012-09-06
    There is no such thing as a poisonous spider. Spiders are venomous. Venom has to be injected to take effect, while poison must be ingested.
  • Michael Connachan - 2012-10-29
    No it is venomous.
  • Cheryl Luhrs - 2012-12-15
    ALL spiders are venomous but the New World T's venom isn't as strong as T's from the Old World. Plus, many New World T's are considered very docile, including Avic. Antilles Pink-Toes. Only thing I can say about them is they're skittish, smart, and 'fast'! They'll move so fast at getting away, you'll wonder if they aren't using a portable teleport. Your daughter picked one of my gal!! Grab your mouse and read some of the Gazillion reviews on the Avic. But, be careful, these creatures will get under your skin...and you'll have to have your own pet T. LOL
  • heather - 2014-03-14
    It IS poisonous! BUT like a bee sting. Not a problem. The antigen is not allergenic. Swelling and redness mostly. Enjoy them... human bites are 1000 times worse!
Christopher Riley - 2012-07-04
OK this got out of control I'm putting mine in a 5 gal fish tank. The pet shop sold mine to me also bought the recommended tatarium but my pink toe webbed it even his water bowl and the tatarium door. I got to move him to a fish tank got ? will it make a new web?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-07-04
    Yep, they will make other webs - just comes naturally.  They do it to give themselves a protected spot and also to get food.  Sounds like yours might be going to an extreme, does she have a safe place - maybe a hollow log or something for her to hide in and feel protected?  Just a thought but I think the 5 gallon is a good idea. 
  • heather - 2014-03-14
    Humidity and circulation of air. Period. This is what makes slings live. I don't think any info past this is more important! Get a humidity/temp gauge from zoomed 8.99 each. It will save lives.

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