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Elizabeth - 2013-12-22
I have an apple head named casper I got a weenie dog about 8 months ago and the owners said that he was fixed he is the only male that was around my dog there are no other dogs in my neighborhood and she never gets out my fense is fully closed in she is now getting ready to have a litter of puppies and im out of my mind on what to do HELP what do I do I don't think the vet fixed the weeny dog right oh she is going to have them in a week please someone email me what to do on helping my sweety be comfortable during her labor and delivery.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-12-26
    It is often recommended that you take your dog in to a veterinarian when it's time to give birth in case there are complications or an emergency Cesarean section is necessary. If you choose to have your dog give birth at home, read up on the process, have all of the appropriate supplies, and have your vet's phone number on hand. The birth process and whelping can be time-consuming and very stressful on the mother. You can read How to Help a Chihuahua Give Birth, for more info.
  • Beverly - 2014-02-16
    I would DEFINITELY talk to the vet and make arrangements to bring her in when the vet recommends. With you not being experienced with this and the male being a daschund, a bigger breed, of course, than your Chihuahua, she might need a C-section. I don't think this is a situation you should go through by yourself. I really think you need professional help here, for the safety of your beloved Mama dog and her puppies. Not to mention you will probably be a nervous wreck from worry.
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Marcy - 2011-10-29
We have a one year old great pyrenees named Mochi. He is the sweetest dog but certainly has a mind of his own. I purchased him to be a goat guardian but he prefers to guard the couch. He chews our pillows, steals our laundry and sits on people, the other dogs, cats....This is def my new favorite breed of dog!

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-10-29
    Pyrenes are wonderful totally great dogs/companions. Most likely he will HERD the goats in time and do it quite naturally. For the first year or so, they prefer to herd their humans. Just enjoy and yes, they think they are a lap dog and they can be huge.
  • Espinay - 2014-02-17
    Pyrs are NOT herding dogs. They are guardians. While a flock may move with a Pyr when under threat they do not round up or move their charges the way a herding dog does. They work in a totally different way. To learn more about how livestock guardians work I recommend going to www.lgd.org
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Amy Carson - 2013-04-13
I have an albino kuhli loach who likes to float at the top of the tank or just lay draped in the plants. Twice I have mistaken him for dead, but he eats and looks healthy otherwise. Is this common behavior?

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-04-13
    I am not sure it if is common behavior, but if he is acting normal otherwise I wouldn't worry about it too much. Maybe someone else on here has had a similar experience?
  • Jacob Hertl - 2014-02-17
    This is normal I'd say there is not sufficient places for the loaches to hide. If it is alone and there's not enough cover it will act sick or dead as a way to lower attention.
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angiepoo - 2014-01-02
Hi..we have a double yellow headed Amazon that a friend have to me a few months ago. She's around 8 years old and has a very extraordinary vocabulary. We spend a lot of time with her. She comes in and out of her cage as she pleases except for at bedtime when we cover her cage. She has a very large cage and lots of toys. She is fed well with a top of the line parrott food. We've done all the things that is recommended for parrots however, she won't let us hold her. She will occasionally go into my living room or on my counter and that's the only time im able to pick her up when she knows im taking her to the top of her cage. Anytime I go to pick her up from the top of her cage, she snaps and just moves away from me. Can anyone give me some advice on how to get her to let us hold her? When my friend owned her, she use to let people hold her at one time but when my friend started work and no longer had time for her, she spent alot of time alone. That's why she have her to me. I really want to hold her but I don't want to traumatized her. Any advice?? Thanks in advance. ;-)

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-01-04
    What a great new pet you have and it's good that you know how old she is. She has set behaviors that, as you pointed out, developed because of her previous circumstances. To change these behaviors, work with her regularly. Be consistent and offer reassuring words and treats, and eventually she should come around. There's no guarantee, but time, love, and patience are your best tools for success
  • Kevin Krause - 2014-02-17
    I ended up taking in my Brother's bird who passed away 2 years ago. I can tell you this bird has so many mood swings it is not even funny. I have been bit 4 times, one almost needed stitches. I am trying to figure out what to do at this point. We have been so good to this bird...but I am at my end. It screams if you are not in the same room. It's not good for either of us. But not so easy to get rid of. But I will tell you, don't expect a big turn around anytime soon. All I have read about the double yellow amazon, it is not a great pet, unless you have 24 hours a day to spend with it. Very little reward.
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Animal-World info on Holland Lop Rabbits
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Holland _Lop_1 - 2003-10-20
I had 2 holland lops and they bred. Im thinking of getting another one and also trying a dutch! From the Hollands we only got 1 survivng baby but they are THE BEST RABBIT EVER!! I shouuld know seeing as I have kept 7 different rabbits. If you are trying to decide on a breed you have to buy a Holland lop!!!!

P.S they are so cute when they are babies

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  • Anonymous - 2013-02-02
    Yay, I'm getting a baby holland on March 26. A white doe.
  • Annie - 2013-04-05
    Actually I'm a crazy fan of holland lops! But I still have to tell you.:D It's harmful for Holland lops to breed, really really harmful. And the possibility for bunnies to survive is extremely low. Especially for us amateurs. Please separate them in different cages and cherish them.You can choose every kind of lops if you like, but for lops, they have no choice.
  • Brooklyn - 2014-02-17
    If it's the rabbits first time not many will survive but the second time almost all of them will survive.
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Joyce - 2014-02-15
I have a black red tailed shark which has recently developed a very large swollen white lump over its left eye. I have no idea what this could be or what may be causing this. I have several other fish in the same tank but this appears to be the only fish with this problem. Do you have any idea what could be causing this and what i should do about it?I

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-02-16
    It could be he is running into somthing, make sure there is a large open area for him to swim and no aggressive tankmates chasing him.
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John - 2013-12-29
I have a 30 gallon half moon tank. The water conditions are good. I have had a goldfish losing his scales for about 2 months now. The water conditions were bad then but not now. But, all 6 of my goldies are losing scales, and that 1 that has been loing scales for a while is now flashing and swimming uncontrollably. What meds can I use? I understand it's a parasite. I believe my choices are maracyn, maracyn II, and maracyn plus? What should I do other than keep water in good conditions? Maybe heat the water and medicate? Or just use medication and leave temp where it is at (72-75 farenheit)? Please help.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-01-04
    As goldfish are cold water fish, they do best in cooler water, but can be kept in tropical conditions. Good quality water provided with regular water changes are always needed, not only to prevent disease but also to help cure it. Check out the Maracyn types at the pet store and pick the one that best suits your situation. Then follow the instructions provided by the manufacturer, it should tell you if a specific temperature is needed for best results.
  • Clarice Brough - 2014-02-16
    Abel, African sharptooth catfish, Clarias gariepinus, are subject to a wide variety of diseases including bacteria, fungi and miscellaneous parasites. these are usually the result of stress, overcrowding, and poor water quality. I would recommend a good water change, and the addition of Melafix, which is a natural antibacterial treatment.

    Bacterial infection is one of the most common, often identified as white spots with a red periphery appearing on the skin. There is also something called an 'ulcerative disease'. It is described as 'Skin ulceration; sluggish behaviour; red or white necrotic skin ulcers' and these sores can be found in the mouth area, but are also found on the caudal peduncule. This disease has no known 'fix' other proper water management. I would recommend a good water change, and the addition of Melafix, which is a natural antibacterial treatment.
  • Abel - 2014-02-16
    I have clarias gariepinus, I noticed some patches towards the tail, but as time went on, it started peeling off into sores. It ended up eating up the tail. What do I do because I have lost o much of them. They are less than 3weeks old
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Lisa Woodward - 2012-09-09
I just bought a 90 lb Sulcata Tortoise. I have had her for 4 days and we are getting to know each other. She has an injury to the left side of her shell due to a heat lamp melting plastic on her. Apparently this happened many years ago. Is there anything I can use to treat this area to keep it healthy? I am noticing that red ants are attracted to it and I am concerned. Other than that, she seems happy and good appetite. Concerned Lisa

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-09-10
    Is the shell actually cracked?  I have seen sealants for shells if it is.  Give your local vet a call.
  • Renee Olive-Foster - 2014-01-28
    Hi wow sounds like a great new pet!! I heard Vets do seal the area with some type of surgical Glue, best to get it done asap to keep it from getting infected.. bless her heart! Best of luck..
  • Sandra Hildreth - 2014-02-16
    I also have a baby sucata. My dog found her when she was only 2 months old and the size of a 50 cent piece. She had a small cracked in her shell. I healed it with newsprint with pain men's and vita shell with calcium. It healed up great.
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Susan Saleeby - 2008-07-12
Hello Bird People:

You may remember me from some time ago. I had Jammy, a green-naped
Rainbow Lorikeet. He flew into a party some twenty odd years ago, where
I was singing for a wedding at a country club in New Jersey. We tried and tried to find the owner, going so far as to place an ad in the local paper; however, we
could not locate the owner, and the rest is history. Jammy, as we called him
since he seemed to be "jammin" at the party, remained with us for twenty some
years until he went to heaven about two years ago.

Right now, as I am typing this e-mail, I look at my mousepad which has a
beautiful picture of Jammy on it. We shall always keep this very special
gift from the Lord in our hearts; Jammy will always be with us. It has
been two years, and the tears well up in my eyes as I type this to you.

Nothing will ever take Jammy's place, and I have not looked for that in my two
new birdies. Peaches, our White-Bellied Caique was purchased to fill the
void of noise in the form of a whistle, which we missed so much in Jammy.
Peaches is a very adorable little Caique, and we love her very much.
I tell her that she is presently "renting" Jammy's home while we look for
a replacement.

Ben is a Solomon Island Eclectus parrot which we purchased some eight months
ago. Ben is very sweet and calm, and he is also not mean't to take Jammy's
place; however, I think Jammy would approve of this little critter.

I think what I am trying to say is that absolutely nothing can bring Jammy
back to us which is why I did not purchase a Lorikeet. Jammy was and will
always be special in our hearts. I believe that is the only way a
bird owner can and should go forward with life. I pray for Jammy every
evening; it makes me feel close to his memory. Jammy will always be very
close in my heart. I know some of you out there are in the same position,
and this, as I perceive it, is the only way we can continue on life's
path. I think many situations in life should be perceived in that manner.

I wish to say may the Lord bless all of you and your birdies and keep
up your very good work. Remember these creatures are extremely intelligent,
much more than they receive credit for in life.

Well, I feel much better for writing this to you; I hope this did not bore
you. It was so comforting for me to express myself in this way.

God Bless You All.
Susan and
the "Zoo Crew

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  • kathy - 2012-04-25
    Thanks for your beautiful tribute to Jammy. I have looked and looked for a bird and finally decided on a Lorikeep-the rainbow one. I was a bit put off with the 'messy' tag they are given. Did you find the mess hard to deal with? Thanks for any information you can give me.
    God Bless You, too,
    Kathy
  • Joe Chenault - 2014-02-15
    Hell0 susan. My name is joe and i am coming to you from millersport,ohio,outside of columbus. I found your entry sort of by accident. After i read it i felt compelled to reply. Im going through now what you went through. Tango,my rainbow lory passed away unexpectedly january 3rd. He was only 6 and a half years old. I miss him terribly. He wasnt a pet. He was my baby and my best little buddy. In my 46 years,he was the best thing that ever happened to me. I guess im writing to you because i know you will understand how i feel. When i was reading about jammy i was tearing up because i felt your pain. My friends and family arent helpful. They dont understand how i could feel so deeply about a bird. Tango was more than just a bird. I never knew i had the capacity to love or care about something as much as i loved and cared about tango. Like you mentioned,the silence now is torturous and i am am so lonely without him. Just like jammy,tango cant be replaced but i definitely want to get another lory,not to replace tango but to carry on his legacy so to speak. Because of my financial situation it will seem like an eternity before i can. Maybe i could become a wedding singer and get one for free. I think that is so neat how jammy came into your life and made such an impact for those 20 plus years. Im sure you will agree,that was destiny. I write this to you with warm blessings. Joe.
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Hannah - 2014-02-14
My four year old white holland lop (with blue eyes) passed away about three weeks ago. Her name was Bella! I got her when I was ten and she has been such a joy over the years. I would walk home from school and I would go through my backyard to her hutch and pet her and cuddle her. She was always there for me and I was so sad that she left me so early. She had become thin over a short period of time so we decided to take her to the vet. They told us to give her some medicine and we did because maybe it was an infection (something about the stomach because she wasn't pooping). About a week later she wasn't doing any better so my mom was going to take her to the vet with my dad. I spent a lot of time with her over that week and cuddled her whenever I got the chance. I knew she was in pain and my parents went to the vet without me but told me there was a high chance that she would have to be euthanized because she was suffering (she could barely walk anymore:( ) I was so upset and didn't realize it was the end so I didn't say a full goodbye and that was it. She is gone forever and I miss her so much. I want her back so bad and every time I go outside by her hutch I cry. She wasn't like any other rabbit because she loved to be held and cuddled and loved to eat and play and run around in the grass and she was the cutest rabbit ever! I looked up so many times how old they would live and I was absolutely positive she would live up to at least eight years old because she was so healthy! I guess it never turned out that way and I miss her like crazy. R.I.P Bella

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2014-02-14
    I'm so sorry to hear about your bunny. That is very sad, but at least she isn't hurting anymore. I'm glad you got a good 4 years with her!
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