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Why Are Fish So Slimy?
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Why Are Fish So Slimy?

There is a reason that fish are so slimy, and it's very important for the survival of fish. Slime is secreted from cells in the very outside layer of the skin. In some cases, the placement of these slime-producing cells determines what species of fish it is. The cells produce what is called a glyco-protein, which is then mixed with the water making the slimy mucus.

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Vet's Advice on Cat Muzzles

A cat muzzle is a device that goes around a cat's face used to prevent them from biting. It is primarily used in veterinary hospitals to prevent cats from biting when they are in pain or when they acting aggressive. For people at home, muzzling a cat can be a very difficult thing to do. Cats typically do not like things on their face and will try to paw it off as soon as the muzzle was placed on.
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Trouble in the Aquarium - When Fish Fight

Aggression is one of the most common problems when it comes to keeping pet fish in your aquarium or pond. Injuries caused by aggression can lead to life-threatening bacterial, fungal and parasitic disease in your fish. You can solve this frequent cause of death and illness in an aquarium by fixing incompatibility problems.
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Keeping Your Backyard Bird Safe

Imagine you're sitting in your backyard, sipping coffee and listening to the rustling breeze. A songbird perched at your bird feeder adds just the right element to complete a perfectly peaceful scene. But danger could be lying in wait for your feathered visitor in the form of a cat - yours, one belonging to a neighbor or a stray.
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Chocolate lab acting aggressive - will neutering help?

Our question this week was: My chocolate lab is 2 ½ -years-old and I have noticed changes in his behavior such as being aggressive towards smaller dogs and wanting to attack them and barking at strangers with the hairs on his neck standing. He also runs off and comes back home 2 hrs later. He had been very gentle up to now and friendly.
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Boston Terrier licking at vagina - why is this?

Our question this week was: I have a 1 ½-year-old Boston terrier. She seems to keep acting like the area around her vagina is itching her. I noticed she has a couple little bumps there, though they do not look like mosquito bites, is it possible to be poison ivy? Whether it is or isn't, what can I put on it to help her from itching?
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How to Stop Your Bird from Biting

Biting is annoying and can even be dangerous, but since birds are prey species, punishing them can be damaging - both physically and emotionally. The best response to a bird nipping painlessly on your flesh is no response at all. Some birds perceive almost any response as reinforcement for their behavior.
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The Top 8 Reasons Why Your Kitty Won't Use the Litter Box

Why won't cats use the litterbox? There are several reasons that we will tell you in this article. We will also give you solutions to help you solve your litter box problems. Litter box avoidance and inappropriate elimination (urinating outside the litter box) are the most frequent and irritating disagreements humans have with their kitties.
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Potty-Train Your Parrot - Easy As 1-2-3

Your bird is never going to fly up to you and say, “let me out to go to the bathroom, please,” but you can potty-train him with a little time, some effort and a few treats. Here's how: Recognize His Natural Behavior When a bird is getting ready to relieve himself, he'll squat just slightly and flick his tail in an upward motion.
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How Do Fish Breathe?

Inquisitive minds want to know. How can fish breathe underwater if there is no air? Fish and humans resemble each other in many ways. We have digestive, circulatory and nervous systems similar to those of other vertebrates. And fish need oxygen just like we do. But when we spend time underwater we must carry air with us.
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The Internal Anatomy of a Fish

The natural history of fish is rich and diverse, going back about 468 million years more than our own. Since people usually own aquariums because they enjoy observing these creatures, knowing about their history lends a respectful appreciation for them. According to fossil records, fish were among the first kind of animals to appear on the planet.
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Why Are Fish So Slimy?

There is a reason that fish are so slimy, and it's very important for the survival of fish. Slime is secreted from cells in the very outside layer of the skin. In some cases, the placement of these slime-producing cells determines what species of fish it is. The cells produce what is called a glyco-protein, which is then mixed with the water making the slimy mucus.
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The External Anatomy of a Fish

If you're someone who's going to care for your own fish instead of having a service maintain your tank, you need to know a little bit about fish anatomy. Here are some of the basic - and not so basic - external fish parts. Remember that unlike humans, whose basic form as a species is upright, fish range much more in shape, and even in which body parts they have.
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How a Green-winged Macaw Found Happiness

For a macaw, living with other flock members in the canopy of the Amazon rain forest is about as good as it gets. But for a male green-winged macaw named DB, hanging around with 20 other macaws in one of the Gabriel Foundation's aviaries is the next best thing. The foundation is a non-profit bird rescue and rehabilitative organization located in Aspen, Colo.
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Aggression in Your Aquarium

Aggression is one of the most common problems when it comes to keeping pet fish in your aquarium or pond. Injuries caused by aggression can lead to life-threatening bacterial, fungal and parasitic disease in your fish. You can solve this frequent cause of death and illness in an aquarium by fixing incompatibility problems.
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Bird Senses: Understanding Their World

In order to survive, all organisms must rely on their senses to acquire information about their environment. Birds are sensitive creatures and have the same basic five senses we do: sight, hearing, touch, taste, and smell. However, their senses are a bit different because they are custom-tailored for the birds way of life.
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References for the Saltwater Aquarium Hobbyist

Many books are written about the care and techniques used in saltwater aquarium systems. Some, of course, are more advanced than others, since an entire branch of aquaculture science involves only the care of saltwater species in captivity. The people who practice this science are called aquarists and usually work in exhibit aquariums such as Sea World, the Oceanarium in Lisbon, Portugal, or the Baltimore Aquarium.
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