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For safety issues concerning the safety of pets, and also the safety of people from a pet.

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Is it safe to feed mosquito larvae to my fish?

A long time ago, I had a small fish that would not eat any fish flakes/pellets, So I tried my luck with mosquito larvae from outside. It ate those just fine, and after a while, I was able to transfer ...
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My filter went out, will betta fish survive the night in a cup?

My 2.5 gallon tank filter went out, so I had to put my betta fish in a cup for the night until the store opens. Will he live when his filter went out over night?
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Can I use this sand as bedding for chicks?

I've got some chicks around 11 days old. I am facing trouble with the bedding in the brooder. I've tried using paper towels, but they get wet and shredded within hours. Now considering using sand that ...
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What temperature would be best for my Labrador dog?

I have a female Labrador dog, about 2-3 years old and weighing 25 kg (55 lbs), with a light coat. Her dog house is outside, but she's inside the whole day. Where I live, in the daytime it is 20-23 ...
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How to move cichlid/sucker fish for rehoming?

I am a science teacher who inherited many class pets when my predecessor left. He made absolutely no plans for these critters, and now I feel horribly because with the COVID school closures I am ...
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What is this alien in my shrimp tank?

The tank is set up since nearly two months now. The shrimp have been in it for around four weeks. One small algae eating fish and one big and accidentally some small snails are living there too. But ...
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Is it dangerous if cat eats food meant for bearded dragon?

I had my bearded dragon out of his enclosure and my cat likes to crawl in there if I leave the door open. Last time she got in there when I had the dragon out, she chowed down on some of his food. I ...
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Is it safe to cook and eat raw meat that a stray cat was eating? [closed]

If a stray cat is eating raw hamburger meat, can I still cook and eat it afterwards? Would it be safe, considering that the stray cat was eating from it?
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When do rabbits need a dry&insulated place to sit?

My female rabbit likes to sit on the grass in my garden. In summer this seems normal to me, but in the colder seasons I am worried about her health. For example today it is a cloudy, foggy and rainy ...
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Can I permanently leave my cat in an outdoor enclosure?

I've just needed to bring 2 of my kitty's that were being fostered back home. My home also has 2 fully grown Rottweilers, so I needed to create an outdoor enclosure for them that keeps them safe ...
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Why are so many horses put down when they break their leg?

It seems to be a common, and to me upsetting, theme that if a horse breaks its leg it gets put down but this doesn't hold true for some other animals. For example, if a dog or cat breaks its leg the ...
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Should I move a 7 year old feral Cat?

I have been feeding a feral cat for 7 years and now we are moving 6 hours away to an environment that is much colder, and has more predators. I feel I cannot leave her, she’s become dependent on food ...
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Is it safe to catch and move hibernating fish?

I have about 50 mixed types of goldfish and koi in an outdoor pond. I want to remodel the pond, expanding it to double the volume of water. I will relocate them temporarily to a 2000 gallon (7600 ...
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My dog ate small beef pieces that were cooked with onions. Is he poisoned?

My dog ate small pieces of beef that had been cooked with onions (seasoned) when I looked away from my kitchen table. He's a small poodle (~ 5 kg), body length is around 50 cm, give or take. I'm ...
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Can a hamster run around a room instead of having a wheel?

A hamster needs to run to stay healthy and happy. I am wondering, if a hamster was given a large enclosure (like the size of a room that is 300-400 square feet / 28-37 square meters), would the ...
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What can I put around the doorknob to keep the dog from scratching the door?

We moved into a new apartment with a wood stained door. The dog misses us when we leave and sometimes jumps up and scratches around the doorknob, trying to get it to open. It has scratched the door ...
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How can I keep our cats from endangering my pregnant wife?

I'm already aware of this question concerning cat litter and pregnancy, and fully intend to take responsibility for cleaning our cats' litter boxes. I am however more concerned about the additional ...
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Does my dog need boots for winter?

Winter will be early in my country this year. I have Labrador that is going to be one year old by then. And during extreme cold, temperature may fall below 10 degrees Celsius, but no snowing. I have ...
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Can I use a human grade bug repellent for my dog?

I have a Xoloitzcuintle (Mexican hairless) and this time of the year in my part of the world, bugs really start to attack him. As far as I know there are no commercial bug repellents for dogs, hence ...
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Can I feed very soft cooked bones to cats and dogs?

I sometimes cook chicken broth in my Instant Pot (electric pressure cooker), using chicken carcasses from free range birds. Yesterday I was picking the cooked meat (aka pet treats or diet food) from ...
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Feeding 25-day-old kittens with buffalo's milk in addition to mother's milk

My parents and sister are giving buffalo's milk to 25 days old kittens, even when we have the mother cat to feed them. It's like just some moments ago the mother cat was with her kittens in her bed, ...
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Can a wild female rabbit be spayed?

I have a five-months-old wild European rabbit. She was rescued by a colleague from a cat's mouth. She binkys every night and roams freely. She has bonded with me and jumps on me all the time. I'm ...
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How to stop my cats from climbing on the window and door nets?

I have four kittens (4 months old) in my yard. They are really lovely, but very mischievous. About two days ago or so, they started to climb on the door nets to use it as a scratcher post. They are ...
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Prevent cat from falling from second story, indoors

I know there are similar questions here, but I think this one is a little different and I need an answer somewhat urgently. My house is two-story, with an upstairs living room overlooking the first ...
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Is it normal for a long haired doxie to like yogurt? [duplicate]

My 9 month old puppy loves yogurt and I don't know if that's normal or not. Is it normal for a long haired doxie (Dachshund) to like yogurt?
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How to safely get iron to aquarium plants?

I have a planted aquarium that I've been working on for a while and I'm still trying to get my plants to grow nicely. From doing a bit or research, I believe that my aquarium plants may need ...
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What do I do about nematodes (roundworms) in aquascape?

I have 10 gallon (38 liters) tank aquascape, no fish yet, I noticed around 20 nematodes swimming around, can I just put platy fish and shrimp there? How do I get rid of the nematodes?
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Can you water down wet food to trick a cat to drink more food? [duplicate]

I had a 15 year old Maine Coon with severe kidney problems. With my current cat, who is a domestic short hair of seven years, I don't want him to suffer kidney problems when he is older. However, he ...
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How to identify metal toxicity in aquarium

Related to this question: If I start experimenting with metals for aquariums, how can I detect that the metal is causing the problems? I want to clearly identify the metal toxicity from wrong pH, ...
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Is biodegradable cat litter safe to use in rat litter box?

I currently use bathing sand in my rats' litter box but I'd like to change it to something I can just flush down the toilet (it would be much more convenient). I tried using tissues but they just take ...
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Should I capture live (invasive) house sparrows for my indoor cats to hunt?

Okay, let's get a couple of things out of the way first: I am not in this to torture birds. I have a deep love for all animals, especially birds. I'll explain myself further in the body text below. I ...
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What air quality index (AQI) is safe for cats?

My kitty loves to go outside, but I live in an area with extensive wildfires at the moment, and so the air quality has been awful. I've been keeping her inside for the worst of it, but it's starting ...
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Should I let my cat go outside?

I got a 6 months male who has been used to freely wander outside in the countryside. I'm wondering about letting him go outside. I live at the second floor and share a balcony with my neighbor (a ...
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What will be safest and least stressful for my cats? [duplicate]

So we plan to go away for 7 days. So which of the following is the best for my Cats? Leave them at home and have someone reliable feed them. Put them in Cat hotel for the 7 days. The pro for number ...
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4-month-old cat licks a drop of honey, is there something to worry about?

So this morning I was having breakfast with bread and honey, and apparently a drop of honey fell over the table. My little kitten saw the opportunity and jump over the table and "licked" the ...
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Is bitter nail polish safe for cats?

I've been having real trouble with my cats chewing on cords. I've heard lots of people talking about bitter apple spray, but it seems like it would be better if I could paint something onto the cord ...
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Inhaling or ingesting cat's hairs

I discussed with somebody about the fact that I would like to buy a cat. The answer was that it can be dangerous, but in a different way than I expected. Their argument was that inhaling or ingesting ...
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Dad accidentally sat on my cat

My dad accidentally sat on my 2.5 kg, 2 year old Persian cat. He didn’t see or hear her because he was on the phone, and she was sleeping on an office chair. Once he sat on her, he realized that ...
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Dextrose powder for puppies

My puppy is too skinny, even though he eats rice and other things I feed him. I bought dextrose powder in case he will become ill. But since he is not sick, can I put a dextrose powder in his water/...
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How to use windows with no screens for my cat when I move

I'm about to move back to Paris with my cat after having spent years in North America. My cat was found in Pittsburgh and has lived with me there, in California and in Montreal. In all of those places,...
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How to stop adopted stray/feral cat from scratching trees?

Im in New Zealand. The cat (probably female), has been with us for 5 years, but my parents are sick of her killing our trees with her claws. We think she was abandoned by her previous owners and lived ...
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What do I do if my dog inhaled dog shampoo?

My dog inhaled dog shampoo, at first she was making noises, but over time they started disappearing. But now she makes tiny little noises from time to time; it's been 4-5 hours since that incident, ...
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Is it normal for kitten to stray off for a week?

We had three stray kitten of which one have gone missing. We were used to feeding them since their mother had left them (actually we have not seen her since, which is unusual, and wonder if something ...
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How do I make sure I don't accidentally hurt my cat while playing VR?

I have a small apartment. Sometimes I play virtual reality games by moving everything against the wall in my living room, giving me enough space to use the rest of the room to get the games to work. I'...
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Is it okay to give too many injections to a 40 day puppy?

My 40 days old puppy had loose motions and the vet gave him injections (antibiotics), a day later he had 103.5 °F (39.7 °C) fever and again got the injections, screaming in the process. Should I see ...
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When can my newborn human baby hug my cat?

My human baby is vaccinated. He is 2 months old. I think he got 2 vaccines already. I have a tabby cat. She sometimes goes outside, but eats inside. I am not sure how clean she is. Not too dirty. Can ...
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Bleach in turtle tank

We had a terrible outbreak of algae in the turtle tank. I removed the turtle and added bleach to the water to kill the algae. I then siphoned all but about an inch of the water out, put in clean ...
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Can a cat be a carrier of biting bugs?

I have a 9 year old Norwegian Forest Cat with a naturally thick coat. He is very happy and rarely scratches. He is brushed with a soft brush once a day. He has no antibug treatment. It is different ...
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Is it okay to heat a lactated ringer's bag using a sous vide cooker?

I have been told that cats like it better if their subcutaneous fluids are administered from a bag that has been warmed a little bit. I like this idea, but I don't trust my arbitrary means of heating ...
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Separating the fry from parents - German Blue Ram

If I leave the eggs to hatch with parents and let the parents raise the fry, when should I take the fries out? I mean, for how long they can live with their parents? I know at some point parents will ...

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