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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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Dog jumping over neighbors fence, into an enclosed space that's still on their land separated by a smaller fence [closed]

I am the owner of a German Shepherd and my roommate has a Lab. Currently I am living in a rental home with a backyard that is contained by a 3 foot wired fence. There is no privacy, but we didn't mind ...
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Why is it so hard to find a good cat toy, are these alternatives safe?

I have two ragdoll cat's and honestly their favorite toys arent actually toys; i have tried all kinds of things from the store, in fact i have tried everything they sell from cheap toy stuffies to ...
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Our cat may be attacking neighbour's cat - what to do?

We've had a visit from a neighbour saying that he recognized our cat and he attacked his cat, causing an injury that needs vet's attention. This has apparently happened before, too. He says his cat ...
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Good collar tracker for my deaf cat

I have a deaf cat, 7 years old, and I've been trying to find a tracker for her collar but there's so many different options I don't know which type is best. As she's deaf she's an indoor cat and so ...
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Reasonable standard of cleanliness required for kitten environment?

My family have recently gotten a couple of 9 week old kittens (rag dolls). My partner and I disagree what is appropriate environmentally, and neither of us has had a cat before. One of us seeks to ...
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What types of couch are resistant to damage from a cat?

My orange tabby cat, Cheeto, is almost six years old. Right now in my living room I have three Ikea armchairs which are a simple wooden frame and cushions covered with a blue denim-like fabric. When ...
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What substance can be used to kill all pathogens?

What can I use to disinfect an area after animals like dogs, cats and chickens were present? I'd like to know solution for small (doghouse) and bigger areas (room size). It'll be used for animals, but ...
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Is an Australian Wolf Spider bite dangerous, particularly to small dogs?

In my backyard I have started to discover more and more, what appears to be "Wolf Spiders" - I know there are many many species of these, so for reference, my location is Western Australia. ...
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Can I dye my bird's feathers ethically and temporarily?

I have a standard grey pigeon that I rescued as a squab off the streets, and now I am starting free-flight training with him. I’m very worried that one day he will fly too far, and get lost. How will ...
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I accidentally hurt my dog , I don't know what to do because she's scared of me now [duplicate]

I accidentally hit my dog. I feel absolutely disgusted and horrified with myself. I was mad at alot of things and I was hitting my pillow, and she was at the other end of my bed playing so I thought ...
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How best to give up a dog for adoption?

We have a pit bull just over 1 year old. Because we now have children we feel it best to not have the dog, though we (the parents) love him. We do not want the dog “put down”. How best can we put ...
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Can a puppy chew through a 10-gauge power extension cable?

I have multiple 10-gauge, heavy-duty extension cords in my house powering industrial grade computers for cryptocurrency mining- could a puppy chew through this strength of cable? The only reason why ...
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My cat (3 yrs) fell into my bathtub of diluted shampoo. After licking himself clean he has been sneezing non-stop for 3 days. Would this be why?

He has been acting normal besides the fact that he sneezes constantly. Not purring as much, considering. Just wondering if he has a little cat cold or if the diluted shampoo water he fell into had ...
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Help - How can I help rescue this young stray kitten?

So there's this young stray kitten (can run and eat solid food) that got stuck outside our window on the 3rd floor of an apartment building. We helped bring her down and brought her inside the house (...
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How deep should the needle be when giving a cat subcutaneous fluids?

The vet has instructed us to give our cat subcutaneous fluids, but unfortunately we're having a lot of struggles with this. It's very stressful for us to have to intentionally hurt the cat doing a ...
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Why has my cat changed all of a sudden?

I've raised my cat from a kitten, she was maybe 3 or 4 weeks old. I've been by her constantly. I am a stay at home mom so I really mean constantly. I carried her around the house with me, put her in ...
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How stressful is an overseas relocation for a rabbit?

I've been really wanting to adopt a rabbit, but have been postponing this since I am anticipating an overseas move sometime in the next 2-3 years, and didn't want to have to re-home my rabbit once ...
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How to scare dogs away from attacking a child?

A friend of mine with a one-year-old child lives in a neighbourhood with many aggressive, poorly trained dogs who sometimes get out without a leash. Obviously, the best thing is to avoid a conflict in ...
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Brahman calf aggression?

My sister has a 7 month old brahman calf that charges at me. My niece is the one that takes care of him but with school it has been difficult for her to do so. As soon as i enter the pen he runs at me....
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Seatbelts on my dog?

Almost every day, I get up at a usual hour, go through my normal grooming process, and then head out in the truck to get fresh provisions. My girl (an 8-year-old cocker) always comes with me. In fact, ...
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What should I use to discourage my small dog from pulling while walking?

I have a small adult Chihuahua-mix who pulls very strongly when I walk him. I currently use a harness, but was wondering if a training slip leash would work better to reduce pulling? My concern is ...
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New apartment has radiators for winter heat - are they safe for cats?

They're not running now, but in a few months, the radiators in my new apartment will become quite hot! is direct contact with radiators safe for cats? should I preemptively encourage or discourage ...
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Fish in rainwater outside

I saw an answer to a question about CO2 addition, and it states that fish themselves can make water from rain acidic (I assume they do it by breathing out CO2). Now I am thinking about my small pond ...
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Advantages and disadvantages of different types of recovery cones

Recently, my cat suffered an injury to her paw; after an examination, the veterinarian recommended she wear an e-collar (recovery cone) for a while to allow the paw to heal. While waiting for the vet ...
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Is the injection of carbon dioxide into a planted aquarium a detriment to fish living in it?

From the start, thank you for your time and consideration. Whilst planning a planted aquarium setup that would include CO2 injection, I stumbled across an article about possible behavioral ...
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I accidentally overdosed my kitten on his antibiotic; what should I do?

What should I do? I accidentally overdosed my kitten on his antibiotic; his proper dose was 1:30 and it was accidentally given to him again at 5:30. The antibiotic is “Clavamox drops amoxicillin and ...
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Puppy safety for tug of war

I see a lot of questions here and on other sites answering the psychological hazards of tug, but I don't see anywhere discussing the physical. I have a small Shih Tzu puppy, under 5 pounds (<2 kg) ...
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What are some of the best materials that can be used to safely bite-proof the squeakers in fabric dog toys?

Our medium-small dog is obsessed with killing squeaker plushy toys by biting into the squeaker. I can buy replacement squeakers to sew back into the toys or buy new toys, both very cheap options, but ...
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Does mint plant affect guppies?

Can I try the step 1 and 2 posted here with a fish tank of guppies: Cutting a stem of mint; Placing mint stems in a glass of water fish tank containing guppies? Will guppies enjoy the mint plant? Is ...
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Large dog lays down when eating. Should I feed in an elevated bowl and which is riskier for bloat?

So I have a German Shepherd/Doberman mix. Big dog that weighs about 85 pounds (around 40 kg). Not fat but large and energetic (vets says for his size he is good). He has been eating laying down since ...
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How to tell if cat has abandoned her kids?

Today, when I woke up, I found several kittens in one of the empty room in my house: Now, I am monitoring them from the morning but I don't see their mom anywhere. My questions: Has the cat ...
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Have a routine for my cat that wants to go out

Problem Description and Situation I recently moved to a new apartment with my cats Moe (female) and Joe (male). They are brother and sister. It didn't take long for them to get used to it. Moe started ...
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What are some long term strategy to keep cats off counters?

What are some effective ways of keeping cats off the TV counter for a long term? My cat loves to climb my TV counter, which it probably shouldn't because it can cause him some serious damage with ...
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What to do if I cannot find my cat?

Introduction to my cat: I have a 10 months old male cat. He is almost a pet cat to us. He can enter our home whenever he wants to, but he usually spends most of his time inside our house. He is ...
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Relocation from USA to India with our pet cockatiel [closed]

We are relocating to India from the USA. Please can someone help us with how I can take my pet cockatiel with me?
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Can cat with pyometra be allowed to mate and get pregnant?

My cat was diagnosed having a pyometra. I'm thinking: if I allow her to mate and get pregnant, will it be okay? And will it help my cat with recovering from pyometra?
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How to "coach" dog - child meetings at the street?

My son is around 6 years old. On the way to school we see many different dogs. He wants to touch everyone. What guideline can I provide my son, to interact with unknown dogs? Aims: not scare my son; ...
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Is there a pet-safe, non-toxic glue to mend a fetch ball with?

My dog has a favorite ball that he has been playing with for nearly two years now. The ball is really squishy and soft compared to others on the market and unfortunately, I cannot find the same one on ...
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What are the effects of cat anti-flea insecticide - imidacloprid - on humans?

I'm using Bayer's Advantage Anti-fleas drops for my cat. It is a very common in Europe and is effective. However, I have also suffer from dry eyes and I've noticed that when I apply this product to my ...
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Is it safe for a cat to be with a Covid patient?

I recently tested positive for Covid and I’ve been isolating myself in one of the bedrooms. This is the same room where my kitty sleeps and basically calls it her own territory. She meows, yowls and ...
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Do cats shiver when they have a fever?

Just like us humans, do cats shiver or seek warmth when they have a fever? My 6-yo domestic short-haired cat likes to sit in our hot tropical sun for a long time and I’m worried she may get dehydrated ...
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My cat had a little bit of lactose-free chocolate milk, should I be worried?

So my cat licked up the last bits of chocolate milk in my cup as my back was turned and I caught her and pulled her away from it. She vomited but otherwise she seems fine. The chocolate milk was ...
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Worried about domestic cat and urban cat fight

We have one male Persian cat, who likes to go to our yard and we have seen there is one male urban cat which is fighting with our Persian cat at our yard. Here are the cats below: We are worked about ...
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Mouse problem, how can I attract a cat to the area?

I have a cat at my farm with my livestock. I feed her and she also kills mice at the farm. She also lets me pet her, hold her, etc. She loves attention. At my house, which is a little over a mile from ...
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My kitten ate a coffee bean

We realized our kitten got a coffee bean quite a while ago and it's not exhibiting any weird symptoms that we can realize. Should we worry?
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Is it safe to let cats tear up paper?

If a cat likes finding paper and tearing it apart, is it safe to let the cat do so? And does it matter for the type of paper, e.g. toilet paper, tissue paper, wrapping paper, printer paper, etc.? I'm ...
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How can I save this baby bird?

One baby bird came on my terrace today, what do you suggest I can do to save this baby? I think it is a pigeon. I kept it at a place other pigeons can easily see, but no other birds came around.
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Should I be concerned if my dog swallowed a battery?

My dog may have swallowed the battery off his invisible fence collar. How concerned should I be? The battery is the flat, round type that is roughly the size of a quarter (button cell). Update: the ...
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Is Cerenia (maropitant) safe for my cat?

My veterinarian prescribed my cat Cerenia, a drug to help with vomiting (antiemetic). However, the instructions included with the medicine say that it is "for oral use with dogs only." Is it ...
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Should I take my dog's favorite tug-of-war toy away from her to prevent her from potentially eating pieces of it?

So I've been leaving my dog's toys scattered about; she'll come ask me for fetch or tug by bringing me a toy. I've been recently reading, however, that I shouldn't leave tug ropes out, because she'll ...

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