Questions tagged [safety]

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

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Translucent sheets of polycarbonate or polyester. Safe to make a crinkle toy for my plastic packaging loving cat?

My 1.5 year old calico is perfect in every way except she cannot resist the crinkly temptation of plastic bags and packaging. Since adopting, the family has been mindful of how one handles plastic ...
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Can I allow my puppy near my breast?

Recently, my husband and I brought home a small, 15 day old puppy from a local shelter. Its mom has passed away so I have adopted it. I feed it with a bottle filled with milk from my pet goat. The ...
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Risks giving wooden toys to parrots

I am starting to give my cockatiels wood so they use it as a toy, destroying it. I know there are many toys made out of wood, but isn't it possible for them to get hurt with the splinters if they eat ...
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My cats drink from our swimming pool

My cats (three kittens) like to drink from our swimming pool, which is filled with a lot of chlorine. This has been going on for a a pretty long time, and even though I provide a huge bowl of fresh ...
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Is cedar oil safe to de-flea 2-week-old kittens?

I did some research, but I'm a bit concerned about the methods recommended, namely diatomaceous earth and giving the kittens a bath. I believe the kittens are too young for a bath since they don't ...
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How much should I cut off my Dachshund's nails? [duplicate]

My 3 year old Dachshund has long nails and they click when she walks. How much can I clip off safely and how often should I?
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How to keep my dog from circumventing her massive e-collar?

My dog (10 month old Collie mix) recently had to have stitches on the bottom of her right hind foot. The vet provided an e-collar (aka "cone of shame"), appropriately sized, but she is a rubber puppy ...
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Kittens that eat dry food

My kittens just turned 4 weeks old. I noticed recently they would sneak to their mother's dry food, which is a “mother and baby-cat food”, and eat it. Is it okay to let them feed on it? Because I ...
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What soil should I use for a dirted aquarium?

I am preparing to make a dirted aquarium. I have some CaribSea eco-complete substrate which I will be putting on top of a layer of soil in my 10 gallon tank. I am considering using Miracle-Gro ...
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What happens if a horse has no horseshoe, or the horseshoe is detached and its hoof “breaks”?

I've recently read about horseshoes, so I get the general idea behind them. However, what happened when a horse's hoof, for whatever reason, was "broken" or "worn out"? Would that feel really painful ...
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Does a small amount of human shampoo cause harm to a cat?

So my cat (almost 2 years old) somehow got urine on the back of her neck, so to clean it up we used a small amount of diluted human shampoo on a towel to wash her fur. It didn’t go into the skin much (...
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What can I give my dog to chew that will last more than a few minutes?

I have a puppy (well, he's almost a year old) that destroys everything because when he's not crated, sleeping, or being entertained by nature, my other dog, or me, he wants/needs to be chewing on ...
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How can I train my dog to release a tug toy safely?

I adopted an 18 month old pit bull from a shelter about a month ago and I have been trying to train him to play tug and fetch to help strengthen our relationship and give him efficient exercise. ...
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Can I put resin aquarium ornaments in boiling water for sterilization?

First of all, I'm not an English native user, so the sentences are not as clear as you would like. Sorry for that. Yesterday I got some second-hand ornaments that I could put into my home aquarium to ...
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Keeping outdoor cat away from my indoor cat

Is there anything i can do to prevent an outdoor cat from my window that is eye level? My Cat is an indoor cat and the two are fighting through my screen.
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is it a bad idea to let my tortoise explore my room while supervised?

I let my tortoise wander around my room to let out his energy(if I don't he gets restless and antsy). I was wondering if I need to have the humidity/temperature up in my room? also, some of my cats ...
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What is best escape proof harness / leash for a cat?

A cat lives in our house who is basically a full time indoor cat as that is the safest way to keep a cat. Problem is that this cat really really wants to go outside and really does well with short 100%...
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My leopard gecko keeps burrowing but not like in sand

My leopard gecko (I think it's a female but I'm not sure) keeps burrowing herself under things. It started with burrowing under her reptile carpet so I secured it, then under a heavy rock which I ...
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Is this a safe size for a dwarf hamster cage?

My new dwarf hamster Basil was gifted to me the other day, and she already is constantly chewing on the plastic tubing in her cage. I'd prefer (safety and aesthetically) to get her a glass aquarium ...
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Cat health consideration regarding the coronavirus

We have a two year old Persian cat with some kidney problems. We live in Iran, which these days is not a good place relative to potential coronavirus outbreaks because of the government not giving ...
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How to teach a young horse personal space in trot

My horse's personal space is perfectly fine when leading and in her stall. However, the moment I take her up into the arena and I try to trot in hand she begins to 'lean' on me. I've tried ...
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How to avoid accidental bites when feeding a horse from my hand

Given it's not always safe to feed large chunks of food, so I might be wanting to feed small slices of carrot for instance. If I want the horse to take some food from my cupped hand, how can I do so ...
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How to cut up vegetables and fruit for horses

Horses can choke on chunks of vegetables like carrot or sweet potato. To be clear - when horses suffer choke - it does not mean the food goes down the wrong pipe. It means the food is lodged in the ...
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If a rabbit has a collar, at what weight should the collar break so the rabbit will not be strangled?

Caused by this question What kind of information collar fits for a rabbit? I need to know what a rabbit's neck could withstand. If the rabbit has a collar, at what weight should the collar break so ...
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Adequate UV light for my birds

My vet told me that my birds (parakeets like in the below image) may have calcium absorption problems in the long term because their exposition to UV light is low (they do not receive direct sunlight,...
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Galliprant & enrofloxacin

Can I give galliprant and enrofloxacin to my 9.8 pound dog. She has a sensitive stomach. I gave her pepcid AC 1hour before enrofloxacin 8:30pm. Its 9:34pm. Is it ok to give her the galliprant. She ...
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What should horse owners do if their property is threatened by bushfire and they are unable to evacuate their horses?

Our state is in a bushfire crisis. The worst in recorded history. Image courtesy of http://google.org/crisismap/australia The problem with evacuating horses is there is literally not enough trucks ...
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Can horses eat lawn mower grass clippings?

I've heard over the years that horses shouldn't be fed grass clippings from lawn mowers. Is this dangerous and why would it be?
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Leopard Gecko Red Spot

I have 2 female leapord geckos in a 20 gallon tank and I just noticed one of them has a couple of red splotches on her body (specifically her head) and I don’t know why. Is it to cold? Is the other ...
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Is it ok for persian cat to go to home yard

We have a Persian cat who is free to go out into our yard: Two days ago when he was out there, I heard some sounds from afar and saw another cat with smaller body size than him. When I reached them I ...
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Tick fell into dog's ear

3 month old German Shepherd dog. This morning I found a tick in his ear, a bit deeper than usual. I got out a tweezer and carefully got it removed. However it seems the tick has fallen into his ear as ...
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How will dogs on heat react to “Sentry Stop That” spray contaning pig pheromone?

Since our dog was badly attacked a few months ago we have been investigating many many different techniques and products to help stop attacks in progress (on top of preventative measures) and one I ...
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Can a red belly black snake kill a horse? How would I know if my horse has been bitten?

My horse was eating and jumped back from her feed bowl and wouldn't go back to it. I thought she may have been stung by the electric fence, but thought that was strange as she was well aware of how to ...
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If I boil tap water will it be safe for my iguana would that clear the chlorine oxide out of it

I would like to know if boiling my tap water would clean it for my iguanas
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How clean are pets?

I am troubled and afraid of pets because of hygiene reasons but almost everyone is telling me I should not consider hygiene as a reason to avoid them and be appalled. I am a person that loves hygiene....
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How to rescue cat from high perch

I have two cats that can't seem to come down from their high (around 20' or 6m) perches inside a wooden barn. How can I get them down? The frame of the barn consists of large (around 12x12 inch or ...
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Parasitic worm from dog?

Last evening I found two small white worms crawling frantically across my white comforter on my bed attempting to burrow into it.. this after my roommate’s dog slept on my bed leaving copious amounts ...
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Can a bunny register the dangers of falling?

I live in a two-floor apartment and I'm trying to free roam my bunny. However, our stairs spiral upwards and have minimum railing (only 4 horizontal poles), so it would be easy for a rabbit to fall ...
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Is there a dog safe method for tanning animal hides? [closed]

I am getting back into hunting. Mainly as a way to more ethically source meat, my dogs love antlers too. I imagine they will love animal pelts/hides as well (which is my worry). I will be hunting elk ...
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Can a stray kitten eat eggs?

I have many stray cats around, and there's this stray kitten I am feeding whenever I can. Is it safe to feed her boiled eggs a few times a week?
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How to make my parakeets not afraid of me?

Couple months ago I bought two parakeets from the local pet store. I got them a cage, and for thew first few weeks they were afraid of me, but sometimes would jump on my finger (only to fly away when ...
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Why did my cat attack my eyeball when I was sleeping? [duplicate]

I have a nine-year-old cat who sleeps next to my pillow every night since he was a kitten. Last night, he attacked my right eye when we were sleeping. He then went on to sleep. I was lucky, my ...
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Chopped a lemon then rubbed my cat, am worried [duplicate]

I basically need someone to talk some sense into me. I chopped half a lemon, wiped my hands and then about five minutes later rubbed my cat's stomach. He was just grooming his stomach there. Could he ...
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Can I bathe my cockatoo with Dettol solution?

Of course I'm not talking about an equal mixture of water and Dettol, just a cap full into the bucket. That's how I do it with my dogs and they've never had a problem. Speaking of dogs, I don't have ...
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Preventing hens from eating plants

My neighbor's hens always nibble of our flowering plants and herbs. We've tried fencing and everything yet they still somehow manage to get to the plants. Is there some way to prevent them from eating ...
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My yellow rat snake was eaten by a live pet mouse!

I had a yellow rat snake, we fed it a live mouse only the mouse turned round and ate the snake! Obviously killing the snake. Why did this happen? I have an albino corn snake now and will only feed ...
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How to ensure that my cat always remains indoor, no matter what?

The area where I live is extremely lethal for a domestic cat. There are scorpions, tarantulas, poisonous snakes, dogs, foxes, eagles, vultures, larger wild cat species, and even sometimes leopards. My ...
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Is silica sand cat litter dangerous to use?

I'm seeing various articles on the web claiming that silica sand may be harmful to humans / cats, especially when inhaling the dust it creates. Quartz silica (sand), the other ingredient in most ...
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Pet sitting best practice

This is my first time hiring a pet sitter for my cat. I found her on Rover with good reviews. Is there anything I should be aware of, since I will be giving her my house keys? Should I get her ID just ...
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Would my dog want to harm my guinea pig?

I let my guinea pigs run around my room a little bit, and normally my dog will walk in the midst of them playing. I would expect it to be a cute little duo, but I am afraid that my dog may be a ...

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