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Questions tagged [safety]

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

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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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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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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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Is it safe for my puppy to sleep in my bed?

He is 14 weeks old and was diagnosed with tapeworms four days ago. The doctor prescribed 1/2 tablet for a one time consumption. He is doing well and full of energy. I have been checking his bowels and ...
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Changing Hamster Food

I recently hit the bottom of my bag of hamster food and ran to the store to get another bag. After searching the shelves I learned that they may not carry the kind I previously used, and because I had ...
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What to do with a bonded domestic rabbit and a cottontail

Last summer my one of my female rabbits bonded with a male cottontail rabbit. Before I was able to catch her, they would hand out nightly in the neighbors driveway. This went on for a few months. I ...
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Are rodent repellent devices safe for snakes?

We have young curious large breed dogs who make using mouse traps and poison difficult and/or dangerous. We also have a ball python who lives in his terrarium, not free roaming. All information I ...
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How can I fix my relationship with my 7 month old cat after I've constantly abused her the past month?

My kitten is 7 month old, and I... [Content Warning: Descriptions of animal abuse behind spoiler] Now she won't move around me, being highly cautious to every move and every sound. I feel so bad ...
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Is there a slope of ramps that a cat will walk down, instead of jumping down from a high landing?

Older cats gain bone and arthritis problems that are exacerbated by hard landings after a jump. We have an older cat in this place, and want to give them the best of both worlds: a multi-stage ...
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AKC Registered Bloodhound with one partially-white foot. Can she take Ivermectin-based heartworm medicine?

I have an AKC-registered Bloodhound with one front paw that is about half white. I mention her pedigree, because she doesn't have anything else in her, and I know that usually, when the admonition '...
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Can I use diluted essential oils to clean my house without causing harm to my cat?

I would like to add a few drops to the water I use to mop my floors but I'm not sure if it would be harmful to my cats. I don't plan on using it on their toys, just on the floors (they do lay on the ...
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What percentage of “lost” cats are actually eaten?

Cats are often allowed to roam outdoors unsupervised where a dog would not be. I recently saw a craigslist ad about a cat missing for 8 years. My boy has been missing almost 8 years now and were ...
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My puppy at some dish soap mixed with water, is she OK/ what should I do/ what will happen (symptoms)?

My puppy ate some dish soap mixed with water in the form of bubbles, is she ok or what are the symptoms of this?
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Is it healthy for newborn puppies to live on direct land?

My dog Jamie (no breed) had 4 puppies on July 8th. They haven't opened their eyes as of yet. Prior to this, Jamie dug a hole in the ground in the yard and there she gave birth to her puppies. While ...
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Our dog accidentally ate pimobendan

We have a dog who is on pimobendan, and our other dog who is about 13 pounds accidentally got .625 mg of it. Will he be okay??
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Pet-safe adhesive [duplicate]

I need to glue two cats together and... just kidding. I have a bunch of old cardboard boxes that I was thinking of slicing and making cat scratchers out of. I need to glue the cardboard together. It ...
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Cat has acute episodes of extreme ALT levels. Vet and we are at a loss as there's no obvious toxin access, looking for weird or uncommon ideas

We've been to a pretty good vet. We know the symptoms, but we just can't figure out what might be going on, or a cause. The vet says its serious and possibly life threatening, but he's at a loss what ...
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My cat loves coconut oil. Is it safe to give him some?

I use coconut oil to moisturize my skin everyday. If my cat happens to be around me by the time I'm using the coconut oil, he goes nuts and tries to lick it from the jar. Occasionally I give him just ...
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How do I deal with my cat puncturing my skin when I pick her up to cuddle her on my lap?

Just got a rescue cat (my avatar) in March. When I try to pick her up and cuddle her on my lap, she grips with her nails and causes puncture holes on my skin. How do I teach her not to do that? I cant ...
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How/why is Nonstick cookware fatal to birds

I was reading an answer and saw this comment, I have not heard about this before. Nonstick cookware must absolutely not be used as the fumes emitted are fatal to birds Source How or why does ...
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Plants suitable/safe for a hamster?

I am trying to create a 'natural' looking hamster cage. I want to create as much enrichment as I can by using rocks, moss, wood, leaves, sand, dirt and other elements that would be natural to a (dwarf)...
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Are vertical dog seat belts safe

I saw a video of a vertical dog seatbelt that led through to Zugo Pet at https://zugopet.com/ these things would clearly help in an accident and could stop the dog jumping around but can they ...
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Can my rabbit be harmed by e-coli on Lettuce?

House rabbits eat leafy green vegetables and they eat poop should I be concerned about warnings of e-coli on store bought leafy green vegetables?
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What are the potential risks (to the dog) from having a child ride it like a pony?

Important note - the dog is huge (Newfie-Bernese-Poodle) and the child is small (< 30 pounds). Also, the dog has a very mild temperament, is familiar with the child (same household,) and has proven ...
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Flea treatment toxicity when mixing flea treatment with shampoo?

I just bathed my dog with sergeants skip-flea & tick shampoo with 0.10% permethrin and 0.50% piperonyl butoxide, technical. My dad then proceeded to almost immediately after apply another flea ...
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The curious case of the cannabis cat?

I have a 7-year-old British shorthair cat that sleeps next to me every night. I vape cannabis oil as a sleep aid a few times a week, usually while reading or watching a movie just before sleep. I do ...
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Neutering incisions

My kitten just got neutered today and he has been bad about trying to lick his incision. I put a cone on him but he is able to pull it off. How easily is he able to ruin his incisions? He is on pain ...
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I don't feel like I'm enough for my cat

I got a cat as a birthday gift (I knew about her a few weeks beforehand so I could prepare) and when she got here she stayed in my room. Immediately she used the litter tray and ate. The problem is, ...
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Is it harmful to let cat groom synthetic fur toy?

I recently bought a key ring that has a long furry tail, presumably some kind of synthetic fur. My cat loves to groom it, but I'm worried he may get a hairball from licking it, and that might be more ...
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Livestock guardian dog

I've recently purchased an Anatolian Shepherd to protect our horses from local wild dogs. The dogs are cross bred between the Australian Dingo and local feral dogs (domesticated dogs gone bush). We ...
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A single parakeet and an older cat - good idea?

I have a single male 5 year old parakeet. He is very tame and friendly. I know he is unafraid of dogs, as I have had two wonder up to the cage and my bird has been very curious. In fact, I was more ...
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Cat Sub-Q Ringer's Solution: Not DPHV Free?

I received a donation or 4 bags of Hospira Brand Ringer's Solution (1000 ml each) and they say that they are not DPHV-free. My cat is in Stage 3 kidney disease. Is it too dangerous to trust this type ...
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How do I keep ferrets out of my aviary?

Is there a wire or something else that can be used to stop ferrets getting into aviaries? One ate my mum's owl over the weekend, and I want to keep them out so no one else gets eaten. (It could have ...
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I have had my bearded dragon for 5 years and dark patches appear now?

What does this mean please someone answer and I am so nervous and might freak out because I do not know what to do. I have looked multiple time to see if it was skin, but it was not. Also this just ...
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Is it safe to put a plant in a bird's cage?

I'd like to place a bird-safe plant (such as a spider plant) inside my conure's cage to give her the opportunity to hide among the leaves, since that's something she currently does with her toys. I'd ...
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How to prevent my cat from leaning down from balcony?

We live on 1st floor of a multi storey apartment. My cat's favorite time pass is to lean down from balcony and look at road. However it is extremely dangerous. If the street dogs get hold of her, they ...
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How dangerous are lemons for a cat?

My 6 month old cat licked at a lemon slice but is behaving normally. I've read on multiple websites that lemon is poisonous to cats (and dogs). However there are also some people that recommend to ...
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Is it safe for my cat to carry/jump around with heavy toys in her mouth?

I got this automated toy for my cats: https://www.amazon.com/SmartyKat-Hot-Pursuit-Concealed-Motion/dp/B06WP7F8YC My female cat really, really likes the toy. She grabs onto it and carries it around, ...
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Kitten eating clumping litter

I just got a new kitten, 7 weeks old. He has been in the house for about 2-3 days and has gone pee multiple times and pooped once. He is litter trained, but he has been chewing on litter. I am unsure ...
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Pulling my cat back to bed

My cat troubles at night she doesn't go to bed easily sometimes I carry her to her bed and she tries to run off I then pick her up again and bring her back, at this point when she tries to run off ...
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Can claw caps (like Softpaws) cause infections?

I heard someone assert that claw caps (like Softpaws) can cause infections, but I've used them for several years without any issue. What is the risk of infection? Are there any ways to eliminate/...
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Is it right to have puppies locked?

We found 4 orphaned puppies which are 1-2 month old. We built a small home for them with water inside it. During the time 9 pm- 7 am, no one can keep an eye on them and they wander around so we ...
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How high can an unprotected second level be in a hamster cage?

I have read that hamsters must be protected from injury due to accidental falls. I am starting to make DIY hamster toys out of cardboard, wood and Popsicle sticks. I know that my hamster can ...
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I have had a cottontail rabbit

I have had a cottontail rabbit since he was 2 weeks old, my dog had found the nest and killed all of them except him because I got to him in time. He is now 9 months old. I was wondering would he be ...
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What things can help keep stray dogs warm?

It is cold in India. Stray dogs literally shake while sleeping. I do not have enough blankets for them. What other things can Insulate cold air? Can paper do it? If not, what other things can be used? ...
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Can I install 'HoundHeater' against plastic FRP Wall Board?

I have a question that is pet adjacent and I figured some of you on here might have one of these for your pet and know the answer. I just purchased an Akoma Hound Heater Deluxe from amazon. I'm ...
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How to get son and dad to stop fighting?

I have 3 dogs. 2 blue nose pitts (both male) and a mini dotson (female). The mini was here first and then we got the oldest pitt. They are currently 3/4 years old and we've had them since 9 months. ...