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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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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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How to stop adopted stray/feral cat from scratching trees?

UPDATE: THANKYOU ALL FOR YOUR ADVICE! :) For those interested, I have an update. A vet friend advised me to print an SPCA temporary paper collar where you can write on it. So I wrote: "is this ...
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Is it safe to use ant traps if they're out of reach of my cats?

We have ants in our house, and nothing I've tried so far has been sufficiently successful. Now I'm considering using ant traps, but only under the kitchen cabinets behind the plinth, a place where ...
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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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Cat bath and its ears considerations

We have a lovely Persian cat which likes to go to our yard and sit outside. So we bath him almost every month; this time I was the one who bathed him, so I washed him by pouring water on his head ...
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Microscopic like bugs or parasites in my tank?

2 months ago, a friend gave me a plant (Anacharis or something) from her plastic guppy pond. It had algae and bugs, etc. but I just rinsed it in warm water a couple times, hoping that would be enough. ...
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How to get rid of worms in my tank?

I got worms in my tank now. The tank has got water in it, but no fish and the water has just been sitting. I've now got cyclops and weird worms. Are they deadly to fish? I meant to empty the tank and ...
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Is styptic powder OK to use after it gets damp?

After trimming my dogs' nails, I accidentally left the jar of styptic powder open overnight. During that time, it absorbed some water from the atmosphere so that the top layer is slightly damp and ...
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Is it healthy for dogs to wear clothes like humans can?

Is it healthy for dogs to wear clothes like humans can? I am concerned of an animals welfare when they are wearing clothes made for pets. If it is/isn't healthy what are the benefits and disadvantages/...
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Is Thermoplastic Rubber Food/Pet Safe? Confusions between TPR and TPE [migrated]

I'm not sure if this is the correct place to post this or if I should be posting at Crafts or Engineering, but since my primary concern is about the safety of its use for my dogs I will post here. I ...
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How long walking a cat is too long?

TL;DR: My cat ended up walking for 1.5 km almost daily. Is it too long? Due to some renovations in my apartment, I had to move to somewhere 1.5 km away only for two months. My cat, which was a stray ...
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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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Is it harmful to use a prong collar?

I asked this question Can check (choke) chains still be used to successfully train dogs? and wanted to address specifically the use of a prong collar. (image courtesy of Wikipedia) Is it harmful to ...
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My cat hates his collar. How to handle it?

My cat Shiloh HATES his collar. When I adopted him I was told I need to keep a collar on him, even though I will never let him go outside (I was further informed that even though he is an indoor cat ...
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How can I read lost dog's collar tag without it biting me?

I sometimes discover lost dogs on the street that have a collar with a tag with maybe a contact phone to reach their owner. Since I don't know their character or if something happened and scared them ...
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Are cat tracker devices too heavy to put on a cat's collar?

I'm looking into tracker devices for my cat. Something that I can put on it's collar to help track it down if it gets lost. My cat weights about 5kg. The tracker weighs about 10g. Is this too heavy ...
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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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Do cats need clothes?

Do cats need dressing clothes when weather is cold? If so, what is the temperature in which cats start to need clothes?
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Can I use polymerisation glue for acryl in aquarium water?

I created a protection for my filter entry with acryl and polymerisation glue Evonic Acrifix 1R 0192 in form of a cube. Can I use it in my aquarium (under water) without harming fish after drying it ...
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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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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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Can I add soda water to my tank to supply CO₂ for my plants?

I have some plants in my tropical aquarium. They're not doing too well. I suspect I may have a CO2 shortage. Can I add soda water to the tank? I've seen complicated setups for adding CO2 to water. ...
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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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Could my cat catch something from this oddly-acting mouse?

So this all started at one A.M., when I usually go down to get a cat to lay with me in bed. When I opened the door to let them in, I noticed that our oldest kitty had something in his mouth, so I went ...
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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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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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What is the safest way to find a missing snake?

What is the safest way to find missing snakes if they are loose in your house?
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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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How can I help hermit crabs survive their first molt?

I have tried to keep hermit crabs as pets at various times in my life, and each time the poor things have died during their first molting process. I know that they are incredibly vulnerable during ...
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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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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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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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Is it safe to take a small (such as a Robo or Chinese) hamster in airplane, or can they “explode”?

I am planning to fly from USA to Hong Kong and wanted to take my small Chinese hamster with me. My understanding is that a hamster would probably have to ride in the cargo hold with other animals (...
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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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Can I switch from using distilled water to tap water in aquarium?

I have always given my fish distilled water but I recently got a larger tank. Would it be dangerous to give them tap water with water conditioner in it, if I have been giving them distilled water?
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Pulling my cat back to bed

My cat has 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 which point she tries to run off ...
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My dog keeps biting his feet and now he is missing hair, his feet are red, and he has bumps

We had our dog for at least 2-3 years now, and he started doing this at least a year ago: When I last took him to the vet, they just assumed irritation and that’s it. I’m getting so scared and ...
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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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How should I dispose of a dead fish's body?

One of my neighbor's fish coincidentally died during the time I was caring for them. I immediately removed it from the fish tank, but I didn't know what to do with it. Flushing a pet down the toilet ...
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Neutering incisions in cat

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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My cat will only play with silicone earplugs, which is concerning. How do I fix that?

My 3 year old neutered female cat has gone mental on playing with silicone earplugs. They are small, chewy, yellow things you put in your ears to block out noise. My cat thinks they are THE BEST ...
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My tap water is contaminated by the chemical (MCHM) leak, what do I use for water changes?

I'm in the 'Do Not Use' zone of West Virginia, so I'm affected by the MCHM CHEMICAL Leak and need to do a partial water change on a freshwater tank. Some of my fish are 16+ years old, and I don't ...
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Is filtered water healthy for dogs?

Is filtered water (Brita filters, etc.) healthy for dogs? If so, what are the risks? I know that some owners give their dogs unfiltered water, e.g. from the sink. I was also going to give my dog some ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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