Questions tagged [safety]

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

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How to make sure dog doesn't tear stitches in paw?

My dog stepped on something and now has a pretty nasty cut on the back paw pad. Got stitches there. Now for the next 10 days I need to keep her very calm both indoors and outdoors, so that it could ...
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My dog ate a cricket, is that bad?

My dog is a cross between labrador and retriever and I estimate he weighs around 40 kgs and he's 1 year and 9 months old. My dog loves chasing crickets, especially because they jump, and in end, he ...
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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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Microscopic like bugs or parasites in my tank?

2 months ago, a friend gave me a plant (Anacharis or some thing) 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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Is there a safe dose of vitamin D to give a cat?

I know that too much vitamin D (fat soluble) can cause toxicity in cats, but how much is too much? The reason I asked this is - When I open my vitamin D bottle, because I take it, my kitty goes "...
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Are Koi Safe in the Summer?

I currently have two young koi fish, and they need a bigger pond. My dad and I are planning on making one in our backyard, but it gets incredibly hot in the summer. Is this dangerous to the koi, and ...
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Why does my male dog (Husky) lick my female (Chihuahua) dog's pee? [duplicate]

Why does my male Husky dog of two years follow my female Chihuahua dog of fourteen years when she goes to the bathroom, and when she pees he licks her urine right after?
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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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How do I make sure my fish tank is safe after my apartment has been fumigated?

I just received notice that my apartment is getting bug-bombed this weekend. I'll have to move all my animals out of the apartment for the day while the gas dissipates, but my fish are in a 55 gallon (...
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Can WiFi be harmful for my budgerigar family?

My budgie pair is all ready for breeding. But for the last 2 months I've been using WiFi throughout my home. Now I'm worried if WiFi radiation will lead newly hatched babies to death, or if there will ...
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Need recommendation of name of human lotion or cream that is safe for cats to lick!

I have a cat who loves to kiss me by licking my hands, arms, face when I am near or petting her. I am wondering if anyone has heard of a human hand or body lotion that is safe for cats to lick? My ...
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Is there a way of getting rid of ants that's safe for my cats?

We had ants last summer. They came in through the kitchen and a wall near the kitchen. We caulked it up so they couldn't get in, and the problem was solved. This summer, we've had ants again. They ...
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Can you use super glue on outside of fish tank?

Trim of my fish tank is leaking. Can you use super glue on outside of fish tank?
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Are rawhide bones or natural raw bones potentially dangerous for a dog?

Chewing can be a very rewarding activity for dogs and it also provides mental stimulation and helps clean their teeth. So I'm planning to give a bone to my dog from time to time, to keep him busy, but ...
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Povidone iodine for fish Mycobacterium?

I may have rescued a betta that has Mycobacterium. He is currently in a clear plastic tote in 1 gallon water. I feel so bad for him, that I want to move him to a 5 gallon tank. While I researched ...
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Is it safe for a dog to drink water from a stream?

We have a small stream that cuts through our yard. The dog enjoys drinking from it frequently, even when he has a source of fresh water (from the kitchen sink) nearby. Is it safe? If not, is there a ...
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Will my neutered male hurt my female cats kittens? [duplicate]

My female cat is pregnant; I also own a neutered male cat. My question is: will the kittens be safe around him or should I keep him away from them?
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What kind of paint is safe to use on a bird cage?

My bird's cage is starting to show its age a bit and could use a fresh paint job. I've heard that you have to be careful with the type of paint you use, since birds will pick at the bars of their cage....
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An exterminator is coming to my apartment. Should I do anything with my bird?

An exterminator is coming to treat my apartment. I will not need to leave for the treatment (ie it is not being fumigated). Should I remove my bird from the premises while this is happening? If so, ...
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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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Semi-feral cat broke a tooth. Should I give her aspirin?

There is a semi-feral cat that lives, by all indications happily, in my yard. I feed her mainly dry food and sometimes treats. Today I went to get the food bowl and there was blood on the rim and then ...
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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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I got scratched by a feral cat. Should I see a doctor?

I'm house sitting for a family that has several cats and dogs, and today while letting one of the inside/outside cats inside, a feral cat jumped out from where "my" cat was sitting and ...
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How to test if fish tank will break and flood my house?

So in my city every year we have the council organised collection of large items for disposal, where people put the items out on the kerbside for collection. Mostly it really is just garbage, however ...
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How can I clean the shell of my tortoise?

The top and bottom of my tortoise's shell tend to get messy from wet substrate, waste, etc. How can I safely clean the shell, without damaging it in any way?
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How do I prepare store-bought plants for use in a terrarium?

I've recently adopted a pair of American tree frogs, and have set up a terrarium for them. I purchased some plants for the terrarium from a local garden center, and while the species of plants are ...
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Cat exposed to sewer waste, does it need antibiotic?

So we recently had sewer backup in our basement. It happened from the surge from outside and was not something we could have prevented or controlled. By the time we got back home and discovered it, ...
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A cricket has taken a chunk out of my gecko's tail. What should I do?

As it turns out, I had way too many crickets in my gecko's terrarium and one of them had been eating away at her tail. It was just a little off the tip and I've taken the crickets out and I'll be hand ...
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What risk is given if I feed my rabbit pellets?

In the pet shops I have seen a lot of various pellets as rabbit food. If there is so much it must be a good food, isn't it? What is the risk in feeding pellets?
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Toy suggestion for dog that tears apart fabric/rope toys

I have a Rhodesian ridgeback/boxer mix and he loves to tear apart toys. He'll hold the toy in his paws and rip them apart using his front teeth. However, I don't want him eating stuff like rope ...
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I was bitten by a kitten not even a month old, what should I do?

I was bitten by not even a month old kitten which is a stray; this happened when I was trying to help it get to it's mom. The bite is not deep and is very shallow, it's like very small dots. What ...
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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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Should I be concerned that my puppy is chewing on fallen leaves?

I have two 13 week old puppies who have a playpen that is partially shaded by a star magnolia tree. Winter is coming and the tree is starting to lose its leaves. I sometimes see the puppies chewing on ...
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Dog hanging out outside

My Croatian Shepherd mix likes to go out in the balcony and sleep there during the day. Right now we have 28 degrees Fahrenheit (-2 Celsius). If he's outside, can I assume, it's ok for him? It's my ...
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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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How long can I use dry shampoo for cats after it expired?

I found some dry shampoo in my bathroom and I thought my mom bought it when she went to the grocery store last week. However, after I used it on my sister's cat I noticed it expired 12 years ago and I ...
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My dog killed a rabbit, should I get a bunny? [duplicate]

My 11 year old daughter really wants a bunny, but in the past our dog has killed a wild rabbit. Does this make my dog more prone to killing a bunny? I don’t know how to prevent my dog from doing it; ...
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Will my cat be okay eating food that might be dirty?

Our full container of cat food got knocked over and we had to spend ages getting it all back in. After doing this, I see there’s hair/fluff/etc. I’ve tried to take bits out, but I’m worried if she ...
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Is it safe to put lavender oil on my dog's skin? If so, how should I dilute it?

Is it safe to put lavender oil on my dog's skin? If so, please tell me the best way to dilute it to help fight fleas. I use advantage plus and want something extra and heard it repels fleas.
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Dog with leg wound escapes cone and bites leg

Our dog has a wound in the right front leg (nothing severe). In order to treat it, a cone of shame (normal plastic one) is being used, together with a specific spray. For reference, the cone looks ...
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Can a cat cut its tongue on an open food can's edge?

It would be really convenient and save money, to let my cat "Mucca" clean her wet cat food cans with her tongue - but I'm afraid she might [at least eventually] cut her tongue on the edge of ...
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What could be the impact of unwashed aquarium sand?

I got lazy and didn't clean my aquarium sand, what bad can happen? This is what I used gravel link on Amazon. So far everything is good.
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My dog eats dirt from weird places then throws up

Recently, my female dog gave birth to a pup, which is about one and half to two months old by now. Every morning I take him on a walk near the neighborhood to get him acquainted with smells. However, ...
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What are the signs that my cat is not happy playing with my toddler son?

My cat (Fluffy) has his own territory of raised platform with good window viewing, plus many other areas where my 2 year old son (Hugo) has generally restricted access or not permitted. Fluffy is a 5 ...
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Should a puppy with its first vaccinations meet a dog that’s not fully vaccinated?

All in the title, really. Over Christmas, my puppy will have had his first vaccination. I want to bring him to see family over this time, but a dog he will meet hasn’t had yearly boosters, only her ...
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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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non-gmo / gmo-free corn cob bedding for parrots & other animals? (in the US)

Hello dear animal friends! Every time I sign up for auto-ship corn cob through chewy.com I get less than a year before that particular brand/product is slashed from their catalog! Anyway, I started a ...
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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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Is Zinc Gluconate safe for dogs to consume?

I have been researching a good toothpaste/dental gel to use on dogs to clean their teeth and one I liked the look of was one called Maxi/Guard OraZn or the stronger strength MAXI/GUARD Oral Cleansing ...
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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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