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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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How long can a healthy cat go without food?

I am trying to change the kind of food my cat is getting, and he is refusing to eat it. He is completely healthy, he passed his last annual physical without issue. If I give him some of the old ...
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Can I release my pet rabbit in the wild?

I am aware the issues surrounding feral cats and I would never consider turning a dog loose to fend for it's self. But rabbits are not predators so would seem unlikely to have a negative impact on ...
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Will owls attack small dogs?

Over the past week I have noticed an owl hunting in our neighborhood at night. I have seen the owl in some of the trees in our yard. I haven't seen the owl well enough to determine what kind it is, ...
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Can house rabbits have free access to the whole house all the time?

I am thinking about getting a rabbit and during my research I learned about bunny proofing, litter boxes, and have heard about cages for the bunnies and that they need to room to run. There seems to ...
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How do you bunny proof behind the couch?

We have a couch sitting in front of a living room window, with curtains behind it, and the plug for the lamp right in the middle. In my experience, if a bunny has a dark safe place, it is likely to ...
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Is it ok to pick my adult cat up by the scruff of the neck?

We have a 18 month old male, neutered cat. (His full name is Mr Sid Cuffuffle- Sid to his friends - no lie!) A mother cat carries her kittens by the scruff of the neck, as the skin is very loose. I ...
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Is tap water safe for reptiles?

Is it okay to give my reptile a bowl of tap water to drink from and bathe/swim in? Or is there something wrong with tap water that I should avoid?
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What are the pet health concerns with using diatomaceous earth as an insecticide?

A couple of answers (1, 2) on flea treatments have suggested the user of diatomaceous earth (DE) for flea control. I have heard there are possible health concerns for my pet. Is there any evidence ...
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Can I use human medicine on dogs?

Sometimes our doctor advises us to use to use human medicines for our dogs. For example, when my sister's Labrador was small, the doctor advised us to administer children's syrup for stomach disorder. ...
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How to stop cat from going to a risky area

A year ago, my cat had broken her leg (two compound fractures) after she fell off the balcony (7 stories). Miraculously she survived and lived two months with a bandage. Me and my girlfriend were ...
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Preventing dog from going to highway

My parents have two dogs. The smaller of the two is used to roaming free, coming back to the yard whenever she feels like it. She's been known to wander several kilometers and then coming back to the ...
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Why all the safety concerns regarding topical flea products?

I don't use topical flea products on my cats or dogs. I worry about using a pesticide that is absorbed systemically. This is just my own personal concerns and not intended to alarm people. I was ...
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What are the risks of leaving a dog unattended in the car?

I see a fair number of people in my area leaving their dogs in the car while they eat at a restaurant. This doesn't strike me as a particularly safe or healthy practice. Aside from expected ...
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Can furry pets get sunburn?

If my pet is outside do I need to be concerned about sunburn? Does their fur protect them, if so what about exposed areas, like nose and inside ears.
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What is the safest position for a pet carrier in a car?

The pet carriers we have come with loops in the top so you can use the seat belt to hold the carrier in place. This seems like a great idea, but I think front and/or rear impact accidents are most ...
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Calming down feral cat to take to vet?

There's a feral cat in our house that's always fighting with other feral cats. He's a really nice cat, but he's a big adult street cat and I know he won't let me pick him up. What can I give this cat ...
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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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How can I keep my cat from climbing on my desk?

My cat loves to climb on my desk at home. Problem is, he is constantly knocking things off (he broke a cup and a couple other things this week), and messing up stuff on my desk, bumping my monitors, ...
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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 can I keep my cats safe in my car?

When transporting one cat I put the carrier on the passenger seat (with the front grill facing me). When transporting both, somebody gets the back seat (with the carrier similarly facing the center ...
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How can I tell the difference between play and aggression at the dog park?

I have heard some real horror stories about taking dogs to the dog park. Too many owners just let their dogs run unsupervised, and many people seem unable to distinguish dog-on-dog play from dog-on-...
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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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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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How can cat owners protect cats from secondary poisoning from rodenticides?

Modern rodenticides are specially designed chemicals that cause vermin death by altering vermin's metabolism. One often used group of such chemicals is called anticoagulants. No symptoms are ...
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Are chicken bones dangerous for dogs?

I often heard that chicken bones are dangerous for dogs as they may break, splinter and damage the internal organs. Is there any truth to this claim?
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How can I prevent a neighborhood tomcat from harassing my neutered female cat when she goes outside?

We live in a fairly agricultural area, so we don't keep a litter box. My 2-year-old female cat goes outside to play and do her business. She was spayed at around 7 months old, but the large ...
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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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Should I worry about my cat jumping out the window?

I just bought a cat and live on the 14th floor of my building, and I realized that he doesn't have any fear of heights like dogs do. I am really afraid that he might jump from a window. I did some ...
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How can I prevent my ferrets from chewing on wires?

Ferrets tend to have a thing for chewing wires and all sorts of rubbery things. Swallowing pieces of this indigestible material can result in expensive surgeries to remove the foreign object or death. ...
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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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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 can I safely trim matted cat fur?

Regarding What causes fur clumps on my cat's back, and how can I prevent them? , some severe cases of matted fur need to be removed through cutting or shaving. As an electric shaver might spook ...
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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 to use topical products containing tea tree oil on my cat?

Because of it's popularity in treating human skin conditions, tea tree oil has started showing up in pet shampoos and other topical products. I've been told that tea tree oil is toxic to pets. Can I ...
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Can I use vitamin pills meant for humans in home-cooked meals for my cats?

I am researching on home-cooked meals for my cats and all the articles I've came across emphasize the importance of adding additional vitamin supplements into the meal but they did not mentioned ...
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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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Will my hamster take damage if I film him with an active IR camera?

I'm currently using my Raspberry Pi combined with a NoIR camera module as a camera to livestream my hamster's home to my mobile phone. Now, the IR-camera itself does not output any good pictures at ...
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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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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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What can I do to prevent/educate a kitten from chewing wires?

I just got my first kitten 2 weeks ago. She is 14 weeks old and likes to chew everything. I bought a couple of toys and she seems to enjoy them very much. But as soon as she gets access to some kind ...
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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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How can I identify and get more information about poisoned jerky treats?

Over the last few years, I've heard from the news that jerky treats are poisoning pet dogs and cats. Even today (October 23rd, 2013), I'm hearing about it on the news. I am concerned; what is going ...
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How should I refresh an overheated cat or prevent him from overheating in the first place?

My cat appears to overheat during a day in the outdoors. What can I do to help him stay refreshed and stay cooled down?
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Are there health risks to leaving a dead fish in the aquarium?

Sometimes one fish dies, without any apparent disease. In previous aquariums I would always remove them as fast as I could. Now my aquarium is a bit bigger, and I have some laziness to remove those ...
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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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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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How can I transport my rabbit using a bicycle?

I need to take my pet rabbit to the vet to get her spayed, but my main method of transportation is biking. How can I bring my rabbit on the bicycle without scaring her to death? Would she be okay in a ...
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What common house/garden plants are dangerous to dogs and why?

What common house/garden plants, if any, are dangerous to dogs and why are they? Are some potentially fatal?
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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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Why do cats lick plastic bags, and is there any harm in it?

Most of my cats (past and present) have liked to lick plastic trash bags and grocery bags. Assuming that they are not tearing off bits of plastic and swallowing them, but just licking, is there any ...