Questions tagged [safety]

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

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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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Why are so many horses put down when they break their leg?

It seems to be a common, and to me upsetting, theme that if a horse breaks its leg it gets put down but this doesn't hold true for some other animals. For example, if a dog or cat breaks its leg the ...
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What temperature would be best for my Labrador dog?

I have a female Labrador dog, about 2-3 years old and weighing 25 kg (55 lbs), with a light coat. Her dog house is outside, but she's inside the whole day. Where I live, in the daytime it is 20-23 ...
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My filter went out, will betta fish survive the night in a cup?

My 2.5 gallon tank filter went out, so I had to put my betta fish in a cup for the night until the store opens. Will he live when his filter went out over night?
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How to move cichlid/sucker fish for rehoming?

I am a science teacher who inherited many class pets when my predecessor left. He made absolutely no plans for these critters, and now I feel horribly because with the COVID school closures I am ...
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Can a wild female rabbit be spayed?

I have a five-months-old wild European rabbit. She was rescued by a colleague from a cat's mouth. She binkys every night and roams freely. She has bonded with me and jumps on me all the time. I'm ...
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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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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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Can I permanently leave my cat in an outdoor enclosure?

I've just needed to bring 2 of my kitty's that were being fostered back home. My home also has 2 fully grown Rottweilers, so I needed to create an outdoor enclosure for them that keeps them safe ...
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Is it dangerous if cat eats food meant for bearded dragon?

I had my bearded dragon out of his enclosure and my cat likes to crawl in there if I leave the door open. Last time she got in there when I had the dragon out, she chowed down on some of his food. I ...
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Is it safe to cook and eat raw meat that a stray cat was eating? [closed]

If a stray cat is eating raw hamburger meat, can I still cook and eat it afterwards? Would it be safe, considering that the stray cat was eating from it?
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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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Does my dog need boots for winter?

Winter will be early in my country this year. I have Labrador that is going to be one year old by then. And during extreme cold, temperature may fall below 10 degrees Celsius, but no snowing. I have ...
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My dog ate small beef pieces that were cooked with onions. Is he poisoned?

My dog ate small pieces of beef that had been cooked with onions (seasoned) when I looked away from my kitchen table. He's a small poodle (~ 5 kg), body length is around 50 cm, give or take. I'm ...
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Is it safe to catch and move hibernating fish?

I have about 50 mixed types of goldfish and koi in an outdoor pond. I want to remodel the pond, expanding it to double the volume of water. I will relocate them temporarily to a 2000 gallon (7600 ...
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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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Can a hamster run around a room instead of having a wheel?

A hamster needs to run to stay healthy and happy. I am wondering, if a hamster was given a large enclosure (like the size of a room that is 300-400 square feet / 28-37 square meters), would the ...
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What can I put around the doorknob to keep the dog from scratching the door?

We moved into a new apartment with a wood stained door. The dog misses us when we leave and sometimes jumps up and scratches around the doorknob, trying to get it to open. It has scratched the door ...
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Camping with two puppies in December

I like camping, and I am seriously considering winter camping with my puppies, weather allowing. I am not concerned about mysef in the least as I've slept comfortably multiple times around -9 °C (15 °...
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Can I use a human grade bug repellent for my dog?

I have a Xoloitzcuintle (Mexican hairless) and this time of the year in my part of the world, bugs really start to attack him. As far as I know there are no commercial bug repellents for dogs, hence ...
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Can I feed very soft cooked bones to cats and dogs?

I sometimes cook chicken broth in my Instant Pot (electric pressure cooker), using chicken carcasses from free range birds. Yesterday I was picking the cooked meat (aka pet treats or diet food) from ...
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Feeding 25-day-old kittens with buffalo's milk in addition to mother's milk

My parents and sister are giving buffalo's milk to 25 days old kittens, even when we have the mother cat to feed them. It's like just some moments ago the mother cat was with her kittens in her bed, ...
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Will shubunkin and other fancy goldfish eat smaller fish in a pond?

I am building a 20,000 gallon (76,000 liters) backyard pond for some shubunkins and other fancy goldfish that have outgrown their aquarium. Our climate is such that the pond will only freeze ...
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Are store-bought biscuits harmful for dogs?

I have a lot of stray dogs in my street. I would like to give them something to eat everyday. I don't have a lot of money (as I am a student), so giving them dog food is not possible. My questions are ...
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Should I get a wire cage with a pullout bottom for my guinea pig or a solid bottom?

My mom and I are arguing about a cage for a Guinea Pig. She wants to get a wire cage with a slide out tray because she said it would be less expensive and less stinky. I didn't want to do that because ...
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How long can a dog stay outside on a 95 °F (35 °C) day safely?

How long could you keep a medium sized, brown, healthy, 2 years old dog outside in full sun without water on a 95 °F (35 °C) day without risking sunburn/heatstroke/etc.? Clarify from comment posted ...
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Are bells on collars harmful to cats?

I was on Facebook and saw this image, and I'm wondering if the statement is true or not. From Google translator: Collar with a bell? Better not use! Your kitten has rattle on a leash? Due to the ...
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How to stop my cats from climbing on the window and door nets?

I have four kittens (4 months old) in my yard. They are really lovely, but very mischievous. About two days ago or so, they started to climb on the door nets to use it as a scratcher post. They are ...
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Prevent cat from falling from second story, indoors

I know there are similar questions here, but I think this one is a little different and I need an answer somewhat urgently. My house is two-story, with an upstairs living room overlooking the first ...
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Filtered water for my fish tank

My kitchen tap is filtered with a Pentek 20 micron filter which reduces chlorine taste and odor (completely removes chlorine taste); it is a granular activated carbon filter. My question is, can I use ...
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Authoritative resource for toxic foods for rats

Is there any authoritative resource for what foods are toxic for what animals? I'm getting conflicting information from around the web. In this case, I'm specifically interested in rats.
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Is using fertilizer in my cat grass bed safe for pets?

I have a lifted cat grass bed that I grow on my porch. The neighborhood cats are frequently in it, which I encourage and don't mind but it was not my intention in growing it. I feed it to my cockatiel ...
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Aggressive dog needs insulin

How do I give my rat terrier insulin by myself? He thinks he’s a pitbull. He gets aggressive when you try to do something he doesn’t like. Any advice? I really need help.
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Air travel with pet budgie

It was suggested to me to also post this question here, originally posted here: https://travel.stackexchange.com/questions/145509/air-travel-with-pet-budgie I was wondering if anyone has experience ...
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How can I decipher how aggressive my Betta is?

I am thinking of adding tank mates to my tank environment. I already have a Betta fish, and am thinking of adding a few more different types of fish like Neon Tetras. However, after reading the ...
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What wormers are safe for pregnant mares?

I have purchased a pregnant mare - she has 3 months to go. I'm wondering what wormers are safe to use in pregnancy. I will also check with my equine vet. Picture for the interested. I haven't received ...
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Can horses eat bread?

A recent question, sparked my interest. I have heard that too much grain is bad for horses, and I have heard that bread is bad for many animals. Are there any health concerns with feeding bread to ...

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