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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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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 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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Make wires unpalatable?

My bunny is about 6 months old and he's getting much more bold and playful lately. Previously he mostly ate, slept, and eliminated, saving his energy for the daily walk outdoors. He's very mild-...
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Is superglue safe for gluing nail caps onto cat claws?

We use nail caps on two of our four cats (not always the name brand, just whatever is cheapest usually). The glue that comes with the package seems a lot like super glue (it gets on our fingers "...
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Protection of neighbours from dangerous dogs

My neighbour has 2 large Rottweilers. When these dogs jump up & stand on the wall, they stand at the height of the wall. Their property is lower than ours. We have had a previous incident of ...
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Is plywood bad for any small caged pets?

I'm going to be building some wooden toys/houses/things for Degus, Rabbits and Guinea Pigs, who will inevitably chew on them. (Not in the same cage.) Are there any kinds of plywood types or brands ...
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Are retractable leashes hazardous enough to prohibit use if used responsibly by the pet owner?

Are there any dangers that a user of retractable leashes should know about that don't involve misuse by the owner and/or can't be prevented by responsible owner use? I've heard plenty of horror ...
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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 ...
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What indicators show a rat is healthy prior to purchasing it as a pet?

In 2013, a boy was tragically killed from rat-bite fever, which a lawsuit states was contracted from a pet rat he had been given 2 weeks prior. The rat had been purchased from a pet store; in this ...
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Are these ivy berries poisonous to my guinea pig?

The ivy(?) bush in the garden has some black berries on it, are they safe for Guinea Pigs?
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Is PVA glue safe to use in my leopard gecko's enclosure?

I'm building my gecko a new moist hide, since I didn't like the shop-bought ones very much. Without going into all the details, the lid consists of two thin, flat pieces of wood I have shaped and now ...
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Hygiene practices for working in a cat breeder

My wife is thinking of working in a breeder but we have a cat at home. They have lost cats to sickness. They have alcohol gels for hands and shoes but is there information from a reputable ...
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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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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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Is it OK to crate my new dog at night while my old dog roams the house?

We adopted a dog almost three years ago from our local shelter. He is an amazing dog with tons of energy. We've been thinking about getting a companion dog for him for some time. Today, we finally ...
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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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How can I train a dog to reliably stay off the road?

I am brought here by the fact that I have recently lost a dog to an eighteen wheeler in front of my house. She was an English Golden Retriever puppy, named Ellie, with champion bloodlines, going on a ...
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Why are there specific prejudices or laws against pitbulls?

Why are there laws regulating the ownership of pitbulls but not, at least obviously, for other dogs? For example: Some places will ban the ownership of pitbulls entirely, while others require them to ...
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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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Robotic pets included, what options are there for a cubicle pet? [closed]

Note: I am intentionally using 'pet' a little bit elastically here. I'd like to have a preferably furry office pet without cruelty. It would be nice to know I could have a hamster, but that bears at ...
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Can I contract rabbit fever (tularemia) from my pet rabbit?

If my pet rabbit lives inside, can I contract rabbit fever from it? I would think that if it never goes outside, there would be no chance for it to become infected. However, if I take the rabbit ...
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When walking my dog at night, how can I improve his visibility to others?

I have a young puppy and I'm now walking him with a simple collar at night. I want to improve his visibility to others. I've recently added a flashing light (see picture). What other tools/...
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How do I stop cats from jumping and climbing on a balcony net?

I live on an upstairs floor and have a big balcony. To protect my cats from jumping off the balcony, I've put on a net around the whole balcony, but the cats jump on the net and climb to the top. ...
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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 should I do to know that my dog will be safe if I go on vacation

What should I do to know that my dog will be safe if I go on vacation? Sometimes I go on vacation and I leave my dog at home. What should I do so they will be safe and not scared? On New Year's there ...
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How would I deal with a choking cat?

Can someone describe the technique for dealing with a cat that is choking? I just want to know in case my cat ever gets something stuck in its throat. Is it similar to CPR?
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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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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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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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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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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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How can I tell when it's time to stop playing?

I have a Border Collie that fetches things like it's his job. If he brings me something to throw and I don't do so promptly, he will start to get pushy and let me know that I need to stop being lazy ...

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