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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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Can a red belly black snake kill a horse? How would I know if my horse has been bitten?

My horse was eating and jumped back from her feed bowl and wouldn't go back to it. I thought she may have been stung by the electric fence, but thought that was strange as she was well aware of how to ...
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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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If I boil tap water will it be safe for my iguana would that clear the chlorine oxide out of it

I would like to know if boiling my tap water would clean it for my iguanas
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How clean are pets?

I am troubled and afraid of pets because of hygiene reasons but almost everyone is telling me I should not consider hygiene as a reason to avoid them and be appalled. I am a person that loves hygiene....
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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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My hamster ate a bit of chocolate ice cream

I have a pet hamster. I had previously stepped on some chocolate ice cream. As I was letting my hamster run around my room, she stopped and licked the spot of chocolate ice cream on my sock. Just one ...
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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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How to rescue cat from high perch

I have two cats that can't seem to come down from their high (around 20' or 6m) perches inside a wooden barn. How can I get them down? The frame of the barn consists of large (around 12x12 inch or ...
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Parasitic worm from dog?

Last evening I found two small white worms crawling frantically across my white comforter on my bed attempting to burrow into it.. this after my roommate’s dog slept on my bed leaving copious amounts ...
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Can a bunny register the dangers of falling?

I live in a two-floor apartment and I'm trying to free roam my bunny. However, our stairs spiral upwards and have minimum railing (only 4 horizontal poles), so it would be easy for a rabbit to fall ...
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Is there a dog safe method for tanning animal hides? [closed]

I am getting back into hunting. Mainly as a way to more ethically source meat, my dogs love antlers too. I imagine they will love animal pelts/hides as well (which is my worry). I will be hunting elk ...
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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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Can a stray kitten eat eggs?

I have many stray cats around, and there's this stray kitten I am feeding whenever I can. Is it safe to feed her boiled eggs a few times a week?
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How to make my parakeets not afraid of me?

Couple months ago I bought two parakeets from the local pet store. I got them a cage, and for thew first few weeks they were afraid of me, but sometimes would jump on my finger (only to fly away when ...
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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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Why did my cat attack my eyeball when I was sleeping? [duplicate]

I have a nine-year-old cat who sleeps next to my pillow every night since he was a kitten. Last night, he attacked my right eye when we were sleeping. He then went on to sleep. I was lucky, my ...
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Chopped a lemon then rubbed my cat, am worried [duplicate]

I basically need someone to talk some sense into me. I chopped half a lemon, wiped my hands and then about five minutes later rubbed my cat's stomach. He was just grooming his stomach there. Could he ...
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Can I bathe my cockatoo with Dettol solution?

Of course I'm not talking about an equal mixture of water and Dettol, just a cap full into the bucket. That's how I do it with my dogs and they've never had a problem. Speaking of dogs, I don't have ...
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Preventing hens from eating plants

My neighbor's hens always nibble of our flowering plants and herbs. We've tried fencing and everything yet they still somehow manage to get to the plants. Is there some way to prevent them from eating ...
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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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My yellow rat snake was eaten by a live pet mouse!

I had a yellow rat snake, we fed it a live mouse only the mouse turned round and ate the snake! Obviously killing the snake. Why did this happen? I have an albino corn snake now and will only feed ...
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How to ensure that my cat always remains indoor, no matter what?

The area where I live is extremely lethal for a domestic cat. There are scorpions, tarantulas, poisonous snakes, dogs, foxes, eagles, vultures, larger wild cat species, and even sometimes leopards. My ...
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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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My husband built a 98 gallon (370 L) fish tank. Is it normal for it to make a chirping noise?

My husband built his own fish tank via sealing it himself and building the frame. Should it make a chirping noise all of a sudden?
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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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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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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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Taking a new puppy out

I really need some advice please. I am picking up a French bull dog puppy a few days before Christmas. The day after I pick her up, I have to go to family's house for a family meal, which is about 90 ...
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Would my dog want to harm my guinea pig?

I let my guinea pigs run around my room a little bit, and normally my dog will walk in the midst of them playing. I would expect it to be a cute little duo, but I am afraid that my dog may be a ...
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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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Is it safe for my puppy to sleep in my bed?

He is 14 weeks old and was diagnosed with tapeworms four days ago. The doctor prescribed 1/2 tablet for a one time consumption. He is doing well and full of energy. I have been checking his bowels and ...
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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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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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Changing Hamster Food

I recently hit the bottom of my bag of hamster food and ran to the store to get another bag. After searching the shelves I learned that they may not carry the kind I previously used, and because I had ...
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What to do with a bonded domestic rabbit and a cottontail

Last summer my one of my female rabbits bonded with a male cottontail rabbit. Before I was able to catch her, they would hand out nightly in the neighbors driveway. This went on for a few months. I ...
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Are rodent repellent devices safe for snakes?

We have young curious large breed dogs who make using mouse traps and poison difficult and/or dangerous. We also have a ball python who lives in his terrarium, not free roaming. All information I ...
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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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Is there a slope of ramps that a cat will walk down, instead of jumping down from a high landing?

Older cats gain bone and arthritis problems that are exacerbated by hard landings after a jump. We have an older cat in this place, and want to give them the best of both worlds: a multi-stage ...
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AKC Registered Bloodhound with one partially-white foot. Can she take Ivermectin-based heartworm medicine?

I have an AKC-registered Bloodhound with one front paw that is about half white. I mention her pedigree, because she doesn't have anything else in her, and I know that usually, when the admonition '...
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Can I use diluted essential oils to clean my house without causing harm to my cat?

I would like to add a few drops to the water I use to mop my floors but I'm not sure if it would be harmful to my cats. I don't plan on using it on their toys, just on the floors (they do lay on the ...
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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 domestic rabbits carry diseases if left outdoors for too long then brought in?

I have a domestic rabbit that we have raised - we have a large, gated backyard. He has since lived in the backyard for months, somewhat free. We feed him daily. He has become hard to catch. I bathed ...
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My puppy at some dish soap mixed with water, is she OK/ what should I do/ what will happen (symptoms)?

My puppy ate some dish soap mixed with water in the form of bubbles, is she ok or what are the symptoms of this?
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What could happen if my 3 year old boxer does not reproduce?

I have a 3 year old male boxer and, as for now, I still have not found him a partner to reproduce with. Could there be negative consequences of it? What is the upper limit of time duration of the ...
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Is this DIY doggy bath wipe safe?

My friend babysat my 6 month old bulldog puppy and used a DIY dog bath wipes. The recipe was 2 to 3 cups of water, 1 tablespoon of "my pet's friend" oatmeal enhanced deodorizing shampoo, 1/4 ...
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Is it healthy for newborn puppies to live on direct land?

My dog Jamie (no breed) had 4 puppies on July 8th. They haven't opened their eyes as of yet. Prior to this, Jamie dug a hole in the ground in the yard and there she gave birth to her puppies. While ...
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Our dog accidentally ate pimobendan

We have a dog who is on pimobendan, and our other dog who weighs about 13 pounds (5.9 kg) accidentally got 0.625 mg of it. Will he be okay?
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Cat has acute episodes of extreme ALT levels. Vet and we are at a loss as there's no obvious toxin access, looking for weird or uncommon ideas

We've been to a pretty good vet. We know the symptoms, but we just can't figure out what might be going on, or a cause. The vet says its serious and possibly life threatening, but he's at a loss what ...
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My cat loves coconut oil. Is it safe to give him some?

I use coconut oil to moisturize my skin everyday. If my cat happens to be around me by the time I'm using the coconut oil, he goes nuts and tries to lick it from the jar. Occasionally I give him just ...
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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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