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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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Do cats need clothes?

Do cats need dressing clothes when weather is cold? If so, what is the temperature in which cats start to need clothes?
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My kitten ate a coffee bean

We realized our kitten got a coffee bean quite a while ago and it's not exhibiting any weird symptoms that we can realize. Should we worry?
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Can I feed a dog cooked meat or fish that is a week old?

Sometimes I have cooked meat or fish in my refrigerator that is a week old. Is this food safe to feed to a dog without reheating? Is it safe to feed to a dog after reheating?
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Cat holding baby's stuff hostage, but cat's demands cannot be met

We've had this cat for almost 4 years. She's peed on stuff only when obviously mad at us, until about a year after we brought a baby into our lives. The problem is the baby loves to interact with the ...
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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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How do I deal with my cat puncturing my skin when I pick her up to cuddle her on my lap?

Just got a rescue cat (my avatar) in March. When I try to pick her up and cuddle her on my lap, she grips with her nails and causes puncture holes on my skin. How do I teach her not to do that? I cant ...
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Is it safe to get my cat on X-ray machine?

My vet advised having an X-ray taken of my cat's paw after she was stomped upon by my reckless neighbor who I am not speaking with anymore. She is always coming to drink my coffee and take my food, ...
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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 to prepare for cats well being if I die suddenly

I am sixty-three my cat is four, we live alone. I am in good health, my vet described my cat as "spoiled" and had nothing bad to say on her home visit, so no expense is spared if anybody has ideas for ...
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What should I do if my chihuahua licked some chocolate?

My chihuahua licked some chocolate from a 41g dark chocolate bar. She licked/ate a really small amount and though I can't tell how many grams it was, it seems that it should have been less than 5 ...
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Are rocks that are breaking apart bad for aquarium use?

I'm planning a new, 50 gallons (around 190 liters) aquarium and I found very nice looking, red rocks on the shore of the St. Lawrence river, close to where I live. I cleaned them (bleach, brushing) ...
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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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How/why is non-stick cookware fatal to birds

I was reading this answer and saw this comment, I have not heard about this before: Non-stick cookware must absolutely not be used as the fumes emitted are fatal to birds. How or why does non-stick ...
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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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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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How to clean/wash litter box that had clay litter?

We recently switched from a corn based litter to a clay based one bc of recommendations for clumping and odor control. However I read that the litter should not be flushed because they may expand in ...
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Dogs in vehicles - which is safer; harness or crate?

When traveling with a dog in the car, which is safer: a dog harness made for use with seatbelts? or a crate? My puppy is around 14 lbs (6.4 kg) and we've been using a crate for travel. I'm ...
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Do cats benefit from human probiotics?

My cat is going through a 4-week antibiotics prescription, and due to it he’s having a bad diarrhea. I have a probiotic supplement containing: Bifidobacterium bifidum Bifidobacterium longum ...
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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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I don't feel like I'm enough for my cat

I got a cat as a birthday gift (I knew about her a few weeks beforehand so I could prepare) and when she got here she stayed in my room. Immediately she used the litter tray and ate. The problem is, ...
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Can I use the water from my dehumidifier for my pets?

I have a dehumidifier in my basement that runs almost constantly. I must empty about 2 gallons of water every day. I had the thought that if it was just distilled water, then I should be able to use ...
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What makes a treat only suitable for a certain age range?

About a month ago I bought a bag of treats for my puppy (cracker-like, bone shaped). But when I got home I discovered that the bag said it was suitable for puppies 6 months old and older. I don't mind ...
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Should dogs eat out of raised or non-raised bowls?

I recently had a dog that we had to put to sleep because of his stomach flipping (on peteducation.com you could learn more about this subject). I have been reading into many different causes and ...
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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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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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Is it safe to paint the toenails of a reptile, or does it pose a hazard to the reptile?

I have no intention of doing this myself, but I saw some photos on Facebook of someone's bearded lizard with painted toenails and I was curious. Apart from the look of the thing (I'm not in favour, ...
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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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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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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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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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Is it safe to use ant traps if they're out of reach of my cats?

We have ants in our house, and nothing I've tried so far has been sufficiently successful. Now I'm considering using ant traps, but only under the kitchen cabinets behind the plinth, a place where ...
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Is it harmful that my rabbit eats bugs?

My rabbit is now eating bugs such as crickets and those things. She hasn't shown any signs of health problems while she ate them, but I'm not sure if they're healthy at all for her. The crickets are ...
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Can my cat go without wet food for two days?

I normally feed my cat dry food in the AM and 1 small can of wet food in the PM. I also have a Catit water fountain for him, so he has a constant supply of fresh water to drink from. I'm going away ...
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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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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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Basset Hound ate 1lb of frozen beef from counter

Last night our dog pinched 1 lb (450 g) frozen beef off the HIGH counter while we were out shopping, and did not leave a crumb. I know dogs are fine eating the raw beef, but will this have ...
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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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Neutering incisions in cat

My kitten just got neutered today and he has been bad about trying to lick his incision. I put a cone on him but he is able to pull it off. How easily is he able to ruin his incisions? He is on pain ...
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Do loud noises damage cats' hearing?

I love instruments. I currently play piano and trumpet, and practice every day; 1 hour for piano, 30 minutes for trumpet, each day. My cat seems to love piano, always purrs and relaxes as I play it. ...
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Do I need to fence of my balcony to prevent my rabbit from falling down?

I live in an apartment several floors up, and I have a balcony with vertical railings that are large enough for a rabbit to pass through. How well do rabbits deal with heights like this? Do I need ...
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Why is it a bad idea to touch bloodworms with your bare hands?

I feed my sunfish frozen bloodworms, and I was told that touching the bloodworms is a really bad idea; that they carry some terrible bacteria that can be transferred to humans. I tried looking up why ...
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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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Which food should not be given to a cow?

I am living in Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India. Indian culture has accepted cows as mother, because it feeds milk to us. Hindu culture says whoever feeds you is mother to us. Cows are a precious animal ...
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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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How can I make my balcony safe for my cat?

My cat enjoys hanging out on the balcony and likes to jump up on the railing. The problem is that my railing is fairly thin, curved on top, and made of smooth plastic -- making it difficult for my cat ...
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Will our cat try and hurt the new kittens he is related to?

We have a 7 month old male kitten/cat. His mother lives in the same apartment block and she and he have access to eachother's homes. My neighbour who owns the mother watches over our boy while we are ...
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Should I capture live (invasive) house sparrows for my indoor cats to hunt?

Okay, let's get a couple of things out of the way first: I am not in this to torture birds. I have a deep love for all animals, especially birds. I'll explain myself further in the body text below. I ...
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My kitten ran away, what are the chances of her coming home and/or surviving?

We have a 3-4 month old stray kitten. She's fed, loved, played with and taken to the vet. Today, my door was cracked open for 5 seconds and she ran out into the the woods. My husband and I tried ...
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Can I use expired subcutaneous fluids (lactated ringers) on my cat?

I use lactated ringers to deliver fluids subcutaneously on my cat with kidney disease. I noticed today that one of the bags' expiration date has already passed. Is it safe to use? What are the risks/...
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Is it safe for pets (dog specifically) to eat moldy cheese

Title says it all. I have seen my dog eat other things (rabbits, unknown items, etc.) that had been laying around for days. I would try to prevent that, but she has a much better nose than I do. This ...

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