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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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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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Leopard gecko got calcium supplement in eye

My cousin was feeding the leopard gecko a cricket which was dusted with calcium supplement. Some of the calcium got in her left eye. Could this cause any health problems?
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What OTC vitamins or supplements that people take are toxic to cats?

Over the counter (OTC) vitamins and supplements are taken by a lot of people. Of the ones commonly available, which are toxic to cats in standard human doses? For the sake of this question, assume the ...
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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 WiFi be harmful for my budgerigar family?

My budgie pair is all ready for breeding. But for the last 2 months I've been using WiFi throughout my home. Now I'm worried if WiFi radiation will lead newly hatched babies to death, or if there will ...
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I was bitten by a kitten not even a month old, what should I do?

I was bitten by not even a month old kitten which is a stray; this happened when I was trying to help it get to it's mom. The bite is not deep and is very shallow, it's like very small dots. What ...
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Does a small amount of human shampoo cause harm to a cat?

So my cat (almost 2 years old) somehow got urine on the back of her neck, so to clean it up we used a small amount of diluted human shampoo on a towel to wash her fur. It didn’t go into the skin much (...
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What is best escape proof harness / leash for a cat?

A cat lives in our house who is basically a full time indoor cat as that is the safest way to keep a cat. Problem is that this cat really really wants to go outside and really does well with short 100%...
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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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How to determine if a cat can squeeze through a gap?

I have a type of window that lets me use a small hook to hold just a small gap open at the top and bottom corners (the window opens sideways). The gap is about 5 cm (2 in) and, if I use considerable ...
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Kitten eating clumping litter

I just got a new kitten, 7 weeks old. He has been in the house for about 2-3 days and has gone pee multiple times and pooped once. He is litter trained, but he has been chewing on litter. I am unsure ...
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Why is zinc oxide bad for dogs?

This answer to applying sunscreen to dogs says that you shouldn't apply human sunscreen to them because it contains zinc oxide and that's bad for dogs. What about it is bad, and what would happen if a ...
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How long walking a cat is too long?

TL;DR: My cat ended up walking for 1.5 km almost daily. Is it too long? Due to some renovations in my apartment, I had to move to somewhere 1.5 km away only for two months. My cat, which was a stray ...
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Is it safe to put a plant in a bird's cage?

I'd like to place a bird-safe plant (such as a spider plant) inside my conure's cage to give her the opportunity to hide among the leaves, since that's something she currently does with her toys. I'd ...
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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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How to test if fish tank will break and flood my house?

So in my city every year we have the council organised collection of large items for disposal, where people put the items out on the kerbside for collection. Mostly it really is just garbage, however ...
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What is this alien in my shrimp tank?

The tank is set up since nearly two months now. The shrimp have been in it for around four weeks. One small algae eating fish and one big and accidentally some small snails are living there too. But ...
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How to free a catfish from a strangling rubber band?

I noticed that one of my catfish has a 1.5 cm strangling rubber or other material band around his head, which must have started cutting into the flesh from this morning until this evening: I have no ...
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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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At what point do cats start to be in actual danger (rather than “just being uncomfortable”) from cold winter weather?

I just got a visit from the neighbour's cat again. He likes me, but doesn't fancy his owner too much. She might not be downright abusing him, but I think he prefers to be out from the house, even if ...
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Is it okay to heat a lactated ringer's bag using a sous vide cooker?

I have been told that cats like it better if their subcutaneous fluids are administered from a bag that has been warmed a little bit. I like this idea, but I don't trust my arbitrary means of heating ...
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My koi fish ate a piece of gum

I have a koi fish pond with about 14 to 15 inch (around 37 cm) koi. The neighborhood kid threw a piece of gum in the pond and one of my koi ate it; how harmful is this?
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How will the eclipse affect my pet?

On Monday, August 21, 2017, the US mainland will experience a total eclipse for the first time in decades. Is there anything special I need to do to prepare my pets? Will they be anxious about the ...
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A Kitty fell down to a hole in alley, Please help me with your ideas to get him out!

I was just sitting in my room and my aunt told me there's a kitty cat right on a small hole in the middle of the alley trying to get out but when i went to get him out a car was just passed and it ...
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How to do an 8-hour road trip with a husky puppy?

I will be travelling with a female Siberian Husky puppy in about a month from now, and by then my pup would've been 21/2 months old. I'm a bit uncertain on how I'm going to do this; I've crawled the ...
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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 can I safely induce vomiting in a dog?

This answer says that salt is considered poisonous to dogs. Additionally, the site linked in that answer states: The use of salt to induce vomiting in dogs and cats is no longer the standard of ...
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Can I use this sand as bedding for chicks?

I've got some chicks around 11 days old. I am facing trouble with the bedding in the brooder. I've tried using paper towels, but they get wet and shredded within hours. Now considering using sand that ...
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My dog is bleeding day and night

My dog has been bleeding day and night, and was wondering what could be causing this? She seems to be bleeding from her private part of her body. My dog is and red nose pit bull (female). She is very ...
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Cat exposed to sewer waste, does it need antibiotic?

So we recently had sewer backup in our basement. It happened from the surge from outside and was not something we could have prevented or controlled. By the time we got back home and discovered it, ...
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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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Are rawhide bones or natural raw bones potentially dangerous for a dog?

Chewing can be a very rewarding activity for dogs and it also provides mental stimulation and helps clean their teeth. So I'm planning to give a bone to my dog from time to time, to keep him busy, but ...
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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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Local cat attacks my dog whilst walking, what should I do?

A local cat has attacked my dog 4 times now. The attacks are unprovoked (my dog doesn't growl or bark or bother them at all) and my dog loves cats. One of the attacks had the cat chasing me down the ...
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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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Dog keeps eating my cats medicated food

I have a new puppy and I am trying to train him not to eat the cat food. The cat has worms, so I take some fancy feast and put some liquid wormer in it. Because the cat is still spooked by the dog, I ...
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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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My dog ate a cricket, is that bad?

My dog is a cross between labrador and retriever and I estimate he weighs around 40 kgs and he's 1 year and 9 months old. My dog loves chasing crickets, especially because they jump, and in end, he ...
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What will be safest and least stressful for my cats? [duplicate]

So we plan to go away for 7 days. So which of the following is the best for my Cats? Leave them at home and have someone reliable feed them. Put them in Cat hotel for the 7 days. The pro for number ...
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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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Is changing water daily in a fish bowl harmful to the fish?

I have two goldfish and have kept them in a fish bowl for now. As I do not have a water filter in there, should I change the water daily in the bowl? It does seem a bit dirty after a day, but I don't ...
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Mouse problem, how can I attract a cat to the area?

I have a cat at my farm with my livestock. I feed her and she also kills mice at the farm. She also lets me pet her, hold her, etc. She loves attention. At my house, which is a little over a mile from ...
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My cat drinks out of our swimming pool, is this a problem?

My cat Rosie (female, age 8) likes to drink out of our swimming pool. This has apparently been going on for a while, but I just found out yesterday. Given the following: She prefers to drink water ...
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Is there a pet-safe, non-toxic glue to mend a fetch ball with?

My dog has a favorite ball that he has been playing with for nearly two years now. The ball is really squishy and soft compared to others on the market and unfortunately, I cannot find the same one on ...
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What should horse owners do if their property is threatened by bushfire and they are unable to evacuate their horses?

Our state is in a bushfire crisis. The worst in recorded history. Image courtesy of http://google.org/crisismap/australia The problem with evacuating horses is there is literally not enough trucks ...
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A single parakeet and an older cat - good idea?

I have a single male 5 year old parakeet. He is very tame and friendly. I know he is unafraid of dogs, as I have had two wonder up to the cage and my bird has been very curious. In fact, I was more ...
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Is an UV lamp dangerous for fish?

Is the UV lamp useful for decorative freshwater (aquarium) fishes or may it be rather dangerous instead? As far as I am aware the Sun causes fishes' coloration to saturate, and although the UV lamp ...
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How do windows impact health considerations of sunlight for pets?

I heard, the goodness in sunlight that helps people make vitamin D does not pass through windows. Is this true, and if so, does it impact pets as well? If my pet only gets sunlight through windows, ...
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What essential oils can I use that my cat would also like?

Does anyone know any essential oil that cats like to smell? It seems, that my cat likes nothing. Maybe the smell of oils is too strong. I have tried fir-tree, pine, mint, melissa, eucalyptus, orange, ...
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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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