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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 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 second hand exposure to (non-nicotine) vaping harmful to my pet?

I recently read a blog post on the dangers of vaping around cats. Obviously ingesting the vaping fluid could be a serious emergency, but the post also states: Additionally, cats living with ...
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How to keep a teething puppy from biting me and other people?

I have a 9 week old pit bull puppy. He is teething for the first time. I have given him chew toys but if someone goes to pet him he will bit them and try to chew on their hand. It was a cute thing for ...
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Should I modify a “cone of shame” to allow my dog to use chew toys, and how?

Recently, my neighbors dog jumped the fence and attacked one of my dogs. Her ear was torn and she had to get stitches. Originally, the vet said she probably wouldn't need the cone of shame, but when ...
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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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How can I make in floor heating duct covers pet safe?

I have heard recently that some floor heating duct covers can injury some pets. What should I look for to know which ones can be harmful and how do I make them pet safe?
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Puppy safety for tug of war

I see a lot of questions here and on other sites answering the psychological hazards of tug, but I don't see anywhere discussing the physical. I have a small Shih Tzu puppy, under 5 pounds (<2 kg) ...
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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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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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Is it a bad idea to give my rabbits wild wood to nibble on?

I have two 8-month old rabbit pets, and while my house is not very well designed for rabbit-proofing, I have given them a decent chunk of space where they can roam around 24/7. I feed them a hay based ...
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I accidentally popped a tick that was on my dog's eyelids

I accidentally popped a tick on my dog's eyelids and unfortunately blood got on his eyes; the blood went away in a while, but was the blood that got to his eyes will be dangerous? What can I do myself?...
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Can horses eat lawn mower grass clippings?

I've heard over the years that horses shouldn't be fed grass clippings from lawn mowers. Is this dangerous and why would it be?
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Can my rabbit be harmed by e-coli on Lettuce?

House rabbits eat leafy green vegetables and they eat poop should I be concerned about warnings of e-coli on store bought leafy green vegetables?
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What kind of Aquarium background is better? SelfAdhesive or with Glue?

I have aquarium 32" x 16", it is brand new and I am looking for some aquarium background. I am now deciding between using SelfAdhesive or Normal one? Any Advices?
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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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What are some of the best materials that can be used to safely bite-proof the squeakers in fabric dog toys?

Our medium-small dog is obsessed with killing squeaker plushy toys by biting into the squeaker. I can buy replacement squeakers to sew back into the toys or buy new toys, both very cheap options, but ...
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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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If a rabbit has a collar, at what weight should the collar break so the rabbit will not be strangled?

Caused by this question What kind of information collar fits for a rabbit? I need to know what a rabbit's neck could withstand. If the rabbit has a collar, at what weight should the collar break so ...
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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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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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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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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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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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The curious case of the cannabis cat?

I have a 7-year-old British shorthair cat that sleeps next to me every night. I vape cannabis oil as a sleep aid a few times a week, usually while reading or watching a movie just before sleep. I do ...
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Are candles scented with fragrance oils safe for birds?

Candles that use paraffin wax are dangerous for birds because they produce smoke that is especially unhealthy for birds to inhale. Soy and beeswax candles with lead-free wicks are the item of choice ...
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Are my windows cat safe?

I recently moved into the top floor of a 5 story building and wish to get two kittens soon. During the day the flat gets warm and we open the Windows a lot, so I'm worried that it might fall out of ...
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Safe paint for cats?

Just post a word that is similar to the brand name, as I suspect that you can not advertise or mention the very name itself. Or please tell me what chemicals are safe/unsafe. Failing that - how long ...
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How to keep my Persian Cat Cool?

Recently the weather in my city has gone extremely hot and humid and that has started to concern me. I have a Triple Coat Persian Cat and he is most definitely not enjoying the summer. He usually ...
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Why would my male cat's nipple fall off?

I have a 10 year old slightly obese indoor cat. Recently, I was petting his stomach and thought I found what may have been a scab. I scrapped it gently with my finger nail before I had the hair ...
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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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My cat had a little bit of lactose-free chocolate milk, should I be worried?

So my cat licked up the last bits of chocolate milk in my cup as my back was turned and I caught her and pulled her away from it. She vomited but otherwise she seems fine. The chocolate milk was ...
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Are dogs much less sensitive to high noise than humans?

I must admit (a bit shamefully) that I was not aware of the fact that volume is on a logarithmic scale and thus following sentence (source) surprised me: The back seats are closer to 87 dBA, which is ...
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Flea treatment toxicity when mixing flea treatment with shampoo?

I just bathed my dog with sergeants skip-flea & tick shampoo with 0.10% permethrin and 0.50% piperonyl butoxide, technical. My dad then proceeded to almost immediately after apply another flea ...
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Is it safe for my cat to carry/jump around with heavy toys in her mouth?

I got this automated toy for my cats: https://www.amazon.com/SmartyKat-Hot-Pursuit-Concealed-Motion/dp/B06WP7F8YC My female cat really, really likes the toy. She grabs onto it and carries it around, ...
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My 2 month old puppy bit me. He hasn't gotten any vaccines yet, is it dangerous?

I was carrying him and talking to him and he suddenly bit me in my face. My 2 month old puppy hasn't gotten any vaccines yet. He just turned two months old last Saturday. Is it dangerous? Thanks. My ...
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Can I use vitamin pills meant for humans in home-cooked meals for my cats?

I am researching on home-cooked meals for my cats and all the articles I've came across emphasize the importance of adding additional vitamin supplements into the meal but they did not mentioned ...
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How can I read lost dog's collar tag without it biting me?

I sometimes discover lost dogs on the street that have a collar with a tag with maybe a contact phone to reach their owner. Since I don't know their character or if something happened and scared them ...
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Is indirect exposure to non-alcoholic beer dangerous for cats?

That may be a strange question but my kittens expressed a lot of interest in bottle of non-alcoholic beer I was drinking. They tried to lick the bottle and started licking me around my lips. I could ...
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My 3 months cat wants to explore living room but I'm afraid that I may let her out

I adopted yesterday a pair of 3 month kittens. I was told at shelter that I should confine them to one room for 7-14 days unless they start exploring. The most adventurous of sisters tried to ...
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When do we need cat nets on window?

Sometimes I see windows with a cat net installed on it. How are they used? When should I consider using a cat net?
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GPS tracker for pet location history?

I am curious if anyone has experience with GPS trackers for pet (cat in my case) location history. We're interested in knowing where she likes to wander, but not in locating her in realtime remotely. ...
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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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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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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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Cat Sub-Q Ringer's Solution: Not DPHV Free?

I received a donation or 4 bags of Hospira Brand Ringer's Solution (1000 ml each) and they say that they are not DPHV-free. My cat is in Stage 3 kidney disease. Is it too dangerous to trust this type ...
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I live in Hawai'i where houses generally have both cockroaches and geckos. Are the geckos being poisoned by the poisoned roaches?

My apartment (and most like it here in the heart of Honolulu) has german cockroaches. While I'm sure that we'll never get rid of them completely, poison traps (roach hotels) and raid barrier poison as ...
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My leopard gecko arm was taken off by my sister's cat while was at work!

I was at work and my door was closed. My sister opened the door and the cat got in and was pawing at it. The cat broke open the roof and attacked gecko's tail and took his leg clean off! What kind of ...
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How to release a rescued European Rabbit back into the wild?

We saved a bunny from certain death and raised him from baby for 3 months. We have to leave Morocco, and there are no shelters, no safe places for him. Basically, the choices are: a home where he ...
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How do I prepare store-bought plants for use in a terrarium?

I've recently adopted a pair of American tree frogs, and have set up a terrarium for them. I purchased some plants for the terrarium from a local garden center, and while the species of plants are ...
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Are complaints of Hartz product being dangerous a cause for concern?

I have read a lot of documentation and legal complaints including class actions against Hartz products, namely their anti-fleas and anti-ticks products which are believed to be potentially dangerous ...

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