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China is: Only one source...There have been documented issues with least in the paint on toys imported from china. Do research on toys you want before you buy. In general though, there are toy scares on many levels. Small pieces, things that break easily and can be inhaled, etc. Use common sense. Children still love natures toys the best...Sticks, twigs, paper, boxes etc. Lol. They are so imaginative. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not necessarily-wash: Hand washing is paramount after handling animals in public places, according to guidelines on animal handling from the national association of state public health veterinarians (naphv). The association has recommendations on how to prevent the spread of disease from live animals to humans in public settings. The most crucial step in avoiding zoonotic disease is washing one's hands often! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: You don't say how little the child is or the context. Mr. Roberts did a wonderful show on a dead goldfish was aimed at 5-6 yo. Death happens, and learning about how people deal with it is a task children eventually need to master. Nearly all the disney classics have a death (usually mom) in the plot, if your child watches such fare, be involved & answer question that arise at the level asked. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Check it out: Extreme sensitivity to noises can be due to physical causes including the morning after from alcohol binges as well as some possible neurological conditions. It can also be related to a person's emotional state. A person having these symptoms should talk to their primary care physician. A psychiatric evaluation may also be in order. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How easy is it to get poisoned by rodent poisoning? (bromethalin, strychine,etc) The yard man put bait box down then touched plants & gate. Dangers?
Less than minimal: There is little likelihood from you get poisoned by the circumstances you described. ...Read more
We have stray kittens outside found them eating a squirrel if the squirrel had rabies can the kittens pass it to us by petting them?
No: Small mammals such as squirrels, rats, mice, hamsters, guinea pigs, gerbils, chipmunks, rabbits, and hares are almost never found to be infected with rabies and have not been known to cause rabies among humans in the United States according to the cdc. Please check to see your kitten was vaccinated against rabies, and keep your vaccinations current. ...Read more
Are common garden birds' poo (pigeons, raven's etc) dangerous to human health if left undealt with on garden furniture?
Guano (bird poop): Bird poop (or guano) is usually a nuisance more than a health risk, there can be a risk of disease transmission, especially for those with weakened immune systems. Clean up with soap and hot water whenever you have contact with bird droppings. The guano does not present more problems if left for more time on the furniture. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No.: Rabid dogs don't cough or sneeze - they foam at the mouth, act crazy, and bite people. Rabies is very rare in dogs in this country, now that rabies shots are required by law pretty much everywhere - but if you see a stray dog acting strangely, don't get anywhere near enough to be sneezed on by it - call the cops! ...Read more
Yes: Imagination in children is a very important part of childhood. Santa claus and the easter bunny are "lovable" characters and as the child grows and discovers the truth, he finds it amusing usually. It is all part of the fun of a family growing togetherf in a loving lifestyle. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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No: The few people who got vJCD was through eating beef with bone in, from animals fed animal products. ...Read more
Is the defensive spray from skunks or any other animal dangerous for my infant to touch? Dog got sprayed by something and spread oils in house.
Call poison control: If you were in my office, I would call Poison Control at 1 800 222-1222 for the best information pertinent to your particular situation. They often need a little more information than what you've provided here to make the best recommendation, and if you call them, they can find out what they need to know. Depending on the details, there may be some concerns about eyes, or breathing. ...Read more
Two sightings of yellow-bellied sea snakes in So. Cal. recently. Venom said to be highly toxic (like coral snakes), any bites in the U.S.?
Do house dogs carry rabies if not infected by outdoor animal? Friends's dog snapped at me but left no bite/broken skin/wound. Should i worry?
Not Rabies: No. You should not worry. You have no injury and you have a story that confirms a normal 'exposure' if you did have an injury. ...Read more
Yesterday a stray dog shake itself in front of me (very near). Can rabies transmit to me via dog's saliva, through air?
Unlikely: Rabies is usually transmitted through a bite from an infected animal. It is not impossible but would be very rare to be transmitted through the air. Please see this Center for Disease Control site for further information. http://www.cdc.gov/rabies/transmission/ ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer