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Which snake bite is most venomous? Coral snakes, rattlesnakes, copperheads, and the cottonmouth?

Which snake bite is most venomous? Coral snakes, rattlesnakes, copperheads, and the cottonmouth?

Rattlesnake: of those listed the rattlesnake is the most venomous, in the world it is the inland taipan snake ...Read more

Toys (Definition)

Toys is a topic that includes recommendations for choices of toys, and for avoiding choking or injuries when playing with toys. A toy is any object created for a person to play ...Read more


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China paint to blame for toy safety scares?

China paint to blame for toy safety scares?

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 more

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Are petting zoos dangerous to kids?

Are petting zoos dangerous to kids?

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 more

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Shuld little kids watch sad movies, like animals dying?

Shuld little kids watch sad movies, like animals dying?

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 more

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I'm shaking inside from hearing noise outside, or car alarm, or dog bark. ?

I'm shaking inside from hearing noise outside, or car alarm, or dog bark.
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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 more

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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?

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

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Are common garden birds' poo (pigeons, raven's etc) dangerous to human health if left undealt with on garden furniture?

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 more

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Can rabies from rabid dogs be transmitted to people when rabid dogs cough or sneeze?

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

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Can kids catch fleas from household pets?

Can kids catch fleas from household pets?

No: Kids will get bitten by fleas from pets, but kids wouldn't actually have fleas living on them. Since kids have little hair and no fur, plus they get bathed often, it would be difficult for a flea to set up home on a child. ...Read more

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Which snakes are poisonous to humans?

None: Actually, no snakes are poisonous, but some are venomous. Poisons are ingested, venoms are injected or absorbed. As for venomous snakes, there are hundreds of species and the occur on every continent except antartica. ...Read more

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What dangerous animals do people run into during a drought, maybe snakes?

What dangerous animals do people run into during a drought, maybe snakes?

Other people: During a time of scarcity, other people are likely to be more dangerous than any animals. ...Read more

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Should parents encourage kids to believe in fantasy characters like easter bunny?

Should parents encourage kids to believe in fantasy characters like easter bunny?

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 more

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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.

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

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Are sand tick bites dangerous?

Are sand tick bites dangerous?

Usually not: In some areas of the world they may carry infection. Leishmaniasis is carried by a sand flea, but in this county i think you are pretty safe. Mostly they just cause local itch and rash. ...Read more

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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.?

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.?

Don't know: I have not seen any case reports . I live in Rochester well away from the coast.but I believe sea snakes in general are poisonous. So Dr Geoff No sea surfing for you! ...Read more

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Yesterday a stray dog shake itself in front of me (very near). Can rabies transmit to me via dog's saliva, through air?

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 more

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