IANAL - I am not a lawyer.
IANAD - I am not a doctor.
IANAV - I am not a veterinarian.
Some of us are giving some form of even mild medical advice here. Those who do, or feel we should, need to pre- or post-fix our posts (or even our accounts!) with some sort of "I am not a veterinarian" note. I've been doing this when this happens.
I think we should have some sort of standard post to be used (copied and pasted) into our posts.
Should we, and if so, what should it look like?
Here are some answers where the person posting has done so (validly) from an experience / reference standpoint, but recommends a veterinarian for further information, indicating that they are, themselves, not veterinarians.
Apologies in advance if you posted one of these answers and are a vet; you didn't indicate it in your post.
Answers stating not a vet:
- My cat ate an unidentified lizard! What should I do? (both, one mine)
- What's the best way to heal a scab on top of my dog's head? (one mine)
- Should I be concerned that my puppy is chewing on fallen leaves? (one mine)
Answers should probably state IANAV:
- Can I give human medicine to chickens?
- What's the best way to heal a scab on top of my dog's head? (not mine)
- How do I give a cat a pill?
- When is declawing a viable option for cats? (all answers)
- Whether and how to minimise physical activity of female dog immediately following desexing operation?
- Should I feed my cat milk?
- What is wool block in rabbits?
Answers stating consult a vet (implied IANAV; statement not necessarily obvious):
- Can I change my cat's food?
- What could cause my dog to fear power outages?
- What can I do about the black dots on my cat's chin?
- Can I give my cat human medicine?
- What can I do for a dog with really dry skin
- How should I trim the wings of my bird?
- Can I use human medicine on dogs?
- Make life easier for motion sick dog when traveling?