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Is it permissible to be mechalel Shabbos to save the life of an animal, such as a family pet? Could minchag, chumras, and/or purely Rabbinical prohibitions be relaxed in such a situation, and to what extent?

Please assume no Gentile is available to save the animal's life. However, if it would be permissible to relax certain rules in order to summon a Gentile for this purpose, please discuss.

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Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/18575/… –  SAH Mar 20 '13 at 23:01
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From the Mishna Brurah 332:6 it is assur to violate a Torah or Rabbinic law to save an animals life but one can ask a אינו יהודי . However to heal it in a certain way see Mishna Brurah 332:5,9 .

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If dying would cause it pain, couldn't Tzar Baalei Chayim be a factor? We permit at least some Rabbinic laws to that end (eg. milking cows in certain ways). –  Double AA Mar 10 '13 at 17:35
    
@DoubleAA ,That's the Mishna Brurah 9.However,it seems assur generally.The heter seems to come from בהול . –  sam Mar 10 '13 at 17:42
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