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July 29

Can you give me examples of open ended pet adoption questions?
I am working to become an adoption counselor with a local no-kill animal shelter. What are some innocuous yet revealing questions that may have worked for you in a similar type of situation? [more inside]
posted by Bistle at 10:05 PM - 16 answers

July 28

Because you needed another dog butt question today
My dog just had an accident inside for the second time this week and probably the 15th this summer after 8 years of never having one. I am getting really fed up. Warning: gross descriptions of dog poo inside. [more inside]
posted by deus ex machina at 5:49 PM - 19 answers

ASS GLAND APOCALYPSE
My dog has fantastically, horribly, monstrously overactive anal glands. The vet believes it may be due to allergies, but so far no treatments have been successful. I am reaching the end of my rope. [more inside]
posted by elizardbits at 3:27 PM - 43 answers

July 26

I am thinking of a chicken article...
I remember reading in the popular media about chickens looking at figures on the ground, I want to say it was floor plans, and spending more time looking at the ones that did not make sense somehow (and the article concluded that meant they were puzzling over them because they did not make sense). Do you know what I am talking about and can you help me find it again? [more inside]
posted by tweedle at 8:27 PM - 2 answers

Corn dog
We switched our dogs from a "corn filler" dry food to a high-quality, oft-recommended grain-free food about 8 months ago. I've come to the conclusion that it's not a good choice for Number One Dog. My question is, should we continue to search for a premium dog food that agrees with her, or just go back to the supposedly "bad" food on which she always seemed to be healthy and happy? [more inside]
posted by drlith at 11:16 AM - 17 answers

July 23

Staying with a dog who suddenly lacks bowel control
While continuing a very lengthy house hunting process, we're staying with my parents and their 11 year old lab. The lab is a sweet dog, and I love her, but I'm having trouble dealing with her lack of bowel control, and us staying in the house seems to be making it worse. Has anyone dealt with this before? [more inside]
posted by treehorn+bunny at 5:04 PM - 23 answers

Financial/resource based euthanasia for dogs
There are probably viable treatments for my 8 year old dog but I can't afford them or take the time to carry them out. I am considering euthanasia. How do I manage this? [more inside]
posted by shock muppet at 1:27 PM - 29 answers

July 22

Why did my cat die?
I found my cat dead under my car and I am trying to find out why. [more inside]
posted by mermily at 12:06 PM - 19 answers

July 21

Can you help identify this weird, yet apparently friendly bird?
A few friends of mine live in Somerville, MA, which is right outside of Boston. For the past few weeks, a bird has been repeatedly showing up on their porch and, apparently, making friends with them. [more inside]
posted by Riptor at 8:15 AM - 11 answers

July 19

HTF needs a friend, but will it kill him?
HTF is my daughter's 10 year old goldfish. [more inside]
posted by ecorrocio at 3:58 PM - 13 answers

How do we add a second dog into the mix?
This is Hendricks - he's a 55 lbs. hound/shepherd/mutt that we found at a local shelter back in January. He's pretty chill, except for a love of hunting bunnies that go across his back yard. Hendricks needs a friend - how do we start approaching this, and how do we find him a friend that will work for him and us? [more inside]
posted by SNWidget at 10:16 AM - 11 answers

Help us name this puppy! Warning: Corgis ahead.
We are getting our Pembroke Corgi, Dazzle, her very own puppy. He is also a Corgi in a nonstandard color, currently being referred to as 'Cloud' by his breeder. Dazzle came with her name, but Cloud just isn't going to cut it. Names that have been considered but discarded: Flash, Blaze, Blitzen (my favorite), Winston, Sterling, Silver, Titus, Cato and Ghost. We are looking for a name that is preferably two syllable and neither a popular human name (Henry) nor a cutesy title (Professor Bigglesworth.) We are running out of ideas and seek the creativity of MeFi!
posted by Requiax at 9:41 AM - 58 answers

July 17

Dog crates that fit a Modern house?
The mister and I are moving into a new apartment! Hooray! The one problem? A dog crate that both fits our new apartment's aesthetic and isn't $1200. [more inside]
posted by functionequalsform at 8:11 PM - 10 answers

Finding a Reputable Online Pet Medication Store
Looking to buy Revolution Heartworm medicine for dogs from an Online Store that ships to Canada. Have had a hard time finding what looks like a reputable site. Does anyone here have experience with a good place to find pet medicine online?
posted by cascando at 10:43 AM - 5 answers

July 15

Tiny Dog Life
I adopted a 6 lb chihuahua from a rescue organization about two weeks ago. How can I celebrate living with with this ridiculous, tiny creature? [more inside]
posted by skrozidile at 6:44 AM - 20 answers

July 14

Driving 17 hours with three cats. Suggestions?
Moving from Austin to Minneapolis in a couple weeks. We're taking our three cats. Two of them are 9 and 10, the other is about 2. One of the cats travels well, one is whiny off and on, and the third is intolerable. Doing the vet thing to get sedatives costs way more than we can afford. What should we do? Any ideas? I was thinking about getting Feliway and catnip to help them chill out.
posted by Modica at 2:12 PM - 27 answers

Help identifying this small animal skull.
This skull was found in a wooded area of central Pennsylvania. It is about the size of a fist. [more inside]
posted by Mikey51 at 8:25 AM - 9 answers

July 13

Bunny, plus one?
Should I get a bunny friend for my senior citizen bunny who has lived alone his entire life? [more inside]
posted by rabu at 11:35 AM - 11 answers

Dogs that lick... a lot
I have two Jack Russell Terriers, both sixish years old, and both with odd licking issues. One licks the exposed skin of people: legs, hands, feet. If you push him away, he will lick the couch. He has done this since he was a puppy, and though I think it's odd and slightly embarrassing when he goes to town on an unwitting friend's shin, it doesn't concern me. Our other dog has started licking his own front legs, above his paws (what his forearm would be if he were a person), so much that they are stained pink. He's done this for a few months now. When I took him to our vet for his yearly checkup, I asked whether she thought it was allergies. She said no, that it could be anxiety or arthritis. She didn't get into much depth (she is new to our vet office, and I don't know that I love her). He walks and runs just fine, so I don't think he is in pain. Does anyone out there have experience with compulsive canine lickers? Do I try to stop them (and if so, how?), or just let them be weird? Or do I change to a new vet who might be a bit more forthcoming?
posted by hippychick at 10:51 AM - 11 answers

July 12

Help me find resources to train my new dog!
I got a dog! He's a Border Collie/Australian Cattle Dog mix. He's from a rescue, and 1.5yrs old. Help me continue to train him! [more inside]
posted by pilibeen at 6:34 PM - 9 answers

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