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September 15

Resources for teaching kids about dogs?
We may find ourselves temporarily caring for an ailing family member's dog. I've had dogs in the past, but never a little dog and the ones I had were being trained as service dogs rather than family pets. I'm looking for books that can help my kid adjust to life with a dog, as well as explain basic training and care principles.
posted by snickerdoodle at 7:38 AM - 4 answers

September 14

How do I boost my old dog's quality of life?
My beloved border collie is aging rapidly. He still has lots of the old BC traits but his body can't keep up with them--how do I help him avoid disappointment and keep him happy? [more inside]
posted by stillmoving at 5:17 PM - 26 answers

September 13

They name cats, don't they?
Friends! This may be a bit of a stretch for this community but I need help naming a couple of kittens. Difficulty level: I don't know if I'm keeping both of them but I want names that work well together. [more inside]
posted by Jairus at 3:12 PM - 49 answers

September 12

Chilling out a puppy
What are your tips for getting a young dog to chill out and react reasonably to a situation he finds VERY EXCITING? Our 7 month old puppy is dragging our arms out of our sockets every time we drop him off at doggie daycare, and it's making me nuts. [more inside]
posted by charmedimsure at 11:27 AM - 16 answers

September 11

Looking for a veterinarian in downtown Portland, Or.
Reccomendations for a veterinarian in the Pearl/Old Town/China Town area? [more inside]
posted by space_cookie at 3:36 PM - 3 answers

Help us build a bitchin' crabitat!
My parents picked up a hermit crab for my son in Florida and now that we've got him (her?) home, I'm wondering what we need to PROPERLY take care of our new friend, Matt (yes, that is what my son named him). [more inside]
posted by youandiandaflame at 11:59 AM - 5 answers

September 10

HELP ME DEWAX MY CAT
So, my cat decided to jump into a burning pumpkin spice candle that was 1/2 melted wax [more inside]
posted by angrycat at 9:34 AM - 31 answers

September 9

Seeking vet for cat with joint, skeletal, or related problem
Artemis is an awesome cat in Durham/Chapel Hill, NC, who walks, runs, and jumps, but not as well as she should. One vet, in March, found nothing wrong; another, in June, saw she was walking oddly and said to wait a while to see if it got better on its own. Now I'm looking for a vet with expertise or interest in feline musculo-skeletal issues for the next steps. [more inside]
posted by amtho at 2:14 PM - 10 answers

Is there a Doggy Undertaker?
Our 17 year-old Shepherd-Husky mix, Gertrude, was diagnosed with lymphoma earlier this summer. Given her condition and advanced age, I worry that one day I'll come home from work or downstairs in the morning and find that she's passed. I've been fretting about what to do with her body, should this occur. [more inside]
posted by sarajane at 12:45 PM - 24 answers

Taking dog from UK to US, and back?
I and an American living in the Netherlands, and have taken my dog to the US several times from Schiphol when I'm taking a long-ish trip back to the States. She has a pet passport, and it has never been an issue going back through Amsterdam. I'm moving to the UK soon, and for my fall trip I was wondering if I should take her from the UK to the US, and back (probably from Heathrow), or stick with Amsterdam. [more inside]
posted by Philosopher Dirtbike at 12:00 PM - 5 answers

September 8

You are not my vet, but you may have some advice on puppy's vaccinations
Vet says wait until after 16 weeks to take Otto outside, manufacturer says a single injection provides immunity, and my previous research says they're both wrong. [more inside]
posted by sektah at 8:20 AM - 7 answers

September 5

So, I hear you re-name cats here....
I adopted "Daisy" from the local shelter. She's not a "Daisy" in looks or personality and I'd like to call her something else. [more inside]
posted by goml at 12:01 PM - 68 answers

September 4

Newly-diagnosed diabetic dog: need tips, please!
My 12-13ish year old dog Max was diagnosed with diabetes this morning, after exhibiting symptoms (drink, pee, repeat) and having a blood workup at the vet. I'm looking for tips/tricks and hacks to make this easier for both Max and me. [more inside]
posted by kimberussell at 7:51 AM - 5 answers

Name My Cat #372
This is my new gentleman. He's 9 years old and a little camera shy. He is the biggest snugglebug of a cat I have ever met. He joins his new sisters in my home. He came with the name Chester, but I really don't like it. Looking for names from mythology. [more inside]
posted by royalsong at 7:32 AM - 39 answers

September 2

How to transition a cat to free feed
So since we got Molly, she's been a joy. But we're still trying to settle into a feeding regimen. We're currently on a morning feed (wet), an after work feed (wet), and a right before bed snack (high quality dry). It's fine, but it would be great if it could be a bit more flexible or less frequent. I wonder if we could put her on a free feed system like my friend does with her two cats, but I'm scared of overfeeding her. Does anyone have advice on how we could try transitioning to that sort of thing? I'm not sure about doing it gradually because I feel like that would just make her eat more and more. But if we just go straight to an always full bowl, will she just gorge herself all of a sudden and make herself sick?
posted by like_neon at 1:30 PM - 24 answers

September 1

Private Dining for Four Cats?
Aargh. One sick cat who needs a special diet for the rest of her life. Three other cats, too. I need practical tips for how to handle this. [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa at 7:02 PM - 20 answers

Help me help an injured juvenile chickadee
We found an injured juvenile chickadee. I had some wildlife rehab training decades ago. I have worked with juvenile birds and injured birds, but never with injured juvenile birds, and never anything so small. Any advice or suggestions from rehabbers, vets, knowledgable people would be helpful. [more inside]
posted by clarkstonian at 10:58 AM - 2 answers

Neighbors' dog keeps jumping their fence toward my dog.
My neighbors' dog keeps jumping their fence into the street/the sidewalk where I'm walking my dog. This happens about weekly to me (though I'm sure it must happen more), and it is scary every time. The neighbor dog doesn't bite my dog, but it does lunge at her. [more inside]
posted by superlibby at 9:57 AM - 6 answers

August 31

Mister Kitteh isn't cutting it
We brought this sweet boy home from the humane society today, yay! He is 7.5 years old and was surrendered when his previous owner passed away. The only problem is we're not really keen on keeping the name he came with (Midnight). Realizing that I could FINALLY be the one asking AskMe to name my cat, I'm turning to you for help. [more inside]
posted by spinturtle at 4:58 PM - 87 answers

New baby + old cat = jealousy, noise edition
15+ year old cat is displaced from his regal throne by 7 week old baby. How to stop him from meowing as loudly as possible while the baby is sleeping? [more inside]
posted by nadise at 2:08 PM - 10 answers

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