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September 1

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

August 30

How can I get my cat to stop licking itself too much?
We have an otherwise healthy kitty (about 3 years old) except for this issue with the fur on her back. She's basically licking herself to the point of creating sores on her back. How do we fix this? [more inside]
posted by lownote at 4:59 PM - 22 answers

August 28

This puppy has everything she needs, except a name.
We just adopted this 8 month old female Pekingese from a shelter in the midwest. We started out working through Buffy-verse names, and got excited about Fred, which we long-formed first to Winifred, then decided that sounded like a middle name and tried to think of a very generic first name, like Lady. We ended up with Lady Winifred and we call her Fred, but the grandparents object, and we're open to choosing something different, since we chose it before meeting her. [more inside]
posted by kevin is... at 8:11 PM - 37 answers

August 27

Construction ruckus - how do I help my cat cope?
My landlord insists that I be out of the house during daytime bathroom renovation. This will terrify my aged, timid house cat. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by falldownpaul at 11:44 AM - 56 answers

Drool, Brittannia
Several of our dog's incisors were starting to come loose, so our vet recommended pulling between 3-5 of them. Today was surgery day, and they ended up pulling 8 teeth! I'm not so much concerned about the aesthetics, but should we be worried about anything in particular with him having lost almost all of his front teeth? [more inside]
posted by tonycpsu at 10:49 AM - 11 answers

August 26

How do I get rid of this spider?
A small-ish spider (slightly bigger than 1cm in diameter including the legs, I think) has set up home in my living room. [more inside]
posted by AllShoesNoSocks at 9:36 AM - 15 answers

I need something to fend off a dog that attacks my dog.
I have 2 dogs which I walk on leashes in my neighbor hood. A house on my block has a huge Rotweiler and he is dog-aggressive. The people are careless and do not properly restrict teh dog to theri property. Twice in the last month the dog (unleashed and untied, no fence in yard) has attacked one of my dogs in the street. [more inside]
posted by WeekendJen at 9:31 AM - 28 answers

August 24

mosquito net overkill?
I want to get a mosquito net for my bedroom. My motives are functional rather than aesthetic. Some nets are treated with chrysanthemum pesticides, others are just nets. For those who've been to places where the nets are essential, is the pesticide treatment necessary or a just a marketing power-up? I'd rather not sleep bathed in bug killing gases if the nets are as effective sans poison.
posted by Fupped Duck at 3:29 PM - 7 answers

Help with new rescue dog's severe separation anxiety
We recently adopted an incredibly sweet dog from a local shelter-- Frances is a three year old dachshund/chihuahua mix. She's super mellow and calm when we're with her-- never barks or chews, perfectly housetrained, doesn't react to other dogs or people when on walks... basically perfect and incredibly lovable... EXCEPT... when left alone, she becomes a nightmare destructo-dog. [more inside]
posted by bonheur at 10:30 AM - 12 answers

August 23

What's the skinny on grain free/raw food for cats?
Bunny is a generally healthy, happy 1 year old with smelly poo the consistency of frosting. I'm thinking of switching her food out. What's the skinny on grain free/raw kitty food diets these days? [more inside]
posted by Hermione Granger at 5:12 PM - 31 answers

Is my dog having seizures or what?
I have an 8-10 year old, very strange, beagle. Last night I found her with eyes open, but unresponsive, clawing and biting at the wall. Is this seizure activity, night terrors, or something else? [more inside]
posted by geeky at 6:02 AM - 10 answers

What breed of parrot is this?
Arrived to a nearby mango tree, very obviously domesticated, adopted by us, now known as Mork. Likes sunflower seeds but not banana. What breed is it? See photo here
posted by lapsang at 5:44 AM - 12 answers

August 22

Hummingbird nectar concentrate
I have been using a 1:4 sugar to water ratio for our feeders. Will I get the same concentration by maiking a 1:1 ratio and then diluting the concentrate by a 1:3 ratio of concentrate to plain water? It seems right but I am second guessing myself. Thank you.
posted by harrietthespy at 6:35 PM - 10 answers

August 21

What would the Kittah Monks name her?
I wander into the room calling out, "hey beautiful" to the gorgeous five year old kitty I just adopted. She was named the same in Italian and though she is, the name is just a little too precious for my tastes. [more inside]
posted by squeak at 7:01 PM - 36 answers

August 20

What are these tiny growths on my cat's carpal pads (near the dew claw)?
The other day I happened to notice these little growths on my cat's carpal pads. The rest of her claws, including her dew claw are normal and I trim them regularly. For some reason, I either have not noticed these growths on her carpal pad or they're new. I've included a picture of each paw inside. [more inside]
posted by DorothySmith at 2:17 PM - 9 answers

NeedHelpWithaHorseFilter: Inherited a horse in Vermont. What to do?
I inherited a riding horse when my father died a few years ago. Until recently I was able to provide for it at a relatively low cost, but that is changing and I am in a dilemma as to what to do. Looking for possible solutions, especially from resident Vermont Mefites. [more inside]
posted by jeremias at 6:13 AM - 13 answers

August 18

EntomologyFilter: What is this?
Can you help me identify this larva? Pictures inside. [more inside]
posted by nzero at 8:31 PM - 2 answers

August 16

A vet too far...
Tess HATEZ THE CARZ but she's not doing too well. The vet is an hour away. We don't have a cat carry box. [more inside]
posted by Kerasia at 6:13 PM - 25 answers

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