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Tucker, the 8 month old mastiff rescue that we picked up this week (oblig.) is an anxious fellow and exhibits separation anxiety. No destruction yet, but constant pacing, whining, and eventually barking. Can anyone recommend a Chicagoland (preferably city) dog behaviorist? [more inside]
Our 15 year old cat has liver cancer - a diffuse carcinoma. We've just got the news from the vet and are trying to figure out the best course of action. Prior to this he's been hiding away, barely eating and drinking, not grooming and having trouble using the litter box. His mobility is now pretty poor. Chemo could extend his life, but should we? [more inside]
My cat (obligatory pic) has been struggling with some degree of ataxia in her hind legs for a few months now, and three entire vet practices are stumped about why. Maybe the wise MeFi hive mind can think of something that none of us have considered? What it isn't: diabetic neuropathy, kidney disease, injury, or (probably) lymphoma. [more inside]
I have a cat. I think I may want to adopt a second cat to be his friend. How do I know whether this is a good idea or not? Cat-shaped snowflakes and much angst below. [more inside]
My cat is peeing in the corner of the living room. This is an on and off pattern that's been going on for more than a year. I've managed to get it to stop several times, but it seems like each time he stops for a shorter period of time. I feel like I'm doing all the stuff I'm supposed to. Help! [more inside]
Where can I find a grassy field that is completely fenced in that I can rent for an afternoon in Massachusetts? I have two dogs, but one dog I can't bring to a dog park (he's reactive) but I'd like to run them outside. [more inside]
So I noticed on my dog's paperwork (after the fact) that the rabies vaccine my dog not at his last apt was expired 3 months before the date of injection! The vet tried to deny this when I confronted her with it saying it was just entered incorrectly by the tech however I said I will follow up with the manufacturer since I have the vial serial number on the paperwork and get answer directly from them. She then called to admit the expiration date written was correct and that it was expired so efficacy not guaranteed and asked for me to bring my dog back in so he can get another shot. My question is, is there any safety concerns or risk to my dog if he gets vaccinated with another rabies shot (which is supposed to last 3 years) only a month apart? Has this happened to anyone else? I'm very upset by this. Also the paperwork did not list exp date or serial number for the other vaccinations he got so I have no idea if they were also expired but just have to let that go I guess since I'm sure they would only lie to me if I asked about those without proof or serial number.
So, I've been planning on moving out of the country for several months now, and have been making plans to sublet my apartment for 2 months now. (I move out in a bit over a month.) My prospective subletter has rabbits for emotional support, with a letter from her psychiatrist supporting this. I just learned that my landlord won't allow the subletter I had lined up because her rabbits are "exotic pets". What do I say? Should I get my hopes up?
Tell me ways to clean giardia-infected dog poop from our grass. (Dog pics inside.) [more inside]
I own a pair of 7 year old sibling cats, Jack and Bellamy. They've spent their whole little lives together, never been apart, (normally) get along swimmingly. Two peas in a pod. Until yesterday. [more inside]
I will be traveling for 8 days. I'm worried about leaving my cat alone as she is very attached to me... [more inside]
Our 8 year old dog will be transitioning from living her whole life in a moderate sized house-with-yard to an apartment (70% of the size) with cement patio. Suggestions on making this as stress-free as possible for her? [more inside]
We are moving to our forever home very soon and it has a newish tree planted out front that we have been unable to identify. Online guides have been less than helpful. Help!
My vet has recently added a tip line to the credit card slip that I sign when checking out. Then, the office put a sign on the counter that read, tips are for boarding, grooming, (and a few other cosmetic services I can't remember). I want to do the right thing, and apparently here, it's tip the vet. I really mostly want to know if this is common or expected everywhere. [more inside]
I got bitten by a dog. Pretty good puncture wounds, definitely not a rabid dog. Doc friends are predicting augmentin. Already did alcohol and bacitracin. Would love not to go to my primary tomorrow. [more inside]
My dog ate a discarded piece of very well-chewed spearmint "Ice Cubes" gum. Is he in danger? [more inside]
One of our 15 year old kitties died about three weeks ago. His brother is showing a lot of typical symptoms of cat-grief. But his behavior is making us bonkers. Help! [more inside]
My 12 year old chihuahua mix Maxine had high ALT levels on her last 2 rounds of bloodwork. She is asymptomatic except for a decreased appetite. Does anybody have experience with canine liver supplements? There are a lot of options out there...
Is it fair/feasible to adopt my parent's cat, given my roommate's qualms and the two specific cats involved? I've read previous questions about re-homing, about the dangers of outdoor cats, etc, but am still torn and feeling terribly guilty about even considering saying no. Pictures of all involved cats inside. [more inside]
A small bird is repeatedly flying into our window with reckless abandon, similar to the one described in a previous thread, and we're wondering if anyone has any new ideas. The poor bird has been at it for several days now. Details of what we have tried so far inside. [more inside]