My 17-year old orange longhair has become quite outside-the-box in his pooping habits. Every change we make in an attempt to corral the problem results in it getting worse. I'm at my wits' end. More details inside. [more inside] posted by KathrynT at 12:55 PM - 25 answers
I've adopted a dog from a local shelter, and I may have made a terrible mistake. I'm seriously thinking of returning her, but I've had her less than half a day. See details inside. [more inside] posted by jrochest at 2:29 AM - 60 answers
Hi everyone. This is a bit of a follow-up to my previous question. So our second and final goldfish died today (don't think this one was ammonia poisoning, was fine last night and belly up-dead this morning). I want to take this opportunity to set up the tank properly and do better by the next fishies, because we weren't very prepared for these ones a few months ago, and sort of learned on the fly. I have a few questions. (Lots of detail inside because I don't want to forget anything.) [more inside] posted by gaspode at 7:16 PM - 6 answers
Our dog, a two-year-old rescued black lab mix has two bad habits which we'd like to train her out of: she chews on things that aren't hers, and she counter-surfs with a vengeance. In both cases the worst behavior happens in rooms we're not in, and it can happen quickly. Too often the damage is done before we have chance to startle her away from the scene of the crime. I'd love to know what training techniques have worked for others in similar situations. [more inside] posted by Songdog at 8:11 AM - 12 answers
On Sunday, I used a no-rinse waterless shampoo on my cat Fave.
It's supposed to be totally safe for cats and dogs-- but yesterday he started to lose his voice and now he's down to squeaking. His ears and paws aren't hot, so he doesn't seem to have a fever, and he's acting totally normally. The only difference is, his usually-demanding meows are now down to pathetic squeaks. [more inside] posted by lockstitch at 7:59 AM - 10 answers
What does Ontario's breed specific legislation look like in reality for (non-grandfathered) 'pit bull' owners? How strict is this law? Please tell me your real-life experiences here. [more inside] posted by tamarack at 5:49 PM - 3 answers
I have an older cat, 16 years old, in good health. She's not using her cat box to piddle, leaving a nice wet spot on the floor just outside her cat box. What can I do to retrain her to use it? [more inside] posted by diode at 8:36 AM - 21 answers
After 9 years, we've reached the end of our tether trying to control our German Shepherd x Border Collie. Not content with climbing over our 8-ft high fences, he's now taken to breaking out the windows of our house. Is there any hope for him, and what should we be trying? [more inside] posted by Jimbob at 9:50 PM - 48 answers
Our cat Dr. Wily has a favorite felt mouse. There's a few other mouse-like toys she likes, but this is the one she is excited about chasing and fetching without exception. She is also willing to not eat it, as she has done with many other toys. However, it is wearing down, and we'd like to get more. [more inside] posted by ignignokt at 9:27 AM - 6 answers
What I would love is for someone to bring the owl to my apartment's patio in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The owl will be skritched for about an hour, by 5 - 10 responsible, sober adults. Basically, this is my dream, but with an owl. [more inside] posted by ulfberht at 10:18 AM - 17 answers
My old guy has thing on his front leg that he won't stop licking. The cone can't stay on forever. I am pretty damned sure it is a wart since it looks kinda warty and, even though the area is reddened from the licking, my pulling and prodding doesn't cause him pain. I'm so tired of the emotional stress of the cone, for him and for me listening to him stress. I think I'm just going to let him have at it. Note: he's had what I thought was a skin tab there for ages, recently got bigger. I was worried it was something cancerous but it doesn't seem to cause him pain. Meh? posted by Foam Pants at 11:56 PM - 23 answers
My dog, aka the world's sweetest corgi, won't stop licking his paw. He's been wearing the cone of shame now for six months. What are we or the vet not thinking of? What else can we try? [more inside] posted by matty at 12:19 PM - 32 answers
A stray pit mix wandered up to my place a few days ago and has begun chewing on my car, destroying my brand new bumper and puncturing the sidewall of a tire. I called the Sheriff's office and a deputy was sent out to tell me that I can put the dog down myself but there's nothing they can do. I don't have the means to kill this dog, nor do I want to. What are my options? [more inside] posted by kpetrich at 2:12 PM - 38 answers
Overall, Seattle is very dog-friendly with lots of off-leash parks, stores and even dog-friendly restaurants. Some restaurants are known to be dog-friendly but most won't allow dogs. Their response is always directed at King County Health Code. I can't find anything in the Health Code besides rules for Service Animals. What decision do restaurant owners make when deciding that their restaurant is dog-friendly? Do they pay fines and just accept that as part of doing business? Is there a little-known regulation? Are they just counting on few inspections? Wondering about Seattle but if it's the same in your area, speak up. Thanks. posted by lois1950 at 12:32 AM - 10 answers
Does the Bay Area hive mind know of any resources 'round here (preferably East Bay) like described previously on the blue? Or perhaps a g-pig shelter or rescue that would like an occasional volunteer? I miss my piggies (may they RIP), and am craving some quality g-pig time, but adopting isn't an option with my current schedule. :( posted by susiswimmer at 10:31 PM - 3 answers
I inherited three turtles (1 min 34 sec YouTube video) from the previous tenant in my house in Taipei, Taiwan. I believe the one resting on a rock is a Brazilian turtle, but I have had no success trying to identify the other two, which are very shy.
I have checked Discover Life and scanned through Google Images (keywords: Taiwan turtles, China turtles), but that didn't help. Have I overlooked an obvious reference?
The two big ones eat standard turtle food; I have never seen the smallest one eat anything. Their pond breeds mosquitoes, but I don't know if it is safe to raise carp or fish in this pond to gobble up larvae. Can anybody help out? Maybe I could find some other way to handle the mosquito problem? posted by juifenasie at 3:33 AM - 5 answers
I need to buy an office/computer/work chair as a gift that will fit one person (tall thin woman) and her pembroke corgi dog. She wants to be able to sit and work, with enough space for a comfortable fit for her and her dog. Willing to sacrifice style for comfort and a low price. creative and diy solutions welcome! maybe something from ikea would work? thanks! posted by anonymous at 5:58 PM - 6 answers