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August 12

Mosquito repellent collar for cats?
Does such a thing exist, and if so, where can I buy it? Thanks.
posted by Jacqueline at 8:19 PM - 3 answers

August 11

Tell me about your awesome vet in Northern Virginia!
I've been in the area a couple years now, and my vet experience for my cats has been less than satisfactory. And the sticker shock! I adore my cats, but damn. I am in the Arlington area, but am willing to drive into the surrounding suburbs. Thanks in advance.
posted by backwards compatible at 3:14 PM - 8 answers

August 10

Do I need to see a vet tonight about this dog's 30 hours of poop issues?
Adult dog strained a lot and often trying to poop yesterday, and hasn't had a big poop in 30 hours - but he has managed a bit of poop recently and is behaviorally fine. When is vet time? Lots of poop within. [more inside]
posted by nicodine at 4:49 PM - 11 answers

Cat canker sores defying treatment & getting worse. Hope me?
Pointy cat, an 8 year old neutered male, has been treated for 4+ years for canker sores (sometimes called "rodent ulcers") in his mouth. This past few days, he has become much worse. Many details follow. [more inside]
posted by pointystick at 7:22 AM - 5 answers

August 8

Is it normal for a whale to bleed when begining their dive?
Calling all marine biologists! Question about whales and their health inside. [more inside]
posted by smcniven at 8:21 PM - 6 answers

Need a non-allergen, homemade recipe, for canine pill pockets.
Can you help me find, or design, a homemade non-allergen pill pocket for dogs recipe? [more inside]
posted by magnoliasouth at 12:39 PM - 26 answers

How can we help our cats survive a construction project on our house?
Our contractor is about to begin building an addition on our house. (Yay!) However, we have two very sensitive indoors-only cats who get stressed out easily, and we're told the noise is going to be intense for about a month, and especially during the demolition phase. (Boo!) I welcome any and all ideas for reducing our cats' (and our own) stress for the duration of this long project, short of boarding them elsewhere. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by Janey Complainy at 12:33 PM - 10 answers

August 7

Spider ID
I saw a cool spider and I'm curious what it is, but I didn't have a camera on hand. It was pale, about a centimeter long with brown stripes. At first I thought it only had 4 legs, but upon closer inspection I saw 4 more legs grouped together by where its "head" should be. 2 of those legs were slightly longer, almost looking like faux-antennas. I thought it was an ant at first, but it was clearly spinning a web.
posted by gorbweaver at 2:16 PM - 6 answers

August 3

Hello, what is this bug?
Hello, I found this bug. Can you tell me what is it, please? [more inside]
posted by Brainy at 10:14 PM - 4 answers

Minute rice and dog diarrhea
Is instant rice bad for dogs who have diarrhea? [more inside]
posted by Countess Elena at 2:06 PM - 15 answers

Do I need to use flea prevention now that we are home in the high desert
Should I actively treat our dog, who seems to have acquired fleas on a recent oceanside vacation, now that we are home in our dry climate? [more inside]
posted by ragtimepiano at 10:28 AM - 11 answers

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

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 - 44 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

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