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November 22

What does MRROW MMROOW MROOOOW *stuffed cow* mean from a cat?

Any theories as to what my cat thinks she's doing when she meows loudly and brings me her stuffed toys? [more inside]
posted by microcarpetus at 8:38 PM - 33 answers

November 21

How and where to get special training for a dog?

Is it possible to get a dog trained to help someone who suffers from episodes of dementia? Specifically, could a dog be trained to help someone who will go for walks without their shoes, keys etc., ending up lost and unsure of how they got there? [more inside]
posted by keeo at 6:18 PM - 2 answers

San Fransisco Corgi.

My girlfriend's birthday is next weekend, and I'd love to surprise her with an hour or two or seven of playing with a corgi in a park, somewhere in SF. [more inside]
posted by So You're Saying These Are Pants? at 12:13 PM - 11 answers

November 20

Can you identify this prehistoric insect?

I have a large piece of amber with a couple of tiny insects embedded in it. Can anyone identify this one? It's tiny--probably less than 2mm long.
posted by tybstar at 7:59 PM - 6 answers

November 19

Did Purina Beneful make my dog sick?

One of our miniature dachshunds is deathly ill, vomiting and pooping blood. He's at the emergency vet overnight. My husband started feeding our dogs Purina Beneful four days ago and when I did a search to see if there has been any sort of recall I found this page full of people reporting similarly sick dogs. [more inside]
posted by Jacqueline at 6:07 PM - 19 answers

How to deal with memories from an animal attack?

I recently lost my pet cat to a coyote attack. I think I'm dealing with the grief of his death OK, but I'm feeling a little murkier about the trauma from the actual incident, which I was present for. [more inside]
posted by BuddhaInABucket at 9:30 AM - 11 answers

Cat full of tubes

Has your cat ever had a food tube? Please tell me good things [more inside]
posted by carnivoregiraffe at 8:44 AM - 10 answers

November 18

my puppy be pawing

My dog is scratching at her ear a lot but it doesn't fit any online definition of an infection. Is there anything I can do to help her or is it a vet thing? [more inside]
posted by kanata at 6:31 PM - 10 answers

I do love your head butts... but I've got stuff to do

My little kitty Binky has grown really needy over the last few days and I have no idea what's going on with her! [more inside]
posted by JenThePro at 10:43 AM - 16 answers

November 17

Looking for a service dog, or an almost service dog.

My friend could really benefit from a service dog. Unfortunately the waitinglist in Ontario is around two years long. She doesn't need a full-service service dog, i.e. she doesn't need a fully trained seeing eye dog. Is there a breed and training school that would best help her? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:17 PM - 11 answers

November 16

Looking for a (very) durable cat litter scoop

The title pretty much says it all. The last few litter box scoops we've bought have broken, which is getting a bit frustrating. Can you recommend any to us that can last? [more inside]
posted by Verdandi at 7:49 PM - 20 answers

November 15

What's my name?

This young gentleman will be joining my family of two other cats later today. I'm at a loss for names. [more inside]
posted by gilsonal at 8:07 AM - 76 answers

November 12

Wouf wouf.

Inspired by this post on the blue, I was wondering if MeFites who have gotten their beloved French bulldogs from good breeders would care to share some info. [more inside]
posted by Sheydem-tants at 12:06 PM - 6 answers

Feeding a sick elderly dog

What to do for an elderly, sick, underweight dog who won't eat his prescription food? [more inside]
posted by quiet coyote at 7:26 AM - 15 answers

November 11

possible kitten ringworm

I adopted a 10 week old kitten from the aspca on 10/31. He went for a booster shot today and the vet said he might have a touch of ringworm. One of his toes lost a little fur. It has been that way for two days and he was acting normally and I knew he was going to the vet so I let it go. The vet gave me a sulphur-y bath thing and clipped some of his fur to test. They explained to put the collar on him so he can't lick the solution but didn't say to do anything else. Is the bath all I need to do? [more inside]
posted by the twistinside at 9:06 PM - 8 answers

Dog boots snow

I'm looking for dog boot recommendations. We use mushers paw wax, but we run in the snow/ice in Minnesota. I'd like some boots as back on I bought a of Good2go Extreme weather boots. After one 2 mile run the fabric is cracking and they stay on most of the time but not as well as hoped. Shes a red heeler mix if that helps at all. any recommendations for dogs+running+snow are much appreciated.
posted by misformiche at 7:07 PM - 9 answers

how to tell my new deaf cat to please not lick off my face?

I adopted 3 cats from the local shelter on Saturday. One of them is deaf, and I'm realizing that I don't really know how to express disapproval for things like determinedly trying to lick my face off. Details (and pictures) under the cut. [more inside]
posted by ari_ at 3:35 PM - 19 answers

Putting a cat to sleep in Durham

Sooner than any of us would like, we're going to have to put one of our cats to sleep. I've never done this before. Looking for a Durham, NC area vet who can come to our home, and for a pet cremation service. [more inside]
posted by Coatlicue at 10:42 AM - 17 answers

November 10

You rang?

Now that it's getting colder, I won't be leaving the back door open all the time for the dogs to go in and out. With my Dane, this is not such an issue, but with the Beagles it kind of is. I would like to train them to do something like ring a bell attached to the door when they need to go out. [more inside]
posted by PlantGoddess at 10:43 AM - 9 answers

November 9

Cat Aggression

My 1.5 yr old cat will escalate grooming/playing with other cats into aggressive biting. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by kittensofthenight at 11:08 AM - 12 answers

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