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January 9

Coaxing a cat with a sore mouth to eat?

So this was me, but unfortunately I don't think I will have to worry about his long term companion. My surviving cat was *also* diagnosed with a different cancer. His was operable, and the healing process is okay, but he doesn't want to eat. I have 48 hours to get him eating normally before we go to a feeding tube. You are not my vet. My vet sees him so often he is officially sick of both of us, but maybe you have been successful in a similar case? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by frumiousb at 7:46 PM - 32 answers

January 8

What breed of dog is this?

Trying to pinpoint my dog's origins. [more inside]
posted by hollypolly at 3:30 PM - 28 answers

My neighbor's dog hates my dog

A neighbor's dog completely and utterly flips out whenever my dog and I come within 200 ft of it. I'm worried about my dog's safety but I'm not sure what to do/say. [more inside]
posted by schroedingersgirl at 6:39 AM - 28 answers

January 7

How to make decisions while going through grief

Our sweet 7 year old kitty died yesterday after a fight with aggressive cancer. My spouse and I need to find ways to function. [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 2:16 PM - 12 answers

I would like to own a hedgehog. What do I need to know?

Hedgehogs: they are so cute. I hear they make a good pet. What do I need to know? [more inside]
posted by sutel at 5:07 AM - 10 answers

January 6

What animal is tis desiccated carcass?

A friend snapped this photo and is wondering what it is. [more inside]
posted by BeaverTerror at 6:10 AM - 12 answers

January 5

Best yarn for dog sweaters for daily wear?

I need to knit/crochet my dachshunds some sweaters since regular dog sweaters aren't long enough for wiener dog body shapes. Our dogs would wear these every day (not just as occasional costumes on holidays) and thus these sweaters would be subjected to a lot of wear and tear and go through the wash frequently. What kind of yarn would be best for this particular application? Thanks!
posted by Jacqueline at 10:30 PM - 9 answers

Scared for my puppy, please help!

My beloved puppy (male, uncut, 9 months) is growling and being aggressive. We received a call from our apartment manager that there had been a complaint. I am terrified that this will happen again and they will try to evict us, or report him as a dangerous dog and try to kill him. Please help either with strategies or anxiety management or sanity check. I love him and am desperate. [more inside]
posted by corb at 2:35 PM - 68 answers

December 31, 2015

Firework-phobic dog home alone on NYE?

We haven't been out on New Year's Eve in the six years we've had this big baby, Clyde Drexler (obligatory photo - we like to call this his OK Cupid profile pic). This year, we have an offer we can't refuse. [more inside]
posted by Sweetie Darling at 7:06 AM - 10 answers

December 28, 2015

Help me save this sweetie

I'm talking to someone on craigslist about a really sketchy dog adoption. What's the ethical thing to do to ensure the best outcome for me and for the dog? [more inside]
posted by R a c h e l at 4:40 PM - 30 answers

December 21, 2015

Neighbourhood watch: Is this dog-abuse or am I being overly sensitive?

My neighbour is exhibiting strange behaviour towards their dog but as a non-pet owner, I am unaware of how unruly dogs are 'handled'. Advice? [more inside]
posted by ihaveyourfoot at 5:07 AM - 26 answers

December 19, 2015

How to help a grieving elderly cat?

I just suddenly lost the younger of my two cats to an aggressive cancer. (The cat who just died is on the right, the survivor is on the left.) Aside from being heartbroken myself, I'm extremely worried about the other 14 year old cat. He and she were largely inseparable, and had been together 11 years. How do I help him in the short term and what would your best advice be about the long term? [more inside]
posted by frumiousb at 6:08 PM - 12 answers

December 15, 2015

At wit's end with a new puppy. Please help.

A couple nights ago, we brought home a spunky nine-week-old Pointer/Lab mix from The North Shore Animal League. We did this after the sudden passing of our beloved Westie, who died at 13 from rapidly progressing cancer. I don't know. Maybe we did this too quickly. Maybe we weren't ready for the CONSTANT chewing, peeing, biting and jumping. But the fact is he's here. The animal lover in me is telling me that his behavior isn't his fault, and bringing him back to the shelter is an absolute LAST resort, bordering on impossible, for my family and I. But we don't know how much more we can take. Help? WOT inside, sorry. [more inside]
posted by marsbar77 at 8:51 AM - 52 answers

December 14, 2015

Should I get my 5 year old cat a kitten friend?

My cat is very playful and meows for attention a lot. I’m wondering if maybe he would like a playmate but I'm afraid that he might hate it. [more inside]
posted by figaro at 9:38 PM - 26 answers

Help with deciding on dog breed for girlfriend.

My girlfriend wants a smaller dog to live in our suburban house with fenced in yard, to get along with our 4 year old Border Collie, and we're not sure which breed would work best. [more inside]
posted by quickasfoxes at 5:25 PM - 26 answers

Recommend a non-chafing collar for 75lb. dog?

Friend's dog wears a Spindrift safety collar and the neoprene lining protects fur, but the buckle chafes. [more inside]
posted by morganw at 2:14 PM - 3 answers

i just want to sleep, cat

I adopted my adorable and otherwise perfect adult cat about 6 months ago. She is a very vocal cat, and likes to meow about all kinds of stuff, which is generally pretty cute. However, she will not stop meowing at exactly 4:30 a.m. [more inside]
posted by a hat out of hell at 6:24 AM - 26 answers

December 12, 2015

Name that Dog in One (post)

Hi! I'm MMDP! You may remember me from posts such as this one! Well, we took the advice, and waited, and looked ... [more inside]
posted by Martha My Dear Prudence at 1:03 PM - 36 answers

Help bring an abandoned cat inside

How can I integrate an elderly cat into a house that already has two cats, when she doesn't like other cats one little bit? [more inside]
posted by dilettante at 8:38 AM - 10 answers

December 11, 2015

You are not my vet, but I'm worried mine may be in over their head

We have a 10 month old pit mix, that is the sweetest best dog I've ever had. Last Thursday she had diarrhea, was straining, and having a bloody mucousy discharge. We took her to the emergency vet, they did a fecal (no parasites) and said it was likely just a bacterial colitis, and the bloody discharge was a result of her colon being so inflamed and irritated. [more inside]
posted by Quincy at 8:30 AM - 11 answers

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