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July 10

Dog filter: What are the dark patches on puppies' bellies?

I've noticed that all of my dogs (and most puppies in general) have had some irregular, dark splotches on their bellies and underarms (underlegs?) that fade with age. Kind of like liver spots on older humans, but larger and darker, and generally much lighter by about one year of age. What are these called, and can they be used to estimate a dog's age? Curious because I've noticed them on all of the dogs I've ever had, but nothing turns up on google, except for pathological conditions.
posted by stillmoving at 11:19 AM - 12 answers

Adopted a Cat - Afraid I Made a Mistake

I went to the store to buy dog food yesterday, and ended up adopting a kitten. I have thought about adopting a cat for quite a long time, but have always talked myself out of it. Now I'm terrified that if we don't horrible mistake, and worry that I should give her back now she still little. [more inside]
posted by aka_anon at 10:56 AM - 41 answers

July 6

Help with fear-based territorially aggressive dog - meds?

This is Pasquale (my user photo). I’m considering asking our vet to try a pharmacological approach to his fear-based territorial/visitor aggression. Have you gone this route? Do you possibly have another (non medicinal) approach we can try? Apologies for the length inside. [more inside]
posted by elkerette at 5:21 PM - 11 answers

July 5

What sort of snake is this?

Found in North Western New Jersey. http://imgur.com/fbGf9vf
posted by miniape at 9:11 AM - 4 answers

Five day cat charm offensive

Last week I adopted two 12 year old cats, Mungo and Rum. They have been settling in well in all practical ways apart from the fact they are scared of me, hiss at me and won't be in the same room as me unless they can help it. I've taken three days off work next week, so with the weekend that's five consecutive days where I plan to be home so they can get used to me. How can I make the most of it? [more inside]
posted by litereally at 3:39 AM - 26 answers

July 3

Dealing with dog anxiety and bad habits

My parents' dog is not allowed inside the house. I let her inside for two nights because it was very hot -- 105F -- outside. But now any time I go inside and leave her alone, she's frantic and begs to be let in. She already has separation anxiety. [more inside]
posted by mmmleaf at 9:46 PM - 37 answers

July 2

Have dog, will stumble!

I am a new user to a cane and am having a hard time managing on-leash walking with my dog while also hobbling on. I can't afford a trainer or a dog walker so can anyone give me links or tips on how to manage mobility issue + happy hyper dog? [more inside]
posted by kanata at 2:59 PM - 15 answers

July 1

Have old doggo, will travel.

I would like to get this Old Man into this bike basket, and safely drive him around. What’s the best way to do that? [more inside]
posted by functionequalsform at 9:29 AM - 10 answers

June 28

Hiking with a puppy?

How old should a dog be before being taken on long hikes? [more inside]
posted by BeaverTerror at 1:22 PM - 11 answers

Blind dog flinching on walks

I have a 13 year old Pomeranian with diabetes and cataracts. He can discern light and the absence of light but that's about it. He's been pretty good at navigating his environment for four years now. Certain things would always cause him to flinch, like sharp noises. But recently, about three weeks ago, the flinching started to occur his during walks, and it's more extreme, to the point where I think he is hurting from all the stress. What seems to trigger it is light and shadow. [more inside]
posted by spacefire at 1:04 PM - 13 answers

June 27

New kitten seems stuck on eating adult cat food

I was unable to resist adopting a stray kitten from a co-worker. During the five days the co-worker had her, she was eating dry food meant for indoor adult cats. Now she won't switch. Is this a problem? [more inside]
posted by twoif at 4:17 PM - 20 answers

June 26

Name these dogs.

Can you help name these beautiful creatures? [more inside]
posted by a sourceless light at 8:18 PM - 23 answers

Adorable animals to follow on Snapchat 🐾

I'd love to follow more Snapchat accounts that feature cute animals! Extra bonus points for: [more inside]
posted by dire at 11:42 AM - 5 answers

June 24

Small dog has turned into large poop machine

In the past couple of days, our terrier/schnauzer mutt has suddenly starting pooping so much that it seems to defy the law of conservation of mass. Help me decide if this is a bland-diet-for-a-couple-of-days situation, or a get-thee-to-a-vet-now situation. (Sorry for the wall-o-poop inside) [more inside]
posted by the return of the thin white sock at 9:43 AM - 7 answers

June 22

Where to go in Los Angeles with my cat on Friday afternoon?

On Friday, my building will receive a much-welcome visit from The Exterminator. That means that I'll have to be out of my loft for about three hours with Garbo, Queen of All She Surveys. We can't really go to a neighbor's because the whole building is being treated, and so far none of my friends have offered to host a visit. Anyone have any suggestions about where I can go in LA with a pissed-off cat, preferably air-conditioned? [more inside]
posted by ljshapiro at 11:38 AM - 9 answers

June 21

A dog's coat keeps it cool: fact or fiction?

I see a lot of lightweight articles of dubious scientific merit claiming that one should not shave down a dog's coat in the summer because it actually helps keep it cool during the summer. Can someone point me to actual science that upholds or refutes this claim? [more inside]
posted by drlith at 8:34 PM - 12 answers

Can we stick a stamp on a dog?

The death of a family member means a dog (jack russell terrier) is probably coming to live with us. We need to find a way to get the dog across the country safely on its own. Train? Plane? Dog-mobile? [more inside]
posted by instead of three wishes at 7:18 PM - 9 answers

June 20

Train the cats, train the kids?

I have inherited two kittens (now almost a year old). One of them is continually scratching my elementary-aged kids. I have had no luck training the kids in cat body language, because it seems to go from cuddly-and-purring to face-scratching instantly. [more inside]
posted by instamatic at 3:46 PM - 27 answers

Puppy Poop Schedule

How often does your dog need to go outside (pee or poop) and how do you know when it's time? [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow at 9:56 AM - 8 answers

Kitten Nurses on Himself

My 3 month old kitten began nursing on his own nipples 3 days after adopting him. I've owned him for two weeks so far. He does this ritual immediately before preparing for bed (with my husband and I) and sometimes during the day before he naps. Is there a way this can be stopped, or has it already turned into a (bad) habit? Someone suggested a (pet's) shirt that can cover his nipples. Another suggested "calming" spray just before bed. Is there an ointment I can rub on his nipples that tastes DISGUSTING to prevent him from continuing to do this? Please help!
posted by scarbo at 7:42 AM - 17 answers

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