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May 19

My Dog is Really Sick.

My dog has been sick for about 6 months and things are getting critical. I need advice, please. My heart is breaking here. [more inside]
posted by alltomorrowsparties at 12:37 AM - 30 answers

May 18

Should She Be Playing with Me? (And More Newbie Dog Questions)

This is my dog and I have some dumb questions. I had dumb questions in this post too, but now I have more of them. [more inside]
posted by frumiousb at 5:36 PM - 25 answers

Cold War-influenced, all-gender cat name

I'm looking for a name for our new cat, who is fluffy and has white boots on all of her feet. [more inside]
posted by analog at 12:43 PM - 54 answers

How to interpret feline EKG results?

We took our 14 year-old cat went in for what was supposed to be a routine dental procedure yesterday, but a pre-surgery EKG detected a heart anomaly, so she referred us to a cardiologist for an echo cardiogram. The cardiologist estimated it would cost "between $500-$800", which is a lot of money to spend if this turns out to be nothing. You're not my vet, but how would you assess the risks in this situation to make an informed decision? [more inside]
posted by tonycpsu at 11:54 AM - 9 answers

Defluff my life

I have a dog. He is shedding. A lot. I use lint rollers to get most of the hairs off my clothes but the blankets I use to protect the furniture are really covered in hair. What's the most effortless way to get it off them? Surely there is something more straightforward than lint rollers or try to hoover them. (I am brushing the dog and the floors frequently.)
posted by roolya_boolya at 11:15 AM - 24 answers

May 15

Another Round of Name Those Cats

My new cats need names! After mourning the loss of my best friend Minnie (who was with me for 21 years), I've taken munchingzombie's advice to heart and adopted two new buddies from the shelter. [more inside]
posted by soonertbone at 6:08 PM - 26 answers

May 14

What bird is this?

What bird is this? [more inside]
posted by Talez at 2:14 PM - 11 answers

What do we do with this poor turtle?

Found a turtle in a parking lot yesterday afternoon. Can't figure out what to do with the poor thing. Please read the entire post if you want to offer advice. [more inside]
posted by mysterious_stranger at 6:49 AM - 10 answers

May 13

My Bengal kitten is a special kind of crazy and I need answers

Our 10 month old bengal kitten plays *hard*. When we're playing, or when she wants to play more than we do, she puffs up her tail and arches her back and does that weird crab-shuffle and then laps around the house. I'm concerned because in my head arched back and puffed tail equals stressed out cat, but with her it seems to be associated with intense play. This behavior is also never associated with attacking us or being aggressive. I'm aware that bengals are, uh, crazy, but is this within the bounds of how bengals are? This is daily behavior. [more inside]
posted by BuddhaInABucket at 10:07 AM - 25 answers

May 12

Cat had a muscle contraction attack

Can anyone help figure out what happened to my cat? [more inside]
posted by mayonnaises at 3:31 PM - 15 answers

Which GPS tracker to buy for my 55lb dog

I am interested in feedback from people who have purchased GPS tracking devices for their cat or dogs. Did it work? What is the best feature of your product? What is the worst feature? What other trackers have you tried? I am looking for the best tracker for finding my dog if he disappears on a walk or hike.
posted by Coffee Bean at 10:48 AM - 4 answers

How do urban dog owners handle transportation?

I don't have a car, and I want to adopt a dog. How can that work? Can I handle having a medium-size dog? [more inside]
posted by R a c h e l at 9:54 AM - 22 answers

Help us manage kitty's end-of-life.

How can we manage our kitty's end-of-life well, and help our 10-year-old daughter cope? (Recs for age-appropriate, non-religious books on separation, loss, sickness, or death welcome.) [more inside]
posted by moira at 1:18 AM - 24 answers

May 10

Should I do something about my rat's dead toe?

We have an elderly (3+ year old) rat. A few days ago, he got a toe caught in a baby blanket in his cage, and the frayed end wrapped so tightly around one of his toes that I had to cut it off. There was a little bit of the string left there afterwards, and when I went to check on him last night, I realized that the entire toe now looks dead and skeletal. Should I do anything? I [more inside]
posted by missrachael at 10:37 AM - 7 answers

Chickenfilter: What bedding for run?

Everyone on the internet seems to have Very Strong Opinions about the best material for the floor of a chicken coop and run. (In the coop I use pine shavings, so I've got that covered.) My priority is ease of keeping it clean. I don't want to be that lady on the block with the smelly chickens. And obviously something that is healthy for my girls. [more inside]
posted by soren_lorensen at 5:48 AM - 6 answers

May 9

New rescue dog lunged at vet; how concerned should I be?

I adopted a 4-year-old Shar Pei a week ago who has been nothing but friendly to everyone so far. Today we went to the vet for the first time and he lunged at her (no contact made and I'm not sure if he was really trying to make contact) with fairly ferocious growling. [more inside]
posted by ABCApplePie at 8:16 PM - 17 answers

May 6

What breed of sheep is this?

What breed of UK sheep is this? Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by Quillcards at 11:05 AM - 7 answers

May 5

My dog injured a friend's dog - what are my ethical responsibilities?

As the title says, my dog- an 100 lb Alaskan Malamute - injured my acquaintance/ friends' dog - a 22 lb corgi. Snowflakes of the situation inside. I want to do the right thing, of course, and would like your help in figuring out where my responsibilities start and end. (Corgi will recover fully in a couple of weeks and is already back to her stupid and cheerful self, for which I'm VERY glad, given the size differential of the dogs in this fight.) [more inside]
posted by Jaclyn at 1:59 PM - 61 answers

What to do about Bob the cat (lung cancer diagnosis)

My 11-year-old cat most likely has lung cancer with a poor prognosis. Aside from the heartbreak, I don’t know how to proceed in terms of surgery versus no surgery. [more inside]
posted by cat friend at 5:39 AM - 14 answers

May 3

Keeping my dog's ears after she dies

I want to save my dog's ears after she dies, but I'm not sure what I need to know & do. [more inside]
posted by Rocky Mtn Erica at 6:20 PM - 16 answers

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