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January 4

Please diagnose my pup.

My dog has vague symptoms (lethargy, weight loss) and normal blood work. Help me figure out whether we should continue testing, or I'm being an overprotective pup mom. [more inside]
posted by bluloo at 7:56 PM - 10 answers

January 3

Cats and dogs, oh my!

I want to get a kitty! How do I make this work with my housemate's relatively untrained resident dog? Hope me, pet-knowledgeable humans of Metafilter. [more inside]
posted by danceswithlight at 10:45 AM - 9 answers

January 1

Background check my puppy!

I adopted a dog with a small tattoo that I'm assuming serves as some kind of identifier. I'd like to find out what information is available about her as I know almost nothing about her except for what the rescuing vet told me. Help me find out what the tattoo means and if I can find out her birthdate and breeder/state/area of origin. [more inside]
posted by Fuego at 4:58 PM - 7 answers

December 31, 2016

The Dog(s) That Didn't Bark in the Nightime

Last night, a teenage prankster rang our doorbell at 1:30 a.m. We have security cam evidence, but that's not my question. My question is, why didn't the dogs bark? [more inside]
posted by Short Attention Sp at 4:02 PM - 16 answers

Less expensive dog teeth cleaning options in Seattle

Where can I go to get my dog's teeth cleaned in Seattle without completely blowing my budget? [more inside]
posted by quiet coyote at 12:12 PM - 8 answers

Giving a cat saline injections without assistance.

I'm looking for tips to single-handedly inject saline solution into a cat without another human helper. Details inside, so people can skip the ugly, stabby bits. [more inside]
posted by eotvos at 11:11 AM - 16 answers

December 30, 2016

Rescuing an abandoned pet bird

My immediate family member has abandoned a beloved pet green-cheek conure at a relative's house. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:35 PM - 6 answers


Help me think of a suitable name for my recently adopted kitten! [more inside]
posted by easy, lucky, free at 3:02 PM - 68 answers

How can I be a more responsible dog owner?

I have a wonderful, sweet, and normally very friendly dog. When we got home she was unleashed on her way inside and uncharacteristically went after an unleashed neighbors dog, that we had never interacted with before, on our way inside. Complications, she's a Great Dane and the neighbors dog is a very small Pomeranian. [more inside]
posted by Marinara at 2:55 PM - 14 answers

Kitten Times Two

So, I got this handsome fella as my husband's Xmas gift. He is world's most awesome kitten. We fell for his sister, too, and plan to adopt her next weekend. (He's on the left, she's on far right.) Any thoughts, hive mind, on raising two kittens from the same litter? I've done two kittens before, but never related ones.
posted by bearwife at 1:13 PM - 21 answers

Ask mefi's favorite game: Name That Cat!

I recently adopted an adorable new kitty friend, but I’m stumped on what to call him, so I've come to the cat naming experts of mefi for help. More pictures and descriptions of New Kitty inside. [more inside]
posted by litera scripta manet at 12:00 PM - 64 answers

December 26, 2016

Where Can We Get a Shih Tzu?

My husband and I live in the Bay Area and really want a Shih Tzu/Shih Tzu mix (the other breed also having a long/non-shedding coat) puppy or very young adult dog. [more inside]
posted by bookworm4125 at 8:17 PM - 7 answers

December 22, 2016

Tell me your old dog stories.

We adopted a senior dog 2 months ago. This week we found out that he has cancer. Talk me through all of this. [more inside]
posted by kmr at 11:59 AM - 41 answers

Can/should I bring a dog into my life?

I find myself wanting a dog but am not sure it's a realistic to fit into my schedule as a person that works full time and lives alone. I'm envisioning an older or even elderly dog from an animal shelter- my only requirements are at least medium sized and short haired. I had a rescue greyhound as a kid who was PERFECT, but I'm aware they're not really typical dogs. Please tell me if my life is dog-compatible: [more inside]
posted by genmonster at 8:34 AM - 33 answers

December 20, 2016

Get thee (and thy dog) to the airport

First, pet tax. Tomorrow my dog and I fly home for the holidays! Only problem: I don't have a car, and my dog's crate is a big one (30" x 27" x 40"). [more inside]
posted by MrBobinski at 6:29 PM - 9 answers

December 18, 2016

Seeking holy grail of cat litter catchment

My cats are excellent at tracking cat litter everywhere. I wish to contain it. What is the absolute best cat litter mat available? [more inside]
posted by bookdragoness at 9:30 PM - 16 answers

December 17, 2016

My dog sucks at walking.

I adopted a dog about a month ago and she is awful at walking. It's driving me crazy. How can I stop the pulling, circling, leash-tangling, etc? [more inside]
posted by hafehd at 4:01 PM - 20 answers

December 16, 2016

Should I feed a wild rabbit?

A wild rabbit made my summer garden (perennials) into its home. Now the garden is covered in snow and negative degree temps. The rabbit is still living there, I guess just hanging out on the snow. I want to feed it, give it warmth, etc. is this a good idea or not? What would I feed it? How could I give it warmth?
posted by Jason and Laszlo at 9:05 AM - 16 answers

December 14, 2016

Dachshund with swollen feet needs help!

We have a wonderful seven year old female Dachshund that has a recurring issue with swelling feet. The frequency has gradually increased as she ages. Primarily effects the front paws. Our old vet wanted to do exploratory surgery on all four to look for ingrown hairs! We declined and tried another doctor. A high dose of antibiotics were given back in August with short term success. Now the problem has returned and it’s the definitely the worst round yet. She has a doctor’s appointment in the morning. Any similar issues/solutions?
posted by EightballBill at 8:23 PM - 11 answers

December 11, 2016

Another traveling with dog question: flying edition!

We want to bring our wee dog on a JetBlue flight in a couple months. The airline restrictions state that the carrier can be no taller than 8.5 inches and the dog has to stand and move with ease in the carrier. Our seven pound dog fits fine in the carrier, but he can't quite stand in it. Can only eight inch tall dogs fly? Adding to my frustration is that I've seen people on JetBlue flights with bigger carriers and bigger dogs. Do you work for an airline and can you shed any light on this? Or have you flown JetBlue with your dog before? Help!
posted by cakelite at 11:24 AM - 2 answers

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