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June 25

Happy, Uplifting, Poems and Songs for a Dog Memorial Service

I am organising a non-religious Service of Remembrance for people to honour their departed dogs. I am after suggestions for appropriate poems and songs for this service. [more inside]
posted by DarlingBri at 8:30 AM - 14 answers

June 24

Betta with SBD

After fasting him for a few days, trying to feed him a blanched pea, and antibiotics, what is next step in a betta SBD treatment regimen? Should I fast him for a few more days and try a daphnia or epsom salts? Or is this likely a bacterial infection that antibiotics should fix? [more inside]
posted by Llamadogdad at 10:06 AM - 1 answers

June 23

Name this bird (Romanian edition)

A bird has taken up residence in a tree outside my apartment and its constant, repetitive calls at night are driving me nuts. I am hoping it will calm my nerves slightly if I at least know what type of bird it is. [more inside]
posted by oclipa at 12:47 PM - 10 answers

Sorry my dog peed on your kid's stuff

Last time I visited my niece with my dog, he peed on her toys, jeez louise, not embarrassing at all. When not around my niece, he's never peed in the house. I'm visiting them again soon. Is there anything I can do to prep for a pee-free visit? [more inside]
posted by Uncle Glendinning at 10:36 AM - 21 answers

June 21

Bad kitty...

Our cat has developed the habit of consistently pooping on our bed. Sometimes we're home, sometimes not. Luckily she still pees in the litter box, but we're afraid that's going to change. We keep the litter clean and are at our wits end. I adore this cat... I love her to pieces. I'm desperate to keep her, but this behavior is intolerable and needs to stop. What can we do? [more inside]
posted by onecircleaday at 8:56 AM - 18 answers

June 19

New Kitten: ADORB SIAMESE EDITION

Hello all, this little nuggo is coming home with me on the 30th. Baby Kitty [more inside]
posted by Dressed to Kill at 5:29 AM - 14 answers

June 18

Is there future dog danger from a dead raccoon?

I found a healthy-looking (well, aside from being dead) raccoon in my yard today. I don't currently have a dog, but friends occasionally drop by with their doggos and I don't want any dog friends to get something like distemper (which I understand is the leading cause of death among raccoons). If a dog visits, say two weeks from now, is there any likely danger to the pup from the spot where the racoon died? [more inside]
posted by maxwelton at 12:30 AM - 5 answers

June 16

Help with feline hyperthyroidism

Our cat was just diagnosed as being hyperthyroid. We need some real world advice on how to move forward. [more inside]
posted by pdb at 10:50 AM - 22 answers

June 15

Encouraging Dogs to Play Together? Should I? And how?

I have two dogs:
  • Black Jack, a 13 year old male Schipperke who I adopted in February
  • Licorice, an almost 5-year-old female Pomeranian/Pug/Cocker Spaniel/etc mix, who I've had for almost 2 years
After a few initial skirmishes, they coexist peacefully together for the most part, but almost entirely ignore each other. How can I (can I?) encourage them to play together? [more inside]
posted by pixiecrinkle at 9:51 AM - 14 answers

June 14

Animals are family

I heard someone of Native American descent say how they were raised to believe that wild animals are part of their family. (They are Seneca tribe.) I am looking for stories, texts, or myths that represent and justify this kind of Native relationship with animals. Ideally in the form of stories I can share with children.
posted by Jason and Laszlo at 7:36 AM - 3 answers

June 12

Where to buy novel protein dog food?

Hi, Our dog has been having skin/itching issues and our vet is suggesting trying a "novel protein" diet. Does anyone know of good brands to try for dry and wet dog food?
posted by massofintuition at 3:32 PM - 21 answers

June 10

Pets for family that travels

My son wants a pet. My wife and I are considering it. However, our family is out of the country for 8 - 10 weeks per year over the summer. Assuming we find a pet-sitter to come by the house while we are gone what are our options?
posted by askmehow at 5:12 AM - 31 answers

June 9

The Water Is Everywhere

My dog keeps playing in his water dish and making a mess. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by Sassyfras at 3:08 PM - 12 answers

June 8

Furminator - is it really bad for cats?

My cats shed - a lot. Help me decide if I should switch my grooming tool to a Furminator. [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 7:05 PM - 26 answers

Worried about my dog

Sorry, no pics, but my lovely German Shepherd/Collie mix is clearly uncomfortable. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by mumimor at 11:16 AM - 11 answers

Interactions with pets after having kids

What did you do to make sure that pets stayed an important part of your life after having kids? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:54 AM - 27 answers

June 6

Fear of the Shower

My 9 year old Lab has developed a fear of the shower and anytime it's turned on she goes to the furthest reaches of the house. Any ideas on why this is happening? [more inside]
posted by Xurando at 11:55 AM - 9 answers

A Menagerie on the move from PHX-PDX

Two cars full of fur and feathers looking for pet-friendly sleeping spots in Bakersfield California and Medford Oregon. One car will have two cats, second will have 7 birds (cockatoos/cockatiels/eclectus) and 3 guinea pigs. If you know of anyplace that will tolerate this level of livestock on the move, please let me know. (details after the fold) [more inside]
posted by ZenMajek at 11:36 AM - 4 answers

What is this cool-looking boneish thing I found on the beach?

I found this thing (front, back) on an ocean-facing beach in Southern MA, sort of near a freshwater pond and a little woods area. It is about 3" long, maybe a shade more. I am not sure what it is. Internet randos (Instagram, Twitter) don't seem to know and their ideas aren't even coalescing around a single (coral, fossil, head bone, tail bone....) idea. Do you know? [more inside]
posted by jessamyn at 8:03 AM - 20 answers

June 5

best kitten/cat toys?

My dad has a new kitten (about 6 weeks old, we think). It's been 10 years or so since he has had a cat, and that cat was 18. What are some fabulous kitten/cat toys / furniture / etc that you can share? [more inside]
posted by needlegrrl at 10:29 AM - 43 answers

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