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September 22

Vet did unnecessary $3500 surgery--now what?

To make a long story short: my cat got an unnecessary abdominal surgery today and I'm on the hook for $3500 because a radiologist read the ultrasound scan wrong and the vets pushed for emergency surgery as a result. Now what do I do? [more inside]
posted by schroedinger at 9:34 PM - 20 answers

How do we connect with our new skittish cat?

I'm looking for advice from the community on how to connect with one of our two recently adopted cats who's notoriously skittish. [more inside]
posted by buoys in the hood at 9:47 AM - 20 answers

September 19

Why are some stray cats super pushy about getting snuggles?

As I write this, a cat is sdddaf constantly mushi`ng her face into my hands and keyboard. I've known a fair number of cats. There seems to be this subset of them that suddenly get really aggressively snuggly. What gives? What can I do to help them feel less needy? [more inside]
posted by slidell at 6:49 PM - 22 answers

September 18

Box Turtle Rescue - Two Questions

Found RIGHT ON the train tracks at the Watsessing Station - near Newark, NJ, and s/he definitely was NOT in a safe place, so I scooped the little one right up out of there - but now what do I do? [more inside]
posted by lilboo at 3:01 PM - 11 answers

September 17

Saddest posts about dogs on the internet.

For purposes that I probably don't need to get into, I'd like your saddest and/or most heartwarming links / photos / stories / etc. on the internet about dogs and our relationships with them. [more inside]
posted by allkindsoftime at 10:17 AM - 31 answers

September 16

Help name our firecracker

We are adding to our brood. Our current dog is a calm sweetheart and a real gentleman. We love him. The new pup we've only spent a short amount of time with, but he seems confident and not afraid to speak his mind. He has more fire. We're leaning towards British old man names, but we need some outsider suggestions. [more inside]
posted by getmetoSF at 8:19 PM - 43 answers

September 15

Resources for teaching kids about dogs?

We may find ourselves temporarily caring for an ailing family member's dog. I've had dogs in the past, but never a little dog and the ones I had were being trained as service dogs rather than family pets. I'm looking for books that can help my kid adjust to life with a dog, as well as explain basic training and care principles.
posted by snickerdoodle at 7:38 AM - 4 answers

September 14

How do I boost my old dog's quality of life?

My beloved border collie is aging rapidly. He still has lots of the old BC traits but his body can't keep up with them--how do I help him avoid disappointment and keep him happy? [more inside]
posted by stillmoving at 5:17 PM - 27 answers

September 13

They name cats, don't they?

Friends! This may be a bit of a stretch for this community but I need help naming a couple of kittens. Difficulty level: I don't know if I'm keeping both of them but I want names that work well together. [more inside]
posted by Jairus at 3:12 PM - 52 answers

September 12

Chilling out a puppy

What are your tips for getting a young dog to chill out and react reasonably to a situation he finds VERY EXCITING? Our 7 month old puppy is dragging our arms out of our sockets every time we drop him off at doggie daycare, and it's making me nuts. [more inside]
posted by charmedimsure at 11:27 AM - 17 answers

September 11

Looking for a veterinarian in downtown Portland, Or.

Reccomendations for a veterinarian in the Pearl/Old Town/China Town area? [more inside]
posted by space_cookie at 3:36 PM - 3 answers

Help us build a bitchin' crabitat!

My parents picked up a hermit crab for my son in Florida and now that we've got him (her?) home, I'm wondering what we need to PROPERLY take care of our new friend, Matt (yes, that is what my son named him). [more inside]
posted by youandiandaflame at 11:59 AM - 6 answers

September 10

HELP ME DEWAX MY CAT

So, my cat decided to jump into a burning pumpkin spice candle that was 1/2 melted wax [more inside]
posted by angrycat at 9:34 AM - 30 answers

September 9

Seeking vet for cat with joint, skeletal, or related problem

Artemis is an awesome cat in Durham/Chapel Hill, NC, who walks, runs, and jumps, but not as well as she should. One vet, in March, found nothing wrong; another, in June, saw she was walking oddly and said to wait a while to see if it got better on its own. Now I'm looking for a vet with expertise or interest in feline musculo-skeletal issues for the next steps. [more inside]
posted by amtho at 2:14 PM - 10 answers

Is there a Doggy Undertaker?

Our 17 year-old Shepherd-Husky mix, Gertrude, was diagnosed with lymphoma earlier this summer. Given her condition and advanced age, I worry that one day I'll come home from work or downstairs in the morning and find that she's passed. I've been fretting about what to do with her body, should this occur. [more inside]
posted by sarajane at 12:45 PM - 24 answers

Taking dog from UK to US, and back?

I and an American living in the Netherlands, and have taken my dog to the US several times from Schiphol when I'm taking a long-ish trip back to the States. She has a pet passport, and it has never been an issue going back through Amsterdam. I'm moving to the UK soon, and for my fall trip I was wondering if I should take her from the UK to the US, and back (probably from Heathrow), or stick with Amsterdam. [more inside]
posted by Philosopher Dirtbike at 12:00 PM - 6 answers

September 8

You are not my vet, but you may have some advice on puppy's vaccinations

Vet says wait until after 16 weeks to take Otto outside, manufacturer says a single injection provides immunity, and my previous research says they're both wrong. [more inside]
posted by sektah at 8:20 AM - 7 answers

September 5

So, I hear you re-name cats here....

I adopted "Daisy" from the local shelter. She's not a "Daisy" in looks or personality and I'd like to call her something else. [more inside]
posted by goml at 12:01 PM - 69 answers

September 4

Newly-diagnosed diabetic dog: need tips, please!

My 12-13ish year old dog Max was diagnosed with diabetes this morning, after exhibiting symptoms (drink, pee, repeat) and having a blood workup at the vet. I'm looking for tips/tricks and hacks to make this easier for both Max and me. [more inside]
posted by kimberussell at 7:51 AM - 5 answers

Name My Cat #372

This is my new gentleman. He's 9 years old and a little camera shy. He is the biggest snugglebug of a cat I have ever met. He joins his new sisters in my home. He came with the name Chester, but I really don't like it. Looking for names from mythology. [more inside]
posted by royalsong at 7:32 AM - 39 answers

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