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February 10

Does my cat just have a cold?

Symptoms: been off his food 2 days. Sleeping a lot (more than usual) in one spot. I picked him up and he sounds congested. [more inside]
posted by tippy at 7:25 PM - 12 answers

Handling doggy acid reflux

Help me help my dog live a cage free life! [more inside]
posted by parakeetdog at 9:42 AM - 7 answers

February 9

Cat drooling with runny nose

I will call her vet in the morning. Should I call emergency tonight? [more inside]
posted by janey47 at 9:24 PM - 23 answers

Stories of empathic cats

Here and elsewhere, I keep running into the sentiment that cats are adorable, fuzzy little psychopaths. They understand us but they don't care. They are self-absorbed. They only need us for food. They will gnaw on our corpses. That line of philosophy runs completely counter to my own experience with cats, three of whom were absolutely in love with me. I would like to read some positive articles, stories, etc about cats who defy the "fuzzy psychopath" stereotype. [more inside]
posted by quiet earth at 1:18 PM - 41 answers

Cat stomach problems

My cat has had problems with what appears to be burping, indigestion, and stomach discomfort for going on a couple of years now. Lately the problem seems to be worsening, as every week or so there's a morning where he's not interested in food and remains curled up on a chair. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by whistle pig at 5:12 AM - 23 answers

February 5

My dog is going crazy (I think) and it's driving us crazy!

I have an elderly beagle who has always been abnormal. Now she seems to really be going crazy for real and it's driving us a little crazy. What's the best way to handle this? [more inside]
posted by geeky at 10:30 AM - 13 answers

February 4

Alternatives to beagle-carrying

My dog Milo (obligatory pics 1 2 3) is starting to have trouble with stairs. My apartment is a second-floor walk-up. My roommate, who is usually home with him during the work day, currently has health issues that mean toting around a 20+ lb dog is a no-go, especially while navigating stairs. Are there other options for her to get him outside and back when I'm not home? [more inside]
posted by alyxstarr at 1:48 PM - 11 answers

February 3

Mystery track

What the hell left this print on a piece of snow by our front door? (Boston area.)
posted by Behemoth at 5:59 PM - 16 answers

January 31

Name-that-dog-filter: Her Serene Highness la Principessa McWigglebottom

Today we brought home our new puppy. (pictures here, here and here) She's a 5 month old, 10lb (5kg) maltipoo - black with a grey muzzle, and she needs a name. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by tabubilgirl at 5:44 PM - 56 answers

January 27

Am I ready to own a dog?

I'm at the point in my life where I want to get a dog, but I want to make sure I have all the boxes checked so I know I'm making the right decision. [more inside]
posted by hyperion at 7:31 PM - 36 answers

Alternatives to Puppies and Rescues?

We'd like to get a Portuguese Water Dog. They are very rare as rescues. (Which is a good sign, I imagine!) Is there any way to adopt a grownup dog? Or is buying a puppy from a breeder the only alternative to rescues?
posted by musofire at 12:03 PM - 7 answers

January 21

Where to take my cat for a few hours?

We just got a notice from our landlord that they need to do some extermination in the building, and are asking everyone to vacate the premises, including pets, for a few hours during the day TOMORROW. [more inside]
posted by rainbowbrite at 10:26 AM - 14 answers

January 20

My dog is too skinny, what should I be researching?

We have a 14 month old previously feral rescue. You've heard about him before, but he has his own blog if you're dying for more photos. He was 27lbs when we got him, he's now up to 31, but his ribs and spine are still faintly visible and very easy to feel, even with his winter coat. The vet says he's too skinny. [more inside]
posted by amandabee at 12:59 PM - 27 answers

January 19

Dying of grief after euthanizing rabbit

I had to euthanize my rabbit of five years -- and my only pet -- very suddenly. How do I even begin to recover from this? [more inside]
posted by comewithallgoodthings at 5:06 PM - 51 answers

What does Cat Suckling Mean?

We just adopted a new kitty Croque Monsieur aka Crocket and so far, he's doing really,really well. However, he does something which is very strange - at least I've never seen it before. He suckles. And I mean, he suckles a lot! We've only had him since Saturday afternoon and I've seen him suckle his favorite toy quite a bit, as well as a kitty blanket and my jumper! [more inside]
posted by JenThePro at 9:57 AM - 18 answers

January 18

411 on Portuguese Water Dogs?

We're thinking of adopting a Portuguese Water Dog, if we can find one to adopt. [more inside]
posted by musofire at 9:27 PM - 5 answers

January 16

penurious from pet prescriptions

Our cat is diabetic. It's well controlled, but we need some way to find a less expensive prescription. He's on 4.5 units of Lantus twice a day. The cost has tripled since we started giving this to him and coupled with the special food it's a painful expense. It works well. He's healthy, comfortable, and in pretty good shape for his 17 years (6 with the diabetes). I need concrete suggestions for filling his prescription at the best price possible. Can you recommend a reliable Canadian pharmacy that caters to pets? Is there some discount program we can enroll in? Any strategies would be appreciated. We're not going to stop his medication ( we haven't reached that point yet ) but I want to stop mentally calculating prescription cost * average remaining cat life span every time we get this filled.
posted by anonymous at 11:53 AM - 13 answers

Integrating our new dog into a 2 cat household--help?

We rescued a great 4 year old dog (some mix of a bull dog, Staffordshire bull terrier and perhaps something else) a couple of weeks ago and brought her home to our cats, who are both about 4 years old. The cats are calm around her but we'd like some tips on dealing with the dog's excitement. [more inside]
posted by the foreground at 11:47 AM - 7 answers

January 15

Puppy Crate Training Woes - even worth the hassle?

Our near 12-week old puppy doesn't seem to have crate anxiety, but really doesn't do well with the confinement/isolation part of the question. She's on her way to housetrained, so should we even try? [more inside]
posted by Drosera at 7:58 PM - 16 answers

Time to carry the pet, some carriers seem designed for "outgoing" pets -

What is the best carrier for fraidy cats? [more inside]
posted by vapidave at 7:27 AM - 14 answers

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