In the past couple of days, our terrier/schnauzer mutt has suddenly starting pooping so much that it seems to defy the law of conservation of mass. Help me decide if this is a bland-diet-for-a-couple-of-days situation, or a get-thee-to-a-vet-now situation. (Sorry for the wall-o-poop inside) [more inside]
I see a lot of lightweight articles of dubious scientific merit claiming that one should not shave down a dog's coat in the summer because it actually helps keep it cool during the summer. Can someone point me to actual science that upholds or refutes this claim? [more inside]
The death of a family member means a dog (jack russell terrier) is probably coming to live with us. We need to find a way to get the dog across the country safely on its own. Train? Plane? Dog-mobile? [more inside]
How often does your dog need to go outside (pee or poop) and how do you know when it's time? [more inside]
Please tell me all the secrets to successfully feeding my dogs a raw diet! What mix of meats do you use? What percentage of organ meats? What add ins like yogurt, veggies, and eggs? What disasters and successes you have had. Finally, has it made a difference in your dogs health?
Hive Mind, please help us figure out how to get our dog to do her business in the back yard. [more inside]
I'm driving from Memphis to Seattle alone with a dog in July. What can I do, aside from the obvious podcasts, audiobooks, etc., to make the trip minimally stressful and (hopefully) fun? [more inside]
The latest of my series of newbie dog questions. The good news from the last question is that after boarding (which went wonderfully) she now walks with her dog walker-- at least most of the time. The bad news is that while walking with me she has started to refuse to go home. Here is a picture of her going crumpledog at the intersection to my building. How do I get her to stop this? It is making me crazy and late for work. [more inside]
How do I work this? My dog, a wonderful black lab/dalmatian mixed breed, needs companionship for a few months while I'm in recovery... [more inside]
I have recently been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder and depression stemming from PTSD. I've been taking psychiatrist-prescribed medication as well as regularly seeing a talk therapist in addition to the doctor prescribing the medication. My doctor has noted the prevalence of my dog in my pursuit of a healthy daily lifestyle and offered to write a letter to help get my dog certified as a service / support animal. [more inside]
The next entry in my series of newbie dog questions. My newish rescue dog Huggy is difficult about walks in general, but is now making our friendly dogwalker insane by refusing to walk. She clearly likes her, so what gives? [more inside]
We have a super chill year-old doxie named Poppy. In a couple weeks, Poppy's NEW BABY SISTER is moving in! [more inside]
I have a large dog who's a powerful chewer. She's not interested in plastic/rubber bones or other toys. What can I get her that will maximize time chewing for the lowest cost, without choking/digestion issues? [more inside]
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]
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]
Help me remember the name of a children's book about a dog. [more inside]
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]
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]
My three month old puppy is peeing every five minutes and clearly has a UTI. Will this self resolve? How long should I wait before taking her to the vet?
I agreed to look after a dog for 24h. Got paid but the whole deal was informal. The dog broke my laptop (cheapo, thank heavens) while goofing around and being playful and loveable. Local (Dutch) laws about this are messy and eg insurance companies in previous cases seem to disagree on who's liable. What to do? [more inside]
So in a couple of weeks this guy will be coming home, he's a wire-haired pointing griffon and we are having a hard time finding a good name. Contenders so far are Fred and Bruno. So in time honored mefi tradition help me find the perfect name!
I need your recs for best trash can dogproofing. [more inside]
So I've been asking about dog ownership, and got advice here (among other places) which led me to sign up to foster a dog. This is Huggy, my 5 year old foster mutt (though she's clearly got quite a bit of Rottie in her). She has a host of problems and she will be with me for a while. As a result, I have a host of questions. Can you answer some of them? (You are not my vet-- I have a good vet. ) [more inside]
Our dear girl is 15+ years old, 50lbs, and becoming pickier every day. She just won't eat what we've been giving her anymore, she changes her mind every day, and we know we need to aim for low protein. Most of the time now she turns her nose up at just about everything except people food. We are OK with that, but please help us be creative. [more inside]
Me, my husband, my dog, and my cat are all piling into two vehicles (our Prius and a moving truck) and driving 2000 miles. How do we keep from killing each other (especially the dog)? [more inside]
My wife and I have had Sally, a 7 year-old rescue for about two months now (Requisite picture). About a month ago we wanted her to be able to get a little more activity, so we hired a dog walker. He's been great - he clearly loves her, and she seemed to like him as well. There were no problems at all until last Thursday, when she suddenly wouldn't go outside with him anymore, and snapped at him when he tried to leash her up. [more inside]
My 11 year old Westie has been drinking 2-3x more water than usual. My vet says the next step would either be an X-ray ($75) or an ultrasound ($500). I'm not sure what's the best next step? Cute pup photo here. [more inside]
Are there any large dog breeds that are *not* bred for work?🐶
What is the best no-pull harness for dogs? Details inside... [more inside]
Hi. I'm losing my home and I need to rehome my adult german shepherd. Thankfully a friend in Omaha offered to take her. Does anyone know of any rescue organizations or people that might be willing to transport her from Utah or Colorado to there, preferably for $300 or less?
Biopsy of a tumor has resulted in her being extremely sore AND having to wear a cone of shame. She is way miserable, and restless. Despite being given a pain killer and sedative, she just wanders around while panting heavily. I think the cone is causing her major anxiety. Has anyone had experience with any alternatives? I desperately want to make her more comfortable.
I will be moving to Shanghai with my dog in two months. Does anyone know a good veterinarian in the city? Puxi area preferred. Thanks!
My partner and I are moving across the country in a few months. We will be sharing a house and we both have beloved asshole pets we really really want to keep. I have a seven year old indoor/outdoor grey tabby and she has a 7 year old black labrador. I feel like it would be a big help to get them acquainted before the move, but I am not sure how to proceed. The time is drawing nearer and I need some help with this. Details (and picture link) on the flap! [more inside]
Me previously and previously. Sadly, the surgery wasn't successful-- the cancer returned, and I'm saying my goodbyes this week. Yesterday I was asked if I could adopt two bonded senior dogs. Obviously, I can't for the foreseeable future, but now I'm thinking about possibly getting a dog as a next pet. Looking for opinions or relevant experience. [more inside]
What dog food can I use to replace Hill's Prescription I/D Gastrointestinal formula? [more inside]
Is there any way that a non-dog-owner could get some dog therapy in NYC, ASAP? [more inside]
My new guy does not like dogs the same way I do. Mainly he believes large dogs should be outside at all times because then if they poop he doesn't have to clean up large poop. He states he's a dog lover. [more inside]
My 14-year-old Pekingese was diagnosed with kidney disease. We're at Stage 1 now and besides frequent urination and some chronic itching (which may or may not be related), she's not showing outward symptoms yet. I need some practical advice moving forward. [more inside]
We're 99% sure we're bringing home a new dog tonight, to be a companion to our beloved dog already in residence. Following Metafilter regulations, pictures of current dog, Birdie, and new dog are here. [more inside]
The ball is about the size of a tennis ball, hollow, and it has lots of angles so it bounces wildly. The material is about 1/4" thick and firm yet flexible which makes it great for chewing. There are no manufacturer's marks on the toy and was purchased in the last five years somewhere in the US or Canada. Two pictures.
We've had our timid rescue dog since September. Since we got her, she's become very fearful of the leash and we're unable to get her on it and out the door without a lot of struggle. How do we help her get more comfortable with this? [more inside]
We have a whiny dog. We've tried everything and don't know what to do. He is 9, maybe older, a Border Collie mix who's probably got trauma in his past (the shelter found him by a dumpster with maggots in his fur), but no current medical problems that our vet was able to find. He has anxiety but takes meds for that. [more inside]
I need a sanity check regarding making the right decision for our 12 year old dog who is diagnosed with kidney failure yesterday. [more inside]
Our 7 year old dachshund-beagle mix has decided that her nightly crate sleep should be interrupted by a half-hour of whining and complaining and scratching to get out of her crate. Last night this occurred at midnight, then again at 4:30 AM. This has been a nightly thing for the past two weeks or so. [more inside]
We're considering our Memorial Day weekend plans and want to take a road trip with our dogs - can you recommend dog friendly cities/towns/lakes in the Midwest? [more inside]
Do pets have a legal right to self-defense, and if so, can pet owners legally apply that right on behalf of their pets? [Trigger alert: extended explanation describes a hypothetical violent dog attack on another dog.] [more inside]
I saw Heart of a Dog, Laurie Anderson's new film last weekend. I'm pretty big fan of hers and ... meh. The film did have it's moments though ... [more inside]
As my AskMeFi history shows, I have significant mental and physical health challenges, but I am consumed by the idea of getting my own dog. MeFi, please help me decide. [more inside]
My wife and I are interested in getting a dog. We sort of thought of it as something we'd ease into, especially since we had heard that adoption can take a little bit of time. We stopped by a nearby animal rescue this weekend just to see what was involved, and met a very sweet, gentle 7-year-old pugle. We were very surprised to be told that the rescue does same-day adoption, and we could potentially take her home that day. I balked a little bit because our apartment isn't really set up for a dog, but we're both first time dog owners, so don't really know what that even means. [more inside]
I'd like to go on vacation in August somewhere that's similar to Yosemite (Sierra, wilderness, gorgeous). But! I'd like to bring my dog (as well as my husband and 4.5-year-old child). I'm not taking my dog to Yosemite. Also, no camping. [more inside]