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Help with new rescue dog's severe separation anxiety

We recently adopted an incredibly sweet dog from a local shelter-- Frances is a three year old dachshund/chihuahua mix. She's super mellow and calm when we're with her-- never barks or chews, perfectly housetrained, doesn't react to other dogs or people when on walks... basically perfect and incredibly lovable... EXCEPT... when left alone, she becomes a nightmare destructo-dog. [more inside]
posted by bonheur on Aug 24, 2014 - 12 answers

What's the skinny on grain free/raw food for cats?

Bunny is a generally healthy, happy 1 year old with smelly poo the consistency of frosting. I'm thinking of switching her food out. What's the skinny on grain free/raw kitty food diets these days? [more inside]
posted by Hermione Granger on Aug 23, 2014 - 31 answers

Is my dog having seizures or what?

I have an 8-10 year old, very strange, beagle. Last night I found her with eyes open, but unresponsive, clawing and biting at the wall. Is this seizure activity, night terrors, or something else? [more inside]
posted by geeky on Aug 23, 2014 - 10 answers

Because you needed another dog butt question today

My dog just had an accident inside for the second time this week and probably the 15th this summer after 8 years of never having one. I am getting really fed up. Warning: gross descriptions of dog poo inside. [more inside]
posted by deus ex machina on Jul 28, 2014 - 19 answers

How do we add a second dog into the mix?

This is Hendricks - he's a 55 lbs. hound/shepherd/mutt that we found at a local shelter back in January. He's pretty chill, except for a love of hunting bunnies that go across his back yard. Hendricks needs a friend - how do we start approaching this, and how do we find him a friend that will work for him and us? [more inside]
posted by SNWidget on Jul 19, 2014 - 11 answers

Dogs that lick... a lot

I have two Jack Russell Terriers, both sixish years old, and both with odd licking issues. One licks the exposed skin of people: legs, hands, feet. If you push him away, he will lick the couch. He has done this since he was a puppy, and though I think it's odd and slightly embarrassing when he goes to town on an unwitting friend's shin, it doesn't concern me. Our other dog has started licking his own front legs, above his paws (what his forearm would be if he were a person), so much that they are stained pink. He's done this for a few months now. When I took him to our vet for his yearly checkup, I asked whether she thought it was allergies. She said no, that it could be anxiety or arthritis. She didn't get into much depth (she is new to our vet office, and I don't know that I love her). He walks and runs just fine, so I don't think he is in pain. Does anyone out there have experience with compulsive canine lickers? Do I try to stop them (and if so, how?), or just let them be weird? Or do I change to a new vet who might be a bit more forthcoming?
posted by hippychick on Jul 13, 2014 - 11 answers

Cheap-er cat food than Big Box?

Is there a cheaper way to purchase kitty food other than PetSmart or PetCo? Or if there's a website that magically sends it to the house? Four kitties who love Blue and Max Nutro are eating us out of house and home. [more inside]
posted by ashtabula to opelika on Jun 24, 2014 - 23 answers

How to de-stink our rental deck?

Because of Reasons, Mr. Blues and I rented an apartment sight-unseen. We moved in last week. It is generally quite nice, but the balcony/deck absolutely reeks of urine. Evidently a previous tenant seriously neglected her dogs (and potentially cats? it smells like cat pee to me) and they used the balcony as a bathroom. It absolutely reeks. How can we and or the management company fix this? [more inside]
posted by charmcityblues on Jun 17, 2014 - 18 answers

Cat in a "no pets" apartement

I moved to a new city and am renting a cool place. The catch is "no pets". My parents are taking care of my cat but I miss him terribly. My landlord lives in another country and never checks up on the place. Would it be a terrible idea to fly my cat over here without my landlord's knowledge? What's the worst that can happen?
posted by sabina_r on Jun 15, 2014 - 28 answers

I Love My Dog, But Oh! You Wife!

How can I return the spontaneity to my sex life now that I have to share the bed with a blanket-hogging dog? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 6, 2014 - 28 answers

How to care for a snail?

How does one properly care for a snail? [more inside]
posted by Canageek on May 31, 2014 - 12 answers

My husband won't take responsibility for our dog (maybe) getting sick

My husband accidentally exposed our dog to raisins, and I just wish he'd take some responsibility for it. [more inside]
posted by LaurenIpsum on May 24, 2014 - 35 answers

How can I stop my cat from turning on the bathroom faucet?

Help! My cat has discovered how to turn on the bathroom sink faucet by herself, and she will not be dissuaded. I'm sick of coming home to running water every time I leave the house. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by aldebaran on May 23, 2014 - 29 answers

Adopted a dog and the original owner shows up - what to do?

I adopted a dog a month ago. The shelter held him for 10 days, but no one came to claim him. Now the shelter has received a call from someone claiming it is their dog, with a very sad story (death in the family) about why he was lost and no one looked for him. I feel very bad for these people if their story is true, and wonder if the dog would be happier with his original owners. I'm also very attached to the dog, as is my kitten, and have been crying a lot at the thought of giving him up. I can't get another dog now that I've started working in the afternoons - I had a lot of time this month to help him rehome. The dog was found not neutered despite being several years old, which makes me nervous about previous vet care, so I have asked the shelter to look into vet records. How can I make this decision? I have strong feelings on both sides of the argument.
posted by anonymous on May 3, 2014 - 37 answers

What to do with fish that aren't getting along?

Three days ago, I got three opaline gouramis (Trichopodus trichopterus) for my 20 gallon long aquarium. The tank is planted and has been up and running since November or so, but the only other fauna are some hitchhiker snails that I decided to keep. The gouramis aren't getting along. What would be the best thing to do for them? [more inside]
posted by rue72 on May 2, 2014 - 11 answers

What is it like to have a retired racing greyhound as a pet?

I'm trying to get a sense of what daily life is like with a dog; specifically a retired racing greyhound. I'd love to hear from people who have this kind of dog. [more inside]
posted by cranberrymonger on Apr 13, 2014 - 25 answers

Help me keep the cat upstairs

I need a temporary, cheap, tall, easy to move barrier at the top of my narrow stairs. [more inside]
posted by rawralphadawg on Mar 13, 2014 - 22 answers

What are you experiences with medicating anxious dogs?

My dog has always been the nervous type, but this past year her anxiety has escalated to the point where she's a basketcase more often than not. We're exploring medication options. Blizzard inside. [more inside]
posted by geeky on Jan 30, 2014 - 21 answers

Help me legally and ethically adopt my dog from a crazy LA rescue org.

When we brought home a new pup from a local rescue organization three months ago, we had no idea we were getting involved with a Crazy Lady. The adoption STILL isn't finalized and we really want to make it official and never deal with them again. Help me understand if their requests are reasonable and officially adopt my dog! [more inside]
posted by samthemander on Jan 22, 2014 - 43 answers

I'm considering getting a crested gecko - should I?

I was recently introduced to the soft and tame adorableness that is the crested gecko. I am somewhat surprisingly considering purchasing one. Advice? [more inside]
posted by vegartanipla on Jan 21, 2014 - 7 answers

Help my brother create a dog friendly home

Dog owners - what tips or hacks do you have for making your home more dog-friendly? What did you consider when you bought your home in regard to your dog? [more inside]
posted by NoraCharles on Jan 21, 2014 - 20 answers

Garlic & Dogs.

My roommate's 25 lb. mutt ate little tuna with a sprinkling of garlic powder (about 1/10th(?) teaspoon worth). Since garlic is extremely toxic to dogs, should I be worried?
posted by pakoothefakoo on Jan 19, 2014 - 16 answers

Low-care pet?

Visited a fellow window-less office and saw a small, apparently forgotten jar tucked behind their computer. Upon inquiry, my coworker pulled it out and was astonished that the little shrimp-things and plants inside were still alive and madly swimming around. He told me he thinks it was a kit one of them got in the mail. I want something like this. [more inside]
posted by DisreputableDog on Dec 18, 2013 - 17 answers

Roomba, Roomba, wherefore art thou, Roomba?

Will a robotic vacuum be an asset to our (snowflake filled) home? If so what makes, models, or features are worth the cost nowadays? First hand experience preferred but any input is welcome. [more inside]
posted by RolandOfEld on Dec 17, 2013 - 17 answers

Vroom vroom kitty

Does anybody out there have a recommendation for a pet stroller? [more inside]
posted by bolognius maximus on Dec 14, 2013 - 5 answers

Helping friends deal with a pet death

My friends’ cat died yesterday. How can I help them? [more inside]
posted by aviatrix on Dec 1, 2013 - 16 answers

A question I wish I weren't asking

We put our 20-year-old cat to sleep at home last night. I had read about what to expect, but did not anticipate her struggling so desperately throughout the procedure. Now my mind keeps going back to those awful moments over and over. I’m wondering if anyone here has had a similar experience, or just has some thoughts on how to process this. [more inside]
posted by whistle pig on Nov 20, 2013 - 41 answers

Help my friend find a dog! Snowflake details inside.

I have a good friend who wants a dog. Here is the criteria. We are looking for ways/places to go check out/ideas on how to find a dog for her: -My friend lives in Northern California, and is willing to travel a reasonable distance (50 miles give or take). She is willing to pay adoption fees. The dog: -Must be male. -Can be of any breed/mix. -Must be young to adult, but not a puppy. -Must be medium to large in size. -Must have all shots/vaccines. -Must be neutered. -Must be a rescue dog. Help us find places to look around for rescue dogs. We have been striking out... maybe there's some places we aren't finding/thinking of besides the pound, pet shops, rescue agencies, etc?
posted by nurgle on Nov 19, 2013 - 21 answers

What kind of frog/toad will this tadpole be?

Asking for a friend. This tadpole was shipped to the pet store accidentally with some fish and she's taking it home with her. It's about 2-2.5 inches long.
posted by quiet coyote on Nov 15, 2013 - 9 answers

Helping a partner through life changes

My partner is facing some big life changes, including a new job and loss of a pet, and I'm wondering what small ways I can support him and make life easier for him. [more inside]
posted by whistle pig on Nov 11, 2013 - 6 answers

Best agent for cat travel NYC-London?

Howdy! We're relocating from New York City to London at the end of this year, and of course we're taking our cat Olive with us. What we're having a little bit of a hard time with is figuring out just *how* to bring her, and we're hoping you can help us. [more inside]
posted by adamgreenfield on Nov 11, 2013 - 5 answers

How to deal with parents who euthanized pet too soon?

I am almost positive my parents made the wrong decision to put their dog to sleep, and I don't know how to deal. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 25, 2013 - 39 answers

How's she gonna eat it if she can't bend down to reach it?

Our 20 year old cat is having a really hard time with some functional issues in her golden years. We're running out of ideas. Help? [more inside]
posted by mcbeth on Sep 14, 2013 - 11 answers

What do I do with a dying rat?

My pet rat has a giant, growing tumor and I'm unsure what to do about it. [more inside]
posted by hafehd on Sep 14, 2013 - 24 answers

Seeking to re-squeak dog's favorite toys

My small dog loves squeaky tennis balls and will chase them incessantly, morning and night. However, he is also quite adept at de-squeaking these toys, sometimes within minutes. While he does continue to play with the balls after they have lost their sound, these are far less alluring. As neither my budget nor my house has room for the infinite supply of fresh squeaky balls he desires, I seek to re-squeak these balls with fresh squeakers and some super glue. [more inside]
posted by zachxman on Sep 13, 2013 - 12 answers

Dog + Delivery Driver + Paws through window pane ≠ good times

Eleven hours ago our 80 pound dog, Oscar, put both his front paws through a small pane of glass in a set of french doors which resulted in lacerations to the "back" of both front legs. Thankfully we were home and reacted quickly by summoning our neighbor who is an exotic pet veterinarian. She was able to wrap up both legs and call ahead to the ER vet. Even with this quick reaction Oscar still lost a lot of blood and did pretty serious damage to one of his legs. The ER vet was able to repair the severed (partially or completely, they did not provide specifics) muscle, tendon and artery and we were able to bring him home about six hours ago. Now what? [more inside]
posted by FlamingBore on Aug 24, 2013 - 16 answers

How do I get our cat to bury her poop?

I am not a cat person, but my wife likes cats, so we have one. Our cat consistently uses the litter box (which is much more than I can say for the last cat we had). However, she almost never buries it, and the odor is, of course, offensive. [more inside]
posted by tckma on Aug 9, 2013 - 41 answers

Name for a garden cat

We've recently adopted an approximately ten month old stray male tuxedo cat and are looking for a name for him. [more inside]
posted by sciencegeek on Aug 6, 2013 - 78 answers

Cats on a plane!

What's the best way to take a cat from the UK to the US and back again? Any advice on how to make this go smoothly? [more inside]
posted by klausness on Aug 6, 2013 - 16 answers

Wanted: weird, reclusive roommate who poops in a box

I've been living with my parents while fixing up my home. They have two dogs and a cat. It turns out that I love having cuddly, friendly buddies around. I'm going to be moving home this weekend and want a buddy of my own. I've always wanted a cat, but I want one that is super friendly. Do you own or have experience with Sphynx cats? Are they as affectionate and dog-like as websites claim? Or any other breeds known for being affectionate? My adult son and I live together and have opposite schedules, so the cat would almost never be alone
posted by 1066 on Aug 5, 2013 - 46 answers

Should I give up my cat to a roommate?

When my partner and I wound up living apart for grad school, our girl cat went with him to his new shared house. In the past 2 years, his roommate has become very attached to the cat. However, my partner is moving to my place to share an apartment with me and our male cat - these cats have managed together in the past, but some specific challenges (within)... What would be best for everyone, but mostly the girl cat, in this situation? Warning - long! [more inside]
posted by NorthernAutumn on Jul 22, 2013 - 18 answers

Cat Food Fever

How much grain free wet food should an indoor, high energy, just over 1 years old, seemingly still growing, not fat, 15lb, male cat eat in a day? [more inside]
posted by radiopaste on Jul 3, 2013 - 11 answers

The cat is driving us crazy.

After moving to a new apartment my cat has spent nearly 100% of his waking hours HOWLING at the door. Pacing in front of it. Jumping up and batting at the knob. When we open the door he BOLTS out, down the hallway and to the stairs where he just lays down and looks pleased with himself. [more inside]
posted by lindseyg on Jun 26, 2013 - 22 answers

Is it safe to get prescribed pet medications from 1-800-PET-MEDS?

Hello Hive Mind My basic question is this. Is it safe to purchase presciption pet medications from 1-800-PET-MEDS? [more inside]
posted by Hanuman1960 on Jun 17, 2013 - 10 answers

Help a bald dog out?

7 month old puppy chewing herself constantly, huge bald spots. Any idea why? [more inside]
posted by ohsnapdragon on Jun 12, 2013 - 22 answers

Please. Stop. Whining.

My dog whines incessantly when I leave him alone. Time has passed. I've tried all the things. Dog is otherwise great. It is time for my sweet pup who I otherwise adore to chill out quietly in his kennel so that I can leave the house. What to do? [more inside]
posted by Sara C. on Jun 11, 2013 - 27 answers

Comfy Yoga/Workout Pants in the Right Texture for a Curvy Gal?

Hola folks! I am located in WNY area near the Canadian border (willing to drive into Ontario for shoppin'!) and am hoping someone can guide me in the right direction for the right kind of pants. I am looking for Semi-Fitted Lower-waisted (I am short waisted but have serious hips - I HATE those fold-down waist ones with a burning passion) Yoga pants to wear for Yoga & Workouts that also are *not* a matte/cotton type texture. I have light coloured animals in my home and also am self conscious about wearing light colours...hence for the sake of my sanity I like my yoga pants to be a "slick" texture and black or another dark colour. [more inside]
posted by snuffyrat on Jun 6, 2013 - 13 answers

reclaiming the pet deposit (cleaning a house that reeks of dog urine)

A week before my former roommate moved out her dog came into heat, resulting in my own ankle biter marking everything he could hike his little leg at. Apparently in his haze of lust he decided that bathing the house in stink would boost his chances of getting a bit of action. Defiled items include the back of my couch, my box spring and the linoleum in the kitchen (where I keep him penned up when I'm out). Also some bedding and other small items I'm comfortable throwing away instead of trying to clean. Next week I'm moving to another property under the same management and hoping to get back most of my deposits (as well as keeping in the landlord's good grace) by getting the house as minty fresh as possible before I turn in the key. I'm looking for some low budget recommendations on getting the stench out. I would prefer they be methods that you've used with success, so if I have further questions I can actually discuss it with someone who has experience with the specific method. [more inside]
posted by myShanon on Jun 5, 2013 - 16 answers

Are you OK? Are you OK now? What about now? How are you feeling now?

How often is normal for otherwise healthy pets to have medical emergencies? [more inside]
posted by Sara C. on May 25, 2013 - 51 answers

Please help me find this monkey.

Please help me find this monkey. This is my dog Frankie with her favorite toy (and a quarter for scale). This specific monkey toy is her favorite -- other monkey toys aren't as pleasing. [more inside]
posted by macadamiaranch on May 19, 2013 - 8 answers

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