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Dog in distress. Vet closed. What to do?

My five year old labrador dog seems to be in pain. It's nearly 11pm. The local vet clinic is closed. Ought I wait until morning or call the vets’ emergency number? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by misteraitch on Oct 2, 2015 - 16 answers

What's a good UK specific gift for an American dog?

My friend lives in the US and has a dog. Said dog is pretty awesome, I'd like to give him a gift. I'm looking for something he'd like, food or otherwise, that is UK specific. Any ideas?
posted by gadha on Oct 1, 2015 - 9 answers

Conehead dog is miserable

My dog has developed an infection in her tail. The doctor bandaged it up and she got coneheaded to protect her from biting off the bandages. She finally stopped fighting the cone - that took about an hour and a half - but now she Will Not Stop crying. What can I do to make this better? Or how much longer is she likely to cry before collapsing into miserable acceptance? [more inside]
posted by Mchelly on Sep 30, 2015 - 13 answers

Mysterious dog injury/illness

My dog's medical history has our vet stumped. Very low platelet count, lethargy, bad limping on one hind leg - two similar but not identical incidents 6 months apart. Maybe you can help? [more inside]
posted by cloverthistle on Sep 27, 2015 - 13 answers

Best pet for a studio apartment

I would love to have a pet, but live in a 40sqm studio apartment. What would you recommend? [more inside]
posted by ellieBOA on Sep 13, 2015 - 32 answers

What do ethical dog breeders want in puppy parents?

I am shortly to go visit a dog I want (5 month German shepherd) from a super ethical breeder, and I don't want to accidentally flunk out. Please help me know what to say and calm down before this interview so I can be a good and happy dog parent! [more inside]
posted by corb on Sep 8, 2015 - 7 answers

My dog ate some guitar humidifier. Should I take her to the vet?

About half an hour ago I saw my dog lounging in the liner of my guitar case, and I thought, aw, how cute. Then I saw that she had been chewing, and swallowing small amounts of my Herco HE360 guitar humidifier. [more inside]
posted by Luminiferous Ether on Sep 7, 2015 - 5 answers

Learning how to dog

It seems that we have a dog coming to live with us tonight. She's a rescue and apparently doesn't know how to be a dog. How do we teach her this? [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot on Sep 7, 2015 - 28 answers

My New Dog: Breed Guesses and Name Suggestions

Getting a new rescue dog tomorrow and am having no luck coming up with a name. I also have no idea what kind of dog this is. [more inside]
posted by mulcahy on Sep 2, 2015 - 41 answers

When to put a dog to sleep

My 15-16 year old dog is just around the corner from a turning point. Circumstances are not ideal. I am hoping to hear opinions and experiences and feedback about the timing of euthanasia, and if it seems wrong to put a dog to sleep "early." Details below the fold. [more inside]
posted by stillmoving on Sep 1, 2015 - 42 answers

What should we name our dog?

If everything goes smoothly over the next week, this awesome dog will be joining our family. Could you help us think of a great name for him? [more inside]
posted by cimton on Aug 31, 2015 - 72 answers

Why has my dog starting sharting in her crate?

Just as the title says, the last 3 days I've come home to a new, smelly brown paint job on my wall. No new diet, no new anything, just simply - she's started sharting. I've watched her go in the morning today but still, new paint job after work. What could be causing this? [more inside]
posted by lpcxa0 on Aug 28, 2015 - 5 answers

Adding to our pack of misfit animals...

If she gets along well with our current pups, Mr. Fig and I will be adopting a 10-yr old very small chihuahua with no teeth. I'm good with what to feed her, but not so good on treats/extras. Do any Mefites own toothless pups, and/or have advice? [more inside]
posted by Fig on Aug 28, 2015 - 17 answers

I don't want to be a lady with an angry chihuahua

Our dog, Buddy, has just recently gotten possessive/jealous of me around my partner. How can we nip this in the bud? [more inside]
posted by geegollygosh on Aug 19, 2015 - 11 answers

Fell in love with a lady. Am not prepared for this.

A lady-dog, that is. I went to a rescue yesterday, fully anticipating that I would bring back a male dog and name him Suetonius (Sue, for short, making him a boy named Sue). But I fell in love with a striking female. Help! [more inside]
posted by MrBobinski on Aug 16, 2015 - 35 answers

Dog and Homeowner's Insurance

We'd like to adopt a dog, but are confused about the possible effect on our homeowner's insurance, and would love some input. When we selected our policy, our insurer let us know that there were certain breeds of dogs that "could change our rates or coverage" but that the details would vary depending on the dog. Obviously, we will talk to our insurer, but we'd like to get a feel for the options and experiences of other people first. [more inside]
posted by cimton on Aug 16, 2015 - 15 answers

Dog bit (at?) neighbor, I'm panicking

I have had a dog for about a year and half that I got from a rescue group. I love her like crazy , but she bit a neighbor's pants tonight and I'm freaking out. She's my first dog as an adult, so I'm not sure if I am overreacting, so every conceivable detail is inside. [more inside]
posted by whodatninja on Aug 6, 2015 - 14 answers

Is this normal? My dog wakes himself up barking

My dog is about 5 years old. I've had him for 3.5 years. In the last month or so he has started barking in his sleep. Sometimes he's puppy-dreaming and quietly yipping and moving his feet. About half the time he barks really loud and wakes himself up. This is a definite change in his behavior. Should I be worried? [more inside]
posted by OrangeDisk on Jul 28, 2015 - 10 answers

What are your best practices for vacationing in a car with a dog?

We're headed on a family vacation next week that will take us down the east coast from Connecticut to Florida and back. The trip will last about 14 days and we'll be in a Mazda5 (micro minivan with a 3rd row) with 2 adults, 2 kids (8 & 10) and our adult rescue dog, Henry. We've never traveled with a dog before and so are looking for suggestions on how to make this process go as smoothly as possible. [more inside]
posted by victoriab on Jul 21, 2015 - 23 answers

My dog does bark but my neighbour is an asshole

Our dog has been barking but we're trying everything to stop it. However the neighbour is going mental about it and won't stop texting me or emailing me about it. I admit some culpability for dog... but this is too much. Help! It's really wearing on my mental health. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 19, 2015 - 24 answers

Our pup is getting spayed tomorrow, I have all the worries.

A few weeks ago we were going to take care of a found puppy for "a few hours" which has turned into forever. We are having her spayed tomorrow, and I have all kinds of things I'm nervous about. I know you're not my vet, but I'm more hoping for some real pet owner experiences to know exactly what to expect, and what we do need to do, and what may be being overly cautious. [more inside]
posted by Quincy on Jul 14, 2015 - 14 answers

What Northern California counties ban fireworks?

A rough fourth of July (and 3rd, and 5th) for my dog here in Sacramento. We want to avoid the five solid hours of booming and whistling next year by getting out of town. Can you recommend a California town or county that bans fireworks and enforces that ban? [more inside]
posted by mulcahy on Jul 5, 2015 - 12 answers

How to get dog smell out of a carpeted room?

I recently moved into a new place where the previous occupant lived in my bedroom with a dog for about a year. I have not been able to get the dog smell out of the room. What does it take? [more inside]
posted by jcreigh on Jun 27, 2015 - 8 answers

How can I entertain my shy dog?

My recently adopted Dachshund/Shiba mix is very shy and skittish. He doesn't like toys, chews, sticks, games, or even people food. In addition to walks, which he does love, what can I do to entertain him? [more inside]
posted by juniper on Jun 26, 2015 - 21 answers

Dog nail trimming options: EXTREME edition

So. Our dog will not let anyone trim her nails. The groomer can't do it, the vet can't do it, and we can't do it. Her reaction is so extreme that she's seriously a danger to herself, and as a result, she only has her nails clipped when she's under sedation for something else (teeth cleaning, for one). Looking at this older Ask Me post, I'm considering trying a Dremel, once we've talked to the Vet (time for another dental cleaning). Is there anything newer, or further advice that fearful-dog owners can add? [more inside]
posted by taz on Jun 26, 2015 - 27 answers

Do It Yourself Dog Grooming

Through a perfect storm of Bad Things my bichon/poodle hasnt been groomed in about six months. I have bathed her a couple of times during that period and trimmed around her eyes and her butt a bit. I'm not going to be able to get her to a groomer's any time soon, and I'd like to figure out how to do it at home. It doesn't have to look perfect or in any style, I just want her to be clean and comfortable with short hair. [more inside]
posted by SweetTeaAndABiscuit on Jun 25, 2015 - 5 answers

Feeding my thriving rescue dog

When we adopted River, a 2-year old German shepherd mix, from a shelter in January, she was very skinny. You could easily see the outline of her ribs and her shoulders jutted out sharply when she lay down. The vet said she could definitely stand to gain "a few pounds". With proper feeding and love, she has blossomed little by little every month, from a wispy 45 pounds to a strong and healthy 52 pounds today. We feel that this is her optimal weight. My question is this: How do we keep her at this weight? [more inside]
posted by rivtintin on Jun 15, 2015 - 14 answers

Best shedding tool for Labrador?

My Labrador sheds a lot. We live in a warm climate. What's the best tool for deshedding? Bonus points if it can be used on long-haired and short-haired cats as well. (Also, how do I post pics of these furry little bastards?) FWIW: I've used a shedding blade (the metal loop kind) and a Target brand knock off Furminator. Both are kind of meh. I also use the Furminator shampoo and conditioner.
posted by mrfuga0 on Jun 14, 2015 - 6 answers

Is it legal to put dog poop in a neighbor's trash can in Portland, OR?

Is it legal (or lawful... I don't understand the difference) to put bagged dog poop in a neighbor's trash can in Portland, Oregon. Assume you're walking your dog, you've got a bag of poop, the can is at the curb: is it okay to put the poop in the can? Does it matter if it is the scheduled trash collection day? [more inside]
posted by thinman on Jun 3, 2015 - 8 answers

Help me help my elderly rescue dog.

My recently rescued elderly dog is ball-obsessed. More specifically, she is obsessed with playing with balls right near the edge of my couch. This is a problem. How can I fix this problem? [more inside]
posted by waterisfinite on Jun 3, 2015 - 21 answers

Resources for Tripod Dog

We got an emergency foster on Friday, a young Boxer who had just had a hind leg amputated. I am fully aware that she will be fine, but I can't seem to find information on what to expect through recovery. [more inside]
posted by DarlingBri on May 27, 2015 - 3 answers

Local dog makes bad.

My idiot dog [file photo of idiot dog] has started barking when I leave the house. His bark is LOUD. Like, super loud. This is unacceptable. I live in an apartment and there are innocent people involved who don't deserve this. [more inside]
posted by phunniemee on May 26, 2015 - 28 answers

Poor Lame Pooch Part 2

A few weeks ago our pooch tore his ACL according to his vet. I asked this question. We have been following all the advice given. We were doing ok. Today I let him out back while I was bringing in the groceries and heard the yelp. Now his other leg is busted too I think. I have more questions. [more inside]
posted by MayNicholas on May 14, 2015 - 5 answers

Issues with dropping rabies shots for an older dog?

At our 10-year-old Standard Poodle's last yearly checkup his vet mentioned that he was old enough that they no longer advised vaccinating, making the point that he was old enough that vaccine complications made the risk of vaccinating more significant, and advised that we drop the vaccines. I'm looking for a reality check with other pet owners on how this might conflict with various social logistics around vaccinations... [more inside]
posted by handful of rain on May 13, 2015 - 14 answers

MeFi, help me name my new dog?

We are adopting this puppy right here, and I'd love some help with name ideas! [more inside]
posted by malphigian on May 12, 2015 - 62 answers

A good book on basic dog training?

We recently adopted a 7 month old dog from the local shelter, a 37 pound border collie mix awesome mutt. We really need a good book to give us direction in training him to be even awsomer and deal with a few problems. [more inside]
posted by ratherbethedevil on May 6, 2015 - 9 answers

Dog with back disease... how to cope?

I found out two days ago that my 6-year-old dog has something called IVDD, which is Intervertebral Disc Disease. I am hoping to get advice on how to live and help him live a happy life given this diagnosis. I welcome anecdotes, science, warm wishes, advice... [more inside]
posted by hippychick on May 5, 2015 - 13 answers

Comfortable dog collars, buying online, EU/UK

It's new collar time for my soft haired curly, wavy doggy, so I'm looking for this combo (in order of importance): comfortable / secure / attractive, and wonder if anyone has recommendations. Local shops have very little choice, so options available via Amazon UK, eBay UK, or Etsy are especially helpful. [more inside]
posted by taz on May 1, 2015 - 8 answers

Dog-proof window treatments?

My 80-lb. German Shepherd destroyed an expensive custom blind today. Help me avoid throwing more money away. [more inside]
posted by rabbitrabbit on Apr 29, 2015 - 10 answers

Poor Lame Pooch

Our beloved 5 y/o rescue Pooch has, according to the vet, torn his ACL. We need help navigating this. I have read all the previous AskMe's regarding this, but we have our own snowflakes. [more inside]
posted by MayNicholas on Apr 23, 2015 - 10 answers

He's already ruined my carpet

My dog is showing signs of dementia, including numerous bathroom accidents and quite a bit of bad behavior. I haven't slept through the night in at least a year. Can you help me make this situation better, or at least better assess my options? [more inside]
posted by singlesock on Apr 15, 2015 - 24 answers

What's this picture book about an invisible dog?

ASKING FOR A FRIEND: She is trying to remember the name of an old picture book that was about an invisible dog. We think it was originally published in the 30s, then re-released in the 90s at Costco as part of a set of three picture books, one of which was about a lion. [more inside]
posted by exceptinsects on Apr 12, 2015 - 3 answers

Pets for people with little time but big hearts

What are some breeds/animals that fill that newly single lonely-feeling, but are compatible with a busy workday? A few details and I get emotional inside. [more inside]
posted by bbqturtle on Apr 10, 2015 - 40 answers

DIY Dig Defence

I need to install something like this against my wood fence. I would happily mallet away on them, but they seem ridiculously expensive for what is basically a connected set of metal spikes. Is there any DIY solution to this or is Dig Defence(tm) being sold as a more expensive repurposed version of a cheaper product? If so, what should I be looking for?
posted by asockpuppet on Apr 5, 2015 - 13 answers

Canine hospice...

We think our sweet mutt's days our numbered, and I need advice on how to handle the whole shebang in the best, least invasive and least financially crippling way possible. [more inside]
posted by pennypiper on Apr 5, 2015 - 15 answers

I'm close to adopting a dog but I'm facing an ethical dilemma

I have the choice between two dogs. Which one to choose? [more inside]
posted by Sijeka on Apr 1, 2015 - 31 answers

How to help a child stop being scared of animals?

My daughter (5.5yo) is scared of animals - dogs in particular. If any come close to her, let alone touch her, she starts wailing and crying and runs away. [more inside]
posted by coriolisdave on Mar 25, 2015 - 21 answers

Seeing-Eye Role Reversal

One of my dogs has suddenly developed some vision issues, and is having some trouble adjusting. It's breaking my heart to see her bump into things and become disoriented. Have any mefites gone through a transition like this? What are your tips/tricks to becoming a seeing-eye human? [more inside]
posted by Fig on Mar 25, 2015 - 12 answers

Home remedies for a dog with kennel cough

How can I make my dog with kennel cough more comfortable as she recovers? [more inside]
posted by Zosia Blue on Mar 23, 2015 - 9 answers

Asthma: What to do about the dogs?

I have no idea how to handle this situation. I have two dogs; whom I love very much. I've always been a little allergic to them, but it seems to be progressing to asthma. I have no idea how to begin to figure out what to do. Seeking advice. [more inside]
posted by LANA! on Mar 19, 2015 - 19 answers

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