Fractured metatarsals in dogs. My dog has broken three metatarsals in one hind paw - the fractures are straight across in the same line. We've been advised to see an orthopedic vet to discuss surgery vs. splinting. What should we know going into this meeting? Can you suggest good questions to ask? Can this kind of injury be caused by stress, i.e. jumping on a hard surface? [more inside]
How do you stop a year-and-a-half old Labradoodle from eating every sock in the house? He's just back from the vet yet again, and his determination to find at eat socks at any costs is racking up untenable bills and stress. Any ideas to save him from getting muzzled or crated? [more inside]
Neighbor's dogs just attacked my kitten. What? [more inside]
My dog peed in the house today. Do I need to start over with him? [more inside]
My dog has started urinating out of control from time to time. What's wrong with her? [more inside]
Cool or uncool: your spouse gets a second dog from a local shelter without asking or consulting you? [more inside]
My (otherwise healthy, but very itchy as of late) dog licked and chewed his tail so much today that there is now a raw, bloody spot near the base. We are going to the vet tomorrow morning. Is there anything I can do tonight to stop the itching so we can both sleep? My instinct is to trim the hair around the wound, clean it with water, apply human antibiotic/anti itch cream, and somehow bandage the tail. Bad idea? Better ideas?
Mefites, do you know of any nice, dog-friendly beach for a day trip in New Jersey or Delaware? [more inside]
My dog "chews" bed sheets. She leaves no holes, which is why I use quotation marks. She sits on the floor close to the bed and nibbles with her front teeth on the edge of the bed. She's done this for years; she's an eight year old pit bull. Does anyone know why she does this?
He's not a puppy anymore. But he is a random pooper. [more inside]
I have an older dog whose front tooth is loose enough that I can wiggle it with my fingers. I'm taking him into the vet tomorrow, but before I do, I'm wondering: is it possible for the vet to remove a dog's tooth without putting him under anesthesia?
I have a beautiful, fun and energetic puppy. A Husky cross (we don't know what the other half is, but it must have been small). She loves to play games. Me and my partner alternate working from home during the day. What fun games can we play with her at home, indoors, that don't distract too much from our work? [more inside]
What should I do for my new puppy when I have to be away for long periods? [more inside]
What is the best place to store my pets' flea medication. I had it in the fridge for the last few weeks. Is it ruined? [more inside]
What breed are these puppies?
My 5 year old dog is suddenly peeing in the house. Help me figure out why (possible side effect of medication?). [more inside]
Yesterday, I picked up my 18-month-old pit bull-type mix Chance after three weeks of boarding. His coat is in bad shape in he is shedding unimaginable amounts of hair. What's the best approach to get him healthy again? [more inside]
There are SPOILERS in this question. I was wondering if anyone knows the breed of the second dog in the movie The Wake Wood, starring Aiden Gillen. [more inside]
Should I give notice one week after moving in? [more inside]
How can I stop my neighbor's dogs from barking? [more inside]
My husband and I have booked a hotel for a long weekend in Eastham (Cape Cod), just after Labor Day. I am getting anxious about what exactly we will be doing during that time, rather than looking forward to the time. Please help me to (loosely) schedule time and/or suggest things to do (especially those that are pet-friendly) while we are there... [more inside]
How to afford MRI/Spinal Tap procedure for a dog (in northeast US). Need to make decision in next 12 hours. [more inside]
Strange Dog Behavior Filter: Whenever I take my dog to my friend's house (one particular friend, we're there often), she runs right to their water/food bowl (they have a dog) and eats and drinks everything. [more inside]
Why is our dog suddenly being an asshole? [more inside]
My dog will nip at strange people if they come to the house and come towards me. How do I stop it? [more inside]
My puppy has taken to playing by biting other dogs' (and cats') ears. Do I need to get him to stop? And if so, how? [more inside]
What to expect when dealing with an Animal Rescue Group? [more inside]
My dog's had diarrhea and soft stools on and off for about two months, despite rounds of forti-flora, tylan powder, metronidazole, and anti-parasite medication. Please help me figure out what's going wrong inside her! [more inside]
How specific is breed specific legislation? [more inside]
What's the best approach when my puppy growls and snap at people and other animals? [more inside]
Dog bite. Am I in danger? [more inside]
I have a dog leash with a snap hook (it appears to be called) on one end and something else on the other end. [more inside]
Can you please suggest what my mixed breed dog might be a mix of? Bonus points if you don't say "German Shepherd". [more inside]
My dog's mouth is bleeding; there's a lump by her gums. It's 10pm here. What should we do? [more inside]
A colleague brings a noisy and disruptive (but otherwise lovely!) dog to the office, what's the best way of telling him that it's not OK? [more inside]
Could my dog have possibly have worms as well as ticks? [more inside]
Neighbor problem. My neighbor lets unleashed dogs run around. [more inside]
Please tell me everything I need to know about the logistics of finding an apartment and moving to Boston on a month's notice. [more inside]
Which picture to give my vet? Is a picture appropriate? [more inside]
Dog diapers suck, they're expensive and they don't fit! Anyone successfully hacked adult diapers for a large-breed dog? My dog (and my floors and my nose) need help.... [more inside]
Puppy woes: Is there any possibility of making this work? [more inside]
Thanks to a change in fireworks sale laws in my state, people are really lighting off their rockets and whiz-bangers and whatnot. My dog, she hates that. Does the Thundershirt actually work? Any other tips for chilling out explosion-averse dogs?
How do I decide how best to have my dogs vaccinated? And what vaccinations are really necessary? And possibly going against my vet’s wishes. Detailed snowflake inside. [more inside]
We have a neutered 15 month Irish Terrier. Very well trained and walked etc, a very content little fellow. I (the Dad in the family) take him on most walks and fun/training stuff. Today as my wife walked him, while stopped at a street corner waiting to cross, he quietly cocked a leg and peed on her leg! I've seen non-neutered dogs at the park do this but never our dog. He listens to both of us but I have most interaction with him. What does this behavior mean? What do you think is going on his head?
My puppy has gamed a way for me to spend an extra 5 minutes with him in the morning. By peeing on the floor. [more inside]
What are some ways I can break my dogs possessive behavior when it comes to balls and Frisbees? [more inside]
Need immediate dog wound advice (yes, yes, YNMVet, but you are the hive mind). [more inside]
My dog seems to be allergic to something. Skin scrapes have shown it isn't mites or anything else. We've changed his food and other things in his environment, and he's still miserable. Pictures here. [more inside]
Strange and traumatic dog biology question! Not for the faint of heart. [more inside]