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Pet loss & grief... if you've been there, a few questions for you

It really sucks, doesn't it. [more inside]
posted by wannabecounselor on Nov 23, 2015 - 29 answers

Got rid of fleas, now for the flea dirt

My pooch was eaten the heck up with fleas, and after about two months, some laundromat trips, a trip to the vet, etc, we've been flea-free for a couple of weeks now. I'm having a heck of a time trying to get rid of the flea dirt he had picked up, however. [more inside]
posted by iarerach on Nov 20, 2015 - 10 answers

Why are dogs so extra afraid of thunder?

This is really a multiple-part, branching question. 1. Are wolves that afraid of thunder? 2. If they aren't, why are dogs? (Subquestion: Did we have something to do with it?) 3. If they are, why haven't they evolved out of it? And it goes on from there. Cats in my experience don't freak out nearly as much. I don't know about things like elephants or hyenas, who also must face grave threat from lightning. There doesn't seem to be a shred of anything worth reading about this anywhere.
posted by Camofrog on Nov 14, 2015 - 14 answers

Dog Friendly Maine

Can you recommend some good dog-friendly outings (short hikes, dog friendly beaches, destinations, trips, etc) in southern/southwestern Maine? Bonus points for those who can also recommend: a) things to do with the pup this weekend, and/or b) good resources (online, print, or other) to discover more of dog-friendly Maine. [link to adorable dog photo inside] [more inside]
posted by .kobayashi. on Oct 23, 2015 - 7 answers

Reluctant UK dog owner, staples chicken wire to furniture

Mrs. Demon and I both remember reading, in either a book or a periodical, in the early '80s, an article about an Englishman who found himself with a dog he didn't really want, which dog then had puppies. To keep the puppies in one place, he made a pen by stapling chicken wire to his living room furniture. Does anyone remember anything like this?
posted by carping demon on Oct 5, 2015 - 1 answer

How to Globe-Trot with Dog

My (new) husband and I have decided it’s finally time to live the dream by stepping back from our jobs and traveling the world for the indefinite future. We would like to spend at least a month each in cities all around the world. Difficulty level: 14 year old Scottish terrier. Looking for advice of all stripes. [more inside]
posted by fiery.hogue on Sep 27, 2015 - 23 answers

My family's growing. Which large SUV should we buy?

We have two big dogs and will be adding a second carseat in the next couple weeks. Our crossover is already not cutting it space-wise. What large SUV should we get? [more inside]
posted by ugly on Sep 13, 2015 - 25 answers

Pet-health experts & leather-dye experts - completely normal question

Is it safe to make dog and cat toys from recycled leather* jackets and bags? Googling is not helping here. I feel like my little buddies would love some leather toys, and I could probably give or sell some to friends/neighbours, but I just want to be on the safe side. [more inside]
posted by 100kb on Aug 21, 2015 - 7 answers

How to help my mom with the upcoming death of her dog

My mother's 13 year old dog has stomach cancer and has been throwing up every day. Given the way the past two dogs died within days of my father last year, I'm pretty sure this is going to hit her really hard. How do I help? (Snowflake details inside) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 1, 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 is a beagle, really?

Say you have two pure-bred dogs: a pug and a beagle. If you breed them, you will end up with a crossbreed of two purebreds: a puggle. Is it possible to breed two true puggles and end up with a dog that is by breed standards (or genetic standards?) identical to a pure-bred pug or beagle? Thank you.
posted by griphus on Jul 23, 2015 - 12 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

Can I Eat It: Dog Park Edition

A local dog park as a very large quantity of edible berries (chokeberries and chokecherries to be exact). They're located right inside the dog run, though. I'm curious weather or not the concentration of dog poop/pee might effect the berries in terms of flavor/nutrients? Is there such a thing as too much "fertilizer"?
posted by contemporarySlob on Jul 14, 2015 - 5 answers

Vet malpractice?

A friend had a very odd experience at the vet and it's now costing him tons of money and I'm questioning my own use of the vet. What are the options? [more inside]
posted by You Should See the Other Guy on Jul 6, 2015 - 10 answers

What to do about my special snowflake of a dog?

I had a ton of questions about our feral rescue when he first came to live with us last spring. And now I have a new one. He has become super unruly lately and I'm not sure what to do. In particular, he has been getting really weird with people who cut through the off leash area. He'll run over and start barking at them. He runs in circles around them and barks loudly. When he's this keyed up, he won't listen to me at all. I can usually eventually get a stick in his line of vision and convince him that the stick is way more interesting than this poor person, but I don't like it. I'd love some advice about what we should be doing about this! [more inside]
posted by amandabee on Jun 26, 2015 - 8 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

Friends of long-haired dogs in the summertime....

What are your go-to measures of comfort for the overheated summer dog in your life? [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama on May 26, 2015 - 21 answers

cat = dog?

My cat acts like a dog. Is it possible that he was raised by dogs? [more inside]
posted by theodolite on May 13, 2015 - 33 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

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

Kill my weeds (wandering jew, black eyed susans)

How can I kill a rampant infestation of wandering jew and black eyed susan? The weeds are making my dogs itchy itchy itchy! Manually pulling them out makes me itchy itchy itchy! [more inside]
posted by stellathon on Apr 12, 2015 - 10 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

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

Dog and cats living together...NOT mass hysteria?

We've had an adopted coonhound for four months, and she's essentially ignored our two cats the whole time. All of a sudden she's started to act aggressively toward them. Why?? What can we do?? [more inside]
posted by Bromius on Mar 25, 2015 - 8 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

Yo, dog. What's your name?

Please help me give my awesomest new friend an equally awesome name! [more inside]
posted by lettuce dance on Mar 17, 2015 - 60 answers

Dog-proof couch recommendations?

Our well-worn 12-year old Pottery Barn leather couch is on its last legs, and we are searching for a dog-friendly replacement that will stand up to claws, hair, and other associated dog-related dangers. [more inside]
posted by tybstar on Mar 15, 2015 - 4 answers

What can I do for a random injured dog?

I saw a dog get hit and injured on the highway. What should/could I have done? Unpleasantness inside (no gore or death). [more inside]
posted by cmoj on Feb 25, 2015 - 7 answers

How do I win this dog's trust?

I just started doing contract work in a small office a few times a week, and one of my co-workers brings her adorable Australian Shepherd (~1 year old) on Tuesdays. From day one, this dog has been very threatened by my presence, and unless she is restrained, she will attack me whenever I walk across the office. Are there any things I can try to help ease this awkward situation? [more inside]
posted by oxisos on Feb 19, 2015 - 44 answers

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 on Jan 31, 2015 - 56 answers

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 on Jan 27, 2015 - 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 on Jan 27, 2015 - 7 answers

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 on Jan 20, 2015 - 27 answers

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 on Jan 18, 2015 - 5 answers

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 on Jan 15, 2015 - 16 answers

My dog is afraid to get in the car...

My dog (seven year old heeler/aussie shepherd mix) is afraid to get in the car. She's a shelter dog who came with some nervous issues (other fears include bathrooms, abandonment, and strange men, especially with hats or beards), but she has made amazing progress over the last year or so... except when it comes to getting in the car! She'll sit outside the open door and tremble, roll over in abject surrender, etc. How can I help her? [more inside]
posted by grey_sw on Jan 13, 2015 - 19 answers

Pet care - Cat's Cracked Calluses

Can I put a hydrocolloid dressing on a cat's cracked callus? [more inside]
posted by travelwithcats on Jan 10, 2015 - 7 answers

canine cataract quandary

Last fall, my 13-year-old dog had cataract surgery in both eyes. Best money I ever spent, but it was quite a lot! one unexpected expense was the regime of eyedrops, and the advice that he will need daily Flurboprofen drops for the rest of his life. YANMV, but - can I substitute any over-the-counter anti-inflammatory eyedrops for the prescription ones, which cost roughly $1 per drop? [more inside]
posted by mmiddle on Jan 5, 2015 - 6 answers

I'm at my wits end with my 10 month old puppy

The past 3 months since adopting my puppy have seen relatively no progress in his myriad behavior issues. I'm beyond stressed out, annoyed with him to the point of regretting the adoption and need a serious game plan and pep-talk. [more inside]
posted by remlapm on Jan 4, 2015 - 33 answers

Bagless dogs on Brooklyn subways recently?

In the last month, I've noticed a lot of people bringing their pet dogs on the train with no bag? Has anyone else noticed if MTA has been more relaxed about this recently? This last gal strolled her black lab across the platform at Morgan Ave L in front of employees with no repercussions. Does MTA really care enough to ticket anymore? [more inside]
posted by Kestrelxo on Dec 24, 2014 - 2 answers

Why has my dog turned into a puke machine?

My dog seems to be suffering from a stomach bug and I'm not quite sure what to do. Exhaustive details inside. [more inside]
posted by zeusianfog on Dec 21, 2014 - 11 answers

No Dogs Go To Heaven Under Any Circumstances

There are widespread reports that the Pope now claims that animals go to heaven, based on this article from the illustrious Daily Express newspaper, and in particular this line: “One day we will see our animals again in eternity of Christ’, Francis quoted Paul as saying. Is this a real quote attributed to Paul, or is the Express making shit up, or is Francis making shit up, or what is happening
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 on Dec 12, 2014 - 18 answers

Relocating to Sacramento - advice needed re furniture & dogs

I just got a new job in Sacramento and will be relocating there next month from Washington. (Yikes! That's soon!) Should I bring everything (furniture-wise) with me or is there a good furniture consignment place there? Also, anything a dog owner should know? [more inside]
posted by knolan on Dec 8, 2014 - 9 answers

How to get one dog used to being alone once our other dog passes away?

For Ollie's entire seven years of life, it's been "MaxAndOllie." Now, Max is nearing his end-of-life. How do we get Ollie used to being home alone with a minimal amount of stress (him) and tears (me)? Sadness & lumpy throats inside. [more inside]
posted by kimberussell on Dec 1, 2014 - 9 answers

Feasible to recover from chest tightness/dry cough with a dog around?

I currently have chest tightness since this past July. I used to have asthma as a kid. I've gone to my primary care doctor about 3-4 times already. The following tests were performed: [more inside]
posted by tnar23 on Nov 21, 2014 - 10 answers

Did Purina Beneful make my dog sick?

One of our miniature dachshunds is deathly ill, vomiting and pooping blood. He's at the emergency vet overnight. My husband started feeding our dogs Purina Beneful four days ago and when I did a search to see if there has been any sort of recall I found this page full of people reporting similarly sick dogs. [more inside]
posted by Jacqueline on Nov 19, 2014 - 19 answers

Wouf wouf.

Inspired by this post on the blue, I was wondering if MeFites who have gotten their beloved French bulldogs from good breeders would care to share some info. [more inside]
posted by Sheydem-tants on Nov 12, 2014 - 6 answers

You rang?

Now that it's getting colder, I won't be leaving the back door open all the time for the dogs to go in and out. With my Dane, this is not such an issue, but with the Beagles it kind of is. I would like to train them to do something like ring a bell attached to the door when they need to go out. [more inside]
posted by PlantGoddess on Nov 10, 2014 - 9 answers

2 live dogs at the end of 2 weeks

I've offered to dog sit for a friend and the first meeting didn't quite go to plan. Please help me make this work, even if it's only for this one time. [more inside]
posted by Youremyworld on Oct 19, 2014 - 9 answers

Moving suburban dogs to a rural property

We've just bought a 10 acre rural property (Tasmania, Australia), and will be moving there in the next month with our two dogs. Yay for them! Except these two dogs have only ever lived in well-fenced suburban backyards and are mostly walked on leads - what are some tips for training them to stay close and not run away, once they're out on the farm? [more inside]
posted by Jimbob on Oct 19, 2014 - 7 answers

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