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Any Vets in the house? Thinking of adopting a dog that's Heartworm+

I've been looking for a dog that matches me for about 2 years. Today I found a dog at the local pound but the dog is heartworm positive and undergoing treatment. Medical records and info/questions inside... [more inside]
posted by dobbs on Sep 25, 2013 - 35 answers

Condominium By-Laws Pets

My mother received two letters from her Condo association stating that she is in violation of a pet by-law for having me visit her at her home and bringing my dog(over 35 pounds). Here is the law as written: 10.8 A limit of one four legged animal, not weighing more than thirty-five (35) pounds is allowed per unit. I've spoken with the property management and they state that this law means no dogs over 35 pounds are allowed on property at all. As this law is written could that legally be in forced if i continue to visit with my dog? [more inside]
posted by slowtree on Sep 23, 2013 - 25 answers

How can I help my girlfriend with two dogs we just got after breakup?

I'm about to break up with my girlfriend of two years who I live with. We've had intermittent fights of me not being happy where it was going. The latest one happened just last week, the day before we picked up two dogs. She's going to keep the dogs (hard decision for me) if we break up, but what can I do to help? I feeling like I'm abandoning her with kids we just had. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 18, 2013 - 18 answers

Should this cat-owning/trying-to-conceive couple get a dog? If yes, how?

I want to know if I am crazy or not, because the last thing my life needs right now is More Bad Stuff. I am going through a very tough time lately (due to infertility and a dying parent). I also own two (neurotic) cats. I think I need a dog because an outpouring of goodness and unconditional happiness is sorely needed. But I'm trying to get knocked up, both my husband & I work full time, and I've never owned a dog before. Snowflake details inside, plus bonus question: if we get this dog, should it be a puppy or adult? From a breeder or a shelter? [more inside]
posted by barnacle on Sep 14, 2013 - 40 answers

How should I act around dogs?

My dog passed away a few months ago. He had a lot of problems with aggression and bit me several times. As a result, I am anxious around dogs and display nervous body language. How should I move past this and act the correct way around dogs again? [more inside]
posted by nakedandalone on Sep 9, 2013 - 7 answers

Roomie dogs are fighting consistently

I live with a person who has a dog that I like quit a bit. She's really friendly, well mannered, not many complaints. Another roomie moved in about 2 months ago with her own dog. Ever since moving in both dogs fight constantly. I don't know if you can assign fault, but the new dog often does a thing where it will bite at the old dog's neck until it responds. The old dog will sometimes steal food and chew toys from the new dog. This is nearly always play fighting, but sometimes they get carried away and seem to want to harm the other. If I'm home by myself yelling "Hey, assholes, stop it!" is enough to get them to stop for the rest of the day, and I can usually give a loud "Hey!" if I see them doing things that lead up to fighting. However, both other owners have a harder time getting them apart, and sometimes do things I think are counter productive. I don't want to tell them how to control their dogs, but it's really tiring to be living in the constant center of a dog fight. Should I take more active steps to discipline them while the owners are around, or should I just say "well, not my dog," and not intervene? [more inside]
posted by codacorolla on Sep 9, 2013 - 11 answers

Ok to self-diagnose your dog ?

Pretty darn certain my puppy has ear-mites in his right ear. Where should I draw the line at Internet diagnosis and ordering meds off the Internet vs a costly trip to the vet? [more inside]
posted by BlerpityBloop on Sep 9, 2013 - 21 answers

How to arrange getting new dog?

What's the best way to get a new dog in this specific situation? [more inside]
posted by Philosopher Dirtbike on Aug 30, 2013 - 10 answers

Holding the dog over the toilet, yes or no.

100% hypothetical question. I saw a tiny dog being walked today who couldn't have weighed more than 10 pounds. I wondered if such a tiny creature had to be walked at all, couldn't you just train it to go when you held it over the toilet, if it was going to remain tiny for its entire life? Please note I'm not planning to do this. I just want to know if it would be possible. I don't have a dog, and I don't want to have a dog, toilet-trained or not. This is just not an easy or quick thing to google because people use "toilet/potty training" to describe general housebreaking. Thanks for any insight you can provide.
posted by bleep on Aug 29, 2013 - 25 answers

Can a skittish cat ever share his home with a dog?

I have a scaredy-cat. He runs away from anything loud and/or fast. He is barely older than 3, and hopefully he'll live for a long time. Can I ever hope to get a dog while he's around? [more inside]
posted by MsMartian on Aug 28, 2013 - 12 answers

Need Help Finding an Expert Witness for Maltreatment of a Dog in NY

I took my dog to the vet clinic for what I thought was a simple spay but she almost died because of maltreatment and negligence. We ended up taking her to emergency and spent almost four thousand dollars. The doctor has refused to take responsibility for her actions. We have decided to sue her and will have our day in court next week. However we need an "expert" witness someone with a medical background that has a lot of experience with dogs to come or our case will not be heard. Hive could you help us find such an individual in NYC? We are willing to pay. [more inside]
posted by The1andonly on Aug 28, 2013 - 24 answers

The AZ Humane Society killed my friend's dog... basically.

My friend and her roommate found a wounded stray dog, turned him over to the humane society in hopes that his family would find him, and discovered that he had been send to the pound a day later and then euthanized last night while all week she was desperately trying to find his family AND get someone at the HS to tell her where he was. If she had not been lied to, she would have adopted the dog before he was killed. My friend is a highly involved volunteer worker in our community and she wants to take this public and do something to improve the situation... help us figure out what we can do! [more inside]
posted by celtalitha on Aug 17, 2013 - 20 answers

canine design

I'm going to get a pembroke corgi dog within the next year. Unfortunately, so many of the necessary supplies of dog ownership are just plain ugly. My apartment and my clothes reflect to me my love of all things beautiful and aesthetically pleasing. I love clean, sleek modern design AND ornate, vintage, antique things. Please show me the most beautiful dog related merchandise available! Crates, food/water bowls, leashes, anything and everything related to (beautifully) owning a dog.
posted by skjønn on Aug 14, 2013 - 30 answers

Pets and municipal weed control

Dogs, cats, and herbicides. My town hires a contractor to spray the gutters for weed control. A truck comes along and hoses down the gutters with Milestone (aminopyralid). It's impractical to give notice to homeowners of application dates because the window of application is extremely weather dependent; therefore I have no idea when it's going to happen and end up blithely walking my dogs straight through freshly applied herbicide at every single street crossing, as we walk four miles nearly every day of the year. Obviously many other dogs and outdoor cats are affected as well. How does your municipality handle weed control? Are you given notice? Are there more environmentally friendly ways of preventing weeds in gutters? Supposedly this is a very safe herbicide but, you know, we've heard that before. I strongly prefer not to walk my dogs in it.
posted by HotToddy on Aug 7, 2013 - 17 answers

Which shelter dog: quiet four year old or eager puppy?

We have narrowed down our choices to two dogs from a good shelter and would like dog advice. We are a big family with a toddler living in a flat next to a park, with one cat. We have had dogs always, but our last four all passed away and it's been a year without a dog in the house. One of our dogs was an abused rescue and bit children and was miserable a lot, so we really don't want to deal with another rehab dog. We did and will do obedience training and walks and plenty of time with the dog as there's always someone at home. The shelter is okay with either choice for us. [more inside]
posted by viggorlijah on Jul 27, 2013 - 34 answers

The dog is great except for this one thing...

Help me help my neighbor's dog (and mine) learn to share. [more inside]
posted by VTX on Jul 26, 2013 - 13 answers

Nervous dog likes to terrorize other, more nervous dogs. Advice?

My dog is generally nervous and submissive (and usually a delight). But sometimes she'll pick up on the fact that another dog is even more nervous and submissive than she is, and she'll basically bully it. I definitely try to cut off such behavior whenever it starts, but is there anything I can do to, basically, chill her out?
posted by malhouse on Jul 24, 2013 - 5 answers

Is it at all possible to bring a cat into a house with 6 dogs?

Can a street cat be brought into a home with 6 large dogs? My dad has 6 dogs, all very docile except for the female dog, and he wants to possibly bring his porch cat inside at some point over the next 4 months. Is this possible? [more inside]
posted by Jim On Light on Jul 19, 2013 - 13 answers

Oxytocin and Pets.

Is the hormone oxytocin released in the human brain when you interact with any pet, or does this only occur with cats and dogs? [more inside]
posted by Flood on Jul 19, 2013 - 8 answers

Hangout spots near Andover, NH?

I have a lovely chance to get together with an old friend this weekend. I'll be picking her up in Andover, NH, where she'll be for a scientific conference. I don't know the area at all, and would love a recommendation for a near-ish spot that we could hang out, have a beer or two, and where my dog would be welcome to lounge on the patio. After all, my former roommate would put a hurt on me if I didn't bring the pup along. [more inside]
posted by amelioration on Jul 17, 2013 - 2 answers

How can I help my friend cope and accept her dogs death?

One of my best friends is having a really hard time with her dying canine. She has had this dog since I have know her (14 years) and since the dog was a puppy. She has had some tough times in the years I have known her, and this dog has been her constant companion and helped her power through those times when she struggled even to get out of bed in the morning. She is (rightfully) having a really hard time letting go, though at this point it is the right thing to do. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 17, 2013 - 28 answers

He also uses his paws like hands way more than any other dog I know

My dog (pic) uses a strategically placed mirror to see my face when I'm in bed and check if I'm really asleep or not. He recognizes that the reflection is me and reacts accordingly. Is this genius level behavior with regard to the mirror test? Why or why not? [more inside]
posted by 2bucksplus on Jul 9, 2013 - 17 answers

Name that puppy!

I'm getting a puppy! He's a male cream-colored lab, pictured here. What should I name him? [more inside]
posted by mcav on Jul 8, 2013 - 41 answers

What other chews toys can I give to my strong-jawed dog?

My 14-month-old Akita female,Bailey, is a champion chewer. Elk antlers seem to be the only thing she can chew on that lasts any amount of time. She likes them okay but I'd like to give her more variety. [more inside]
posted by VTX on Jul 8, 2013 - 21 answers

I Need a Mini Bouvier

The beloved Bouzou Dog left us years ago. I would love another Bouvier, but I can no longer carry a hundred pound dog; and sooner or later, you have to carry your dog. The Bouzou Dog was true to breed: even-tempered, active out of doors, lazy in the apartment, alert to new people without being barky, watchful of our daughter, smart, trainable, and non-sheddy (hence relatively hypo-allergenic). What sort of mid-sized (30-50 pound) dog has all those attributes?
posted by musofire on Jul 7, 2013 - 9 answers

How much notice should we give the dog walkers?

We no longer need our dog walker's services. How much notice is enough? [more inside]
posted by The Loch Ness Monster on Jul 1, 2013 - 14 answers

Do dogs like novelty?

Do dogs like to go new places on their walks? Do they get bored of the same routes? [more inside]
posted by quadrilaterals on Jun 24, 2013 - 17 answers

Prozac for dogs, pros and cons?

Pet behaviorist says Prozac may be the way to go, but our vet isn't so sure. Does anyone have experience with Prozac for dogs? I'd like some insight. [more inside]
posted by patheral on Jun 17, 2013 - 17 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

Can't we all just get along?

Please help me to help my cat and new dog get along. [more inside]
posted by thank you silence on Jun 16, 2013 - 6 answers

Is there a place I can go to play with dogs?

I like dogs, but my lifestyle right now won't allow me to properly take care of one. Is there some place I can go to play with dogs when I want to? [more inside]
posted by JDHarper on Jun 16, 2013 - 15 answers

At least she's not smoking it

My dog is a grass-eater. I would like her to NOT be a grass eater. But am I being cruel by cutting her off from her favorite pasttime - grazing? [more inside]
posted by Elly Vortex on Jun 12, 2013 - 18 answers

Dog misbehavior ... introduced second dog

I have an 8 yr old American Staffordshire (LAILA), I adopted her at 2 years old (she had a past of abuse/neglect). She is an amazing dog but since I got her when I would leave sometimes she would chew anything in sight ...this behavior stopped finally once I worked with her and she started to become more confident in herself/me. Now, the only time she misbehaves is when another dog is introduced into the picture, and I can't get her to stop. [more inside]
posted by love2much on Jun 4, 2013 - 8 answers

Camping + Dog = ?

Although a relatively straight forward question, I feel the need to preface it with a quick bit of background information. I have previously camped with a a well-trained chocolate lab/german shepard, family dog for well over a decade. Now, camping with my own, gentle giant / mini horse. [more inside]
posted by Wynkoop on May 23, 2013 - 33 answers

How to calm down a hysterical dog?

I'm babysitting a friend's dog (female dog), and she's hysteric. She keeps crying by the door, trying to run away. What are the best ways to calm her down and make her feel more relaxed alone, away from her owner? Thanks MeFi.
posted by lipsum on May 20, 2013 - 13 answers

When do you become "the neighbor with the barking dog"?

When we first got our dog, Brandy, we didn't even know she *could* bark because she never barked. Now that she's come to realize this is her forever home, she's bound and determined to let everyone and anyone know it, so she barks at everything. [more inside]
posted by patheral on May 6, 2013 - 68 answers

Can we raise a dog as full time workers?

My husband and I work full time. What does it take to be responsible dog owners? [more inside]
posted by like_neon on May 6, 2013 - 24 answers

Place for me and my dog to spend some time tomorrow near Cambridge, MD?

I'll be in Cambridge for a few hours tomorrow with my dog and am looking for some places to enjoy together. [more inside]
posted by atayah on Apr 26, 2013 - 0 answers

Dog-friendly hotel in London, for 10kg dog?

I am heading to London for a few days in June, and I need a hotel to which I can take my 10kg dog. Requirements: 100-200 pound a night; near, or within easy public transport to, UCL; green space nearby (for the dog). The internet does not seem very good for this, as some of the hotels that *say* they accept dogs put restrictions (like, must be under 5lbs (!)), and a lot of the information online is old or incomplete. Does anyone know of such a hotel in London, and is certain they'll accept a 10kg dog?
posted by Philosopher Dirtbike on Apr 16, 2013 - 5 answers

Making old bones new again

I often give my dogs roasted beef "soup bones" straight from the butcher, the kind with marrow in them. After an evening's worth of undivided attention, they are stripped down to the bone and empty inside. What can I do to turn the hollow bones back into treats? [more inside]
posted by mireille on Apr 12, 2013 - 30 answers

I don't want to be THAT neighbor.

I am worried about my dogs adjusting to an apartment, is it a good idea to send a "hey, sorry if they're noisy, we're working on it! Please let me know if you have a complaint!" letter around to my immediate neighbors upon arrival? If it IS a good idea, any suggestions for wording? [more inside]
posted by HermitDog on Apr 7, 2013 - 20 answers

How do I give my dog the life she needs?

I can't meet my dog's needs anymore, now that I have two young children. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by Amity on Apr 6, 2013 - 29 answers

Beagles and cats?

We have a cat and we'd like to add a beagle to the family but are wondering if the two would get along. I understand a beagle is a hunting dog and might see the cat as something to track and, well, hound. Any stories here?
posted by xmutex on Apr 6, 2013 - 19 answers

Whats a good response to strangers' comments on my dog's limp?

My dog has bone cancer, and spends most of his time gimping around on three legs due a gross tumor on one of his hind legs. He's already a pretty striking dog (obligatory photos here and here and here), so people already often stop to talk to me about him and comment. Now, he has a very pronounced three-legged gate, and people comment on that too. I'm having a hard time dealing with explaining to people "he has cancer" multiple times a day, and watching their faces drop. Any suggestions as to how I can handle this better so I don't ruin my own and other people's day by making everyone think about awesome dogs dying? [more inside]
posted by Grandysaur on Mar 28, 2013 - 19 answers

Help me chill out my dog

I super love my 4-year old German Shepherd, but his desire to work/have a purpose has not waned with age, and I feel like he would be so much happier in life if I could help him find that purpose. His favorite thing on earth is playing fetch, but I know I can give him more than that. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by corn_bread on Mar 26, 2013 - 11 answers

What's this snake on our deck?

We were cleaning up out back for a cookout, and I spotted this little guy. Does anyone know what kind of snake this is? My guess was that it was not poisonous based on the head shape, but I don't know if that rule applies to baby snakes as well. More inside. [more inside]
posted by Quincy on Mar 16, 2013 - 8 answers

I can hear her baying from a mile away!

I recently adopted a three-year-old foxhound--a rescue. She's sweet tempered and gentle with people and other animals. But I have two huge problems. [more inside]
posted by byjingo! on Mar 5, 2013 - 14 answers

Housebreak a dog and keep my sanity

The internet is full of lame gimmicks, wannabe dog whisperers, and advice on crating. Help me housebreak my poor, dumb, dog for real. [more inside]
posted by littlerobothead on Mar 4, 2013 - 20 answers

Who wrote this story about a marvellous Alsation dog?

If anyone recognises this story, please can you tell me the author? I think the story is about five years old. An ordinary man with low self-esteem is dumped by his beautiful intelligent accomplished girlfriend. She gives him a dog as a pity present, with a snide subtext that the dog is better than he is. Gradually through caring for the dog, a magnificent Alsation, and taking pride in it, the man recovers his self-esteem and becomes sought-after. It's a story that feels as if it has a lot of undercurrents and as if it's not as simple as it looks: in some way the dog stands in for the guy, or represents the guy or becomes a totem for him. Or something.
posted by glasseyes on Mar 3, 2013 - 3 answers

Hiking with my dog within 1-2 hours of Lodi this weekend?

Where's a great place to take my dog hiking this weekend that's 1-2 hours from Lodi, Calif.? [more inside]
posted by DakotaPaul on Mar 1, 2013 - 4 answers

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