I want to train my dog to stay, come, and heel (or, "come in closer, but you don't have to come right up to me"). How do I do this? [more inside]
In any of the Alf media (the live action sitcom, the cartoon, or any supplementary materials), is it ever explained how cats have come to be on both Melmac and Earth? Here, it says that it is unknown if Melmac cats and Earth cats are even the same species (presumably they coud be doing a kind of Allosaurus/T-Rex convergent-evolution thing), but perhaps someone out there with greater Alf knowledge can shed more light on this.
I'm a slob. I need a cleaning service. I'm totally willing to pay for a cleaning service. But I can't get over the idea that I'll have to clean before they come (which seems very contradictory and silly) and most importantly, I can't figure out how to trust random people alone on my house with my pets. How do other people do this? [more inside]
I switched to a wheat-based litter and now it is tracking everywhere despite my best efforts. Any suggestions for combating this? [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 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]
I'm out of ideas - help me convince my cat that the litterbox is a good place to be. Long explanation with as many details as I can think of inside. [more inside]
Any recommendations for pet boarding in Birmingham, UK? (Bonus: good vets.) [more inside]
Can someone recommend a good boarding kennel in London? We will be leaving the country for about two weeks for a visit home, and need to find a place for the pets while we're away. [more inside]
In the wake of a recent hoarding incident in Pennsylvania a local shelter has a large number of chihuahuas who will soon be needing permanent homes. I have previous experience dogsitting a family member's chihuahua for long periods of time so I know how to take care of adults, but some puppies are also available for adoption and I think that might be a rewarding experience. Everyone in the household has experience with dogs, but we have not raised a puppy. I was wondering if you could link me to the best guides for what to expect and how to raise a puppy, and specifically for the unique challenges of a chihuahua puppy. [more inside]
NameMyDogForTheMillionthTimeFilter: On Saturday I'll be bringing this guy home from the shelter. He's incredibly shy and distrusting of humans. What shall I call him? [more inside]
Leaving a pet in the house on vacation. Windows open or closed? [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]
How do flea collars work? Are they helpful or harmful? Our cat never had fleas, but we put a flea collar on him preventively because he's an outside cat. Now it looks like he's scratching himself really often, which we have never seen him do before. Should we take the collar off? How do flea collars work anyway? [more inside]
Bedbug treatment and cats - Should I board the cat after treatment of my apartment, and for how long? [more inside]
I'm beginning to think that owning pets isn't right for me. But I'm an animal lover, I grew up with pets and the thought of giving my own away breaks my heart. What should I do about this? [more inside]
If I treat clothes with Permethrin, let them completely dry outside (for three days), will they then be safe for cats to be around?
I want to get two cats (or kittens). I have two small boys. Should I or not? [more inside]
Gift ideas for veterinary co-workers that have recently helped me with my cats? [more inside]
Help me prep for setting off flea bombs. [more inside]
How do I get my puppy to stop peeing in excitement whenever she sees me upon my return? [more inside]
Homeless in NYC for two - three weeks with two cats. Any ideas about where to live? [more inside]
How can we find a good home in Houston for an adult cat who needs to be an "only" cat? [more inside]
What am I doing wrong in potty training my three dogs? [more inside]
Park Rose area of Portland. 2 cats, we are new to the city need a vet we can trust and who likes kitties, any success stories?
I'm moving into a new apartment in less than a week. I have three dogs that are not fully potty trained. Please recommend products I can spray around the place to discourage accidents on the carpet, furniture and floor. Please also recommend which products I need to make sure accidents don't result in a permanent stain and/or smell. Thank you !
At what point is it reasonable to get involved and call spcaLA, especially if the information is secondhand? All the troubling details inside. [more inside]
What pets don't hate being pets? [more inside]
How can I teach a cat the virtue of patience? [more inside]
My pet died. I think his death was preventable. Help me cope. [more inside]
How have you convinced your cat to let you sleep? (The cat who howls in the night). [more inside]
What to do about a possibly pre-existing pet urine stain that has soaked through the carpeting in our rental apartment? Especially since our cat has found the spot and is exacerbating the problem with her own urine! [more inside]
I need to exhume and move the remains of our pet. What can I expect? Any tips? Real world experience? [more inside]
Please help me find a reasonable way to handle being an unwilling co-owner of two cats [more inside]
My friend has a dog. Her boyfriend hates the dog. She would like to keep both of them, and has asked me for advice. What to tell her? [more inside]
Am I entitled to the return of my pet deposit? [more inside]
I meant to make MaPo tofu but didn't, and now have 1/2 pound of ground pork in the fridge. It looks and smells fine, but given that I had previously frozen it before its 3 day stay in the fridge, I'm not going to eat it. Is it safe to cook it up, refrigerate it, and give to my dog a little at a time? I often give him meat scraps on top of his dog food. Please note: I am not asking about the wisdom of feeding him "people food." I am asking about his risk of food poisoning.
Help my small apartment-dwelling friend come up with a fire evacuation plan for her goldfish. [more inside]
Very soon, after many years of waiting for the "right" time, I think I will FINALLY be in a situation where I can be a good dog owner and provide a pooch with a wonderful home. Help me make sure I'm not deluding myself. [more inside]
Name the kitten. Polydactyl edition. Details and pictures within. [more inside]
My five year old cats are little terrors. Help me train them! [more inside]
Is there any big city anywhere that has a really competent Animal Control Dept? [more inside]
In our two cat, one dog household, we are considering purchasing one of the many available Ultrasonic bark control systems (not the Collar versions!) Would the emitted sounds be audible to / affect the cats in the same way its intended to do for the dog? [more inside]
[Oakland, CA law/ordinance filter] Please help me find full text of laws or ordinances regarding pet licensing in Oakland, California (Alameda County). And is what I'm doing REALLY illegal or is it bureaucratic nonsense? [more inside]
I want to get a cat. I think. How do I know if this is a good idea? What does cat ownership entail? Is this too much? Feeling overwhelmed and in need of calm, soothing, authoritative advice. [more inside]
What practical, non-medical tips do you have for pet allergy sufferers who will have to stay in a home with a pet for multiple days? Next month I'll be faced with this. Reading previous questions, I saw a good suggestion - bring your own Pillow Case. What other things do you do when you know you have to live with someone with a pet for a few days? Any nonmedical suggestions for me, the visitor, are welcome, and I'd love to hear any kooky things you have done in the past that somehow worked for you.
Our dog is decidedly more manic when left alone with me. Is it normal for dogs to behave very differently with two different caregivers? How can I make things better for her where I'm concerned? [more inside]