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I left some yarn out after a day of crocheting. My cat ate an unknown amount. She’s now being prepped for surgery, and I’m not coping. [more inside]
This charming lass is a 3 year-old border Aussie named Holly. She's plateaued in her training, and our trainer would like us to use an e-collar. I'm having a hard time coming to terms with it, since it seems, well, cruel. Can I get opinions on e-collars? [more inside]
Our terrifying bruiser of a house panther (cat tax) is very sick. We’re in the middle of rounds of tests with the vet, leading to what seems like an ominous conclusion. I guess we’re mining hopium, here. Input from vets or experienced cat owners very welcome. Snowflakes… [more inside]
Trying to find a harness for something of a pear-shaped cat-dog. [more inside]
How can I, as a pet owner, learn to have more chill? [more inside]
Friendfilter: one of my friend's two 17-year old dogs, adorable littermates who had rarely been apart in their lives, passed away suddenly* a couple of days ago. The other little guy was present and seems to understand and accept the loss, but my friend would like advice and tips on making her remaining time with the survivor better and easier for him. [more inside]
You had a dog with lymphoma which you decided not to treat with chemo. What was the result? [more inside]
I have a cat. The fur gets everywhere. Say I have two shirts or two bed-sheets, ostensibly both 100% cotton, where one acts like a powerful & tenacious magnet for the fur but the other does not: why is that so? Is it to do with the type of weave? The way the fabric has been chemically treated (or not)? Is it an electrostatic thing? When buying shirts & sheets in future, I would prefer them not to be fur-magnets: what should I be taking into consideration when purchasing?
I get Dexamothasone eye drops for my GSD (tax). It says they are out of stock. How do I get this now? [more inside]
I have to travel from LA to San Diego and stay overnight for two events. The trip will probably be about 24 hours total including travel and sleep. My cat is 10. I do not have anyone to check in on her. If I put out two litter boxes, a few bowls of water, and two plates of her dry food, will she be okay? I know she'll be mad, but like... Will she be okay?
Hi, new dog owner here. I’m 6 months into being the proud guardian of my rescue mutt, who’s really settled in nicely into my life - maybe too much, as she’s now throwing tantrums when I tell her to do something she doesn’t want to do. [more inside]
I have a dog named Laszlo, named after Matt Berry's fantastic vampire in What We Do in the Shadows. He loves learning tricks. Help me come up with ideas for some on-theme tricks! [more inside]
We have a new 11 month old Siamese/Bengal mix, female, who is vocal, curious, vertical (climbs), likes to cuddle and be petted, but doesn't like to be picked up. She came with a name but it's sliding off. See for yourself. Suggestions will be taken under advisement, thank you kindly!
My good next-door neighbor is entering a 28-day rehab this weekend. He's incredibly bonded with his cat (it's his first cat, they are VERY close), and he's super anxious about leaving him. I have my own cat (they've had one mostly successful playdate) and will be taking care of his. I work from home, neighbor has also worked from home. When we've traded off sitting, his boy usually hides or ignores me. What would be a good schedule to keep his cat happy and ease my neighbor's mind? [more inside]
A friendly neighborhood cat occasionally shows up on our fire escape. He's clearly a pet who is allowed to roam, rather than a stray-- he is visibly well-fed and well-cared for. Plus, he has a collar with a tag that says "Roberto. DO NOT FEED" followed by contact information. I won't feed him, but we enjoy his visits-- so what can I do to encourage Roberto to stop by more often? [more inside]
Last week I lost my beloved cat suddenly due to a stroke. From one moment to another, she was gone, she passed away in my arms. Despite an immediate rush to the vet, nothing could be done to save her. She was healthy, happy, and playful, I got her urine checked recently and her bloodwork was done on the same day. The results came out fine, she received quality food, plenty of cuddles and it is just... unbelievably shocking. I still cannot believe it how my best friend, the first creature who loved me unconditionally, is gone. Mosty likely it is a heart failure or brain stroke, according to vet. [more inside]
I've read several accounts by people whose vets would treat feline gastro lymphoma on strong suspicion rather than requiring a surgical biopsy. Did this happen in your case? [more inside]
I'm not an expert on dog anatomy (or any species, really), but common sense and the general knowledge I do have tells me that the neck is a very sensitive area. I can't imagine that pulling on it is a good idea, but it seems like most dogs wear collars all their lives and don't seem to have horrible neck injuries in their old age. What's going on here, how can this work?
New dog owner. What are small helpful tips, tricks, or life hacks that you wouldn't read about in the books for giving the dog and their owners their best and happiest life? [more inside]
Our cat, aged fifteen, has kidney disease and intestinal thickening. For a variety of reasons, I suspect lymphoma rather than IBD. Did/does your cat have small cell lymphoma? How do/did you treat? [more inside]