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January 23

Assistance with Australian Shepard having seizures

One of our dogs seems to have seizures during walks specifically. Has anyone else had this happen? [more inside]
posted by o0dano0o at 1:14 PM - 12 answers

January 20

Our dog is an awesome, I mean, neurotic dog

Our tiny terrier mutt is a lovely, well behaved dog at home, but anywhere else turns into a nervous wreck. Anyone have a dog like this and manage to turn them into a robust traveling dog with training? [more inside]
posted by Wavelet at 4:45 PM - 5 answers

January 19

Cats and Sleeping

I'm about to adopt a cat (or two). In general, I'm planning to give them the run of the house. I'm a little worried about nighttime though. I know cats are active at night, and I'm a light sleeper. Detailed questions below. [more inside]
posted by diogenes at 9:49 AM - 22 answers

Canine Massage

Following on to my question last week, I want to ask about Canine Massage. I am thinking of getting certified in this as another part of the business. [more inside]
posted by falsedmitri at 5:22 AM - 0 answers

January 18

Raising Happy Confident Kittens

I recently got the opportunity to foster a Momma and her three kittens. We believe they're about eight weeks old. Poor Mom is in rough shape and she's at the vet getting IV fluids and antibiotics. They're all feral-ish. How do I best get them ready for adoption? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by Bistyfrass at 12:48 PM - 16 answers

Help me stem the tide of off-leash dogs in my town

Please help me brainstorm ways to get people in my town to stop walking their dogs off leash in violation of the leash law. All ideas welcome; even if they seem crazy, they might lead to a more practical solution. My on-leash dogs have been charged by off-leash dogs twice already this week and I've had it. I'm specifically focused on people walking dogs off-leash on the sidewalks in town. Things I've thought of so far after the jump, in increasing order of rage-fueled irrationality. [more inside]
posted by HotToddy at 11:04 AM - 30 answers

Rehoming a high-energy cat

A couple of days ago I asked what to do about a wild child cat who we just weren't clicking with. I must have jinxed myself by stating in the question that he was not being aggressive towards our older cat, because right after asking the question he started bullying the old guy. It's time to find him a new home where he will be happier, but this will be an uphill climb. Would it be best to simply take him back to the shelter? [more inside]
posted by ThreeSocksToTheWind at 10:54 AM - 7 answers

January 16

What should I read/do to prepare for becoming a dog owner?

I’ve wanted a dog for some time now, and I have decided that I’m going to aim to adopt one this summer, after my next round of board exams is done. I’ve never had a dog of my own before. What books should I read in the meantime? I’m planning to adopt an adult dog, not a puppy. Is there someone I can talk to about finding the right kind of dog for me? I’m primarily looking for a dog for companionship.
posted by ocherdraco at 7:46 AM - 23 answers

January 15

I don't like my new cat

...and the feeling seems to be mutual. [more inside]
posted by ThreeSocksToTheWind at 9:05 PM - 32 answers

Looking for a cat therapist in New York City who's like Jackson Galaxy!

We have three cats. Two get along with each other beautifully, but one is a scaredy-cat. [more inside]
posted by DMelanogaster at 5:03 PM - 7 answers

January 14

Recs for a Cat Sitter in Atlanta

I've recently moved into a new neighborhood & my go-to pet sitter friend isn't in range anymore. [more inside]
posted by pointystick at 2:05 PM - 8 answers

Finding a carrier for my cat in or around Cairo.

This was me, and after swearing I’d never do this again, here I am almost 10 years later trying to take a cat from Egypt to Canada. This time I know what I’m doing, but I can’t find the right carrier. [more inside]
posted by scrute at 4:19 AM - 6 answers

January 12

Cannabis for my cat?

Has anyone ever tried giving CBD (cannabidiol hemp) oil to their cat for seizures before? If so, how did you settle on a reputable seller (online or in person) amongst all of the options, with what would hopefully be the most standardized and safe product? Since it's probably relevant, we're in Washington, DC, and could have it shipped to friends over in Virginia if needed. [more inside]
posted by funfettisquid at 1:43 PM - 8 answers

Fostering rescue cats

I am considering volunteering at some point in the future to foster cats for a cat rescue organization in my NYC neighborhood, but am worried about being a "foster fail" (someone who adopts the first foster they take in). [more inside]
posted by merejane at 9:57 AM - 9 answers

January 11

Cat in neighbour's apartment (UKfilter)

Our lovely cat has managed to sneak out of our apartment. He also seems to have managed to sneak into our neighbour's apartment - we can hear him meowing through the door. But the neighbour hasn't been home for a few hours - what do we do now? We're in the UK. Cat picture and details inside! [more inside]
posted by CompanionCube at 12:10 PM - 23 answers

How do we come to terms with not giving our dog a good death?

Our Sophie had been slowing down; our deaf girl had arthritis and ever enlarging tumors on her legs starting to affect her mobility, in addition to other chronic conditions continually expanding our medication collection. She'd been recently diagnosed with cancer, but the vet was actually optimistic about this, saying treatment could improve her quality of life and keep her comfortable. [more inside]
posted by jacy at 8:37 AM - 27 answers

January 10

To read before getting a dog

We are probably getting a dog within the next year. I know nothing of dogs. Please recommend books. [more inside]
posted by kitcat at 10:12 AM - 11 answers

January 9

Avoiding unnecessary tests at the vet

I strongly suspect my cat has asthma from watching videos and other research. (Not my cat, but same symptoms.) I am taking him to the vet today and it is crucial for me to keep costs low, but of course I still want to do right by my cat. [more inside]
posted by AFABulous at 10:32 AM - 25 answers

January 8

Identify this bird

I visited the Masai Mara National Game Preserve in Kenya last year, and spotted this beautiful bird in a tree. Can you tell me what kind of bird it is?
posted by rdauphin at 10:49 AM - 3 answers

January 4

Looking for recipes for homemade dog chews and training treats

I have searched Pinterest and most are dog "cookies" with elaborate ingredients. I'm looking for simple chews and training treats I can make at home with minimal ingredients. If the recipe is a little complicated, I can handle it because I love to cook. I'm just looking for fresh and budget friendly above all. [more inside]
posted by rabu at 7:42 PM - 11 answers

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