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Flea and tick control for pets

We recently moved to a rural area in the midwest, from the city. Our cats spend most of the day outside but sleep indoors at night. We give them Frontline topical flea and tick every month, but have found several ticks inside our house that they bring in.

According to Google, Frontline kills the ticks if they attach to a pet that regularly receives treatment (does not prevent them from getting on). We have found some ticks dead/ dried up on our pets and in the cat beds, but I guess there are others that drop off earlier and survive.

Anyone have suggestions on how to prevent the ticks from ever entering the house? I was looking into getting the yard/ house foundation sprayed down by a company, but don’t know how effective it will be if we have long grass and woods surrounding the yard.

Thanks!

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2024/05/20
11:06 UTC

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Cat kidney disease advice

Hello guys,

I would like to ask your advice if you have had experiences with cats that have had kidney disease. My cat is 19 years old (turning 20 this year) and I have grown up with him all my life. I have counted myself very lucky because he has always been very healthy, and he has lived for many years without any health issues. That being said, last year he got diagnosed with kidney disease, as some of his test results were telling. We started him immediately on renal wet food and he has been okay ever since, even though he has obviously lost some muscle and some weight as he has grown older.

When I asked my vet about what I should do, she just kept being like you cant do anything he's just old. Taking a second opinion was the same, I mean they only barely recommended me two types of cat food. One of them even joked I should get him a new kidney, which was annoying as shit. I know he's very old but where I live, maybe because younger cats may encounter problems, vets are quick to dismiss any kind of treatment for very senior cats.

The past few weeks he has been losing even more weight, with decreased appetite, and now one of his legs is kind of numb so we are always worried when he stumbles and try to accomodate him. He doesn't look in pain, but I know cats are not showing it as much.

I suppose my question is, have you guys navigated such symptoms with your own cats? And was something helpful to them, to slightly make their life better? Any kind of advice would be helpful. Like I said, I know he's probably not going to live a lot more, but I want his life to be painless and happy until the end.

Any advice is greatly appreciated. Have a great day!

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2024/05/20
11:05 UTC

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Lillies and dogs

Bought two bouquets of flowers and one had a lily already bloomed. Only noticed when I got home and cut open the bouquet from the wrapping. Immediately got rid of them,wiped everything down, and I have the air purifier on. My dog is small and only about 15 lbs. The dog was in another room while I was opening them up. Should I be concerned? I get anxious cause he was hospitalized several times before (for other reasons)

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2024/05/20
08:53 UTC

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Best bug spray that’s safe around dogs (Australia)

Hi all,

Been trying to find the best bug spray that is safe to spray around dogs. I live in Australia so if anyone from Australia has any recommendations that would be fantastic. :)

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2024/05/20
08:41 UTC

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Best medium/ large sized dog for a family?

We've just purchased our first home, part of the deal was that we'd get a puppy once we we'd bought so now I'm looking for advice on what type of dog to look for to suit our situation.

We live close to the beach (5 minute walk) and close to walkways and reserves, (5 minute walk the other way!) And I work from home, attending meetings maybe once a fortnight one day a week kinda thing so I'm home very often.

Kids are boys aged 7 and 9, pretty active and very into animals, we have two cats who they feed every morning and night..

We all like golden retrievers, I'm quite partial to a black lab... but looking for advice on both these breeds plus recommendations for any other larger breeds that I may not have considered! I'd be a first time dog owner, so really want to take the time to research before taking the leap.

4 Comments
2024/05/20
08:39 UTC

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So what's the deal with my cat?

I saved this feral from outdoors a year ago and she's always been a mix of cuddly vs standoffish depending whether shes on the bed or running around the floor in other rooms, and she was never very vocal.

It seems like in the last 2 months she's gotten a lot more vocal. Not howls, but just trills or chirps. She walks up behind me at the desk and makes noise. She walks into the bathroom when Im in there and makes noise. She meows at the door and when I open it she makes talks while running into the room.

its really weird. Is it because she's copying humans talking to her?

4 Comments
2024/05/20
07:45 UTC

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Traveling - Medium Dog

Hey guys -

Want to travel with my 35 lb, goldendoodle across country. I can drive with him for the most part but looking to fly him.

What airlines allows 35 lb dogs in their cabin?

If there are any, what are their rates? I am flying from CO to TN!

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2024/05/20
06:03 UTC

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Trupanion?

On another subreddit I made a post regarding some news from Trupanion clarifying how they plan to cover FIP in cats.

The amount of grief/anger/rude comments I received was ridiculous. Can anyone give me some first hand experiences of Trupanion insurance after animal adoption. Did you have any surprise pre-existing conditions that were listed due to treatment prior to adoption?

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2024/05/20
04:53 UTC

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Are lizards affectionate pets?

I’ve been thinking of getting a pet lizard for a while now. Are they particularly affectionate?

11 Comments
2024/05/20
03:58 UTC

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Can my puppy be in heat again?

My German Shepard puppy is 14 months old (15 months on June 1st). She had her first heat cycle (confirmed by vets) about 4 months ago. Today I’ve noticed a couple blood spots on the floor and it’s definitely coming from her. Can my puppy have another heat cycle 4-5 months after having her first one? Thanks in advance!

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2024/05/20
03:24 UTC

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Best interest of a good boi

OK so I'm in a situation with my ex's dog and need some insight, focusing on the dog's wellbeing/best interest. My ex was arrested within the last month, and his dog was with him at the time, so it was taken to doggie jail (city impound). He didn't do anything really bad (no one was hurt), but he's been struggling with addiction and homelessness. No word yet on when he'll be released...could be next week or could be a few months... Prior to his arrest, I had been taking care of his dog when he'd decide he couldn't have the dog with him that day/days, and then he'd come by within 1-3 days to pick up the dog. He's had the dog for about 3 yrs, but only been struggling with homelessness/severe addiction this last year. For the last year I had been the one buying dog food, toys (the ball throwers and balls continuously went missing), and providing shelter. Police had told me at that time that despite his situation I can't withhold his dog. Ok fine.

A week ago he gave consent for animal services to release the dog to me, since he couldn't get the dog himself, and he didn't want the dog to be lost in the shelter system. He's a very good boy, but he's a bigger dog, middle age, is missing teeth, and missing an eye, and not a dog I'd assume would be quickly adopted based on looks (I could be wrong though, i think hes cute). Which involved the dog now being licensed to me. I can care for him short term, but my life is not set up for a big dog in the long term, but I can find him a home. I had explained this several times to my ex before going to get him. He still wanted me to pick him up. I had made a plan with a friend, who has met the dog and cares about his wellbeing, and they are able to either keep the dog forever, or keep it until my ex gets his life together...if he does. My friend has an acreage, but he works 2 weeks on/1 week off, out of town. His friend/roommate takes care of the place and the 2 other dogs. I dont have a plan B... What is the best thing to do for this dog? Did I screw up by going to get the dog? I told my plan to the policeman at the impound and he said that I might screw up the dog if I go through with this plan :( My ex is now talking as if he'll get his dog back ASAP, which is very frustrating for me because I thought he understood our previous discussions. Is it ethical to return ownership to him if he's still homeless and/or still brand new in his recovery?

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2024/05/20
03:16 UTC

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What bad smell is coming from my cats??

There is a bad smell all over everything in my room from my cats, but I can't pinpoint what is. Its all over everywhere the cats are, and it's on every cat too. It's not pee or poop, I know what those smell like and this isn't it. Do cats just naturally have a musty smell? Would giving them bathes help? It's not them tracking litter either,I don't think, cuz I have track mats as well. Does anyone know what I'm talking about? Should I be worried? This smell has persisted for over a year now

5 Comments
2024/05/20
03:11 UTC

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I need some of the cutest and most outrageous cat names out there. Give me all you got

I’m currently not in a position where I can own a cat, this is just for me to get ideas. Please do not suggest any names that are NSFW.

28 Comments
2024/05/20
02:48 UTC

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Are my cats bored?

I have two roughly middle aged cats and they used to like playing a lot, but a while back they just stopped playing. I try to get them interested, but they’ll just sit there and look sad. They’ve been inside cats their whole lives and I wonder if they don’t like it here. I do let them outside to roam but they stay in my backyard for the most part. I might be rambling here but this has been a worry of mine for a really long time. Is there any way I can help them not be so bored?

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2024/05/20
01:36 UTC

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Found 2 months old stray cat - HELP!

Looking for advice! Found a sweet 2-month-old kitty outside and he is not eating. Tried milk (Olpers mixed with Water), boiled chicken, and vet-recommended food (HAPPY CAT - wet kitten canned food), but no luck. Any tips for getting a kitten to eat. & He has been sleeping entire time, just wakes up jumps around MEOWS alot and goes back to sleep!
I m just worried for him to get his food :(

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2024/05/20
01:16 UTC

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Is there any treats I can give my cat with gingivitis?

Hi, I recently became the owner of 2 stray cats and I had them spayed, dewormed etc the works. I had a follow up with one of my cats where I ran some blood work to make sure she didn’t have cancer and all in all she’s a healthy girl.

She does have a little bit of gingivitis though. It does not seem to bother her and the vet did not seem too concerned when telling me. I went home and did some research and the best way to treat this is to brush my cats teeth and get them cleaned professionally. I’m not at all opposed to getting it done professionally however at the moment I would like to avoid the cost if I can. I would have no problem brushing her teeth but she is still very nervous and runs from me a lot .Is there anything I can do to treat this at home?

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2024/05/20
00:35 UTC

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Which of the 3 is the easiest to take care of? (Asking for future reference)

Hi all! In the future, I would love to own a rodent of some sort, but I’m not sure which one would be the best. I love rats, hamsters, and guinea pigs. However, as of right now im unable to any of these since we move places a lot, but in some few years or so I would love to get one (or a few). I know hamsters are solitary, but rats and guinea pigs need to be in groups. Which of these would be the easiest and most cost efficient?

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2024/05/19
23:50 UTC

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Is HomeAgain microchipping worth it?

My local vet uses homeagain, I was going to schedule an appointment to get my cat chipped and just do the basic registration (no extra subscriptions). Is this even possible? I'm finding old Reddit posts about it being hoaxy/scammy, and it's almost as though you can't get out of the subscription fees?

And if I should NOT use homeagain, is there any way to easily figure out what other chips are available and which vets are using those?

5 Comments
2024/05/19
22:39 UTC

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What are the best dog insurances? MO If it matters

I have the sweetest dog, she's 37 lbs, she's a husky and a bit over a year.

I do want something affordable as I can't afford too much but I do not want her health neglected so anything works but something nice on my wallet would be nice. I need something best for emergencies as well

Me and my pup are in Missouri if it matters!

Possibly something similar to human insurance where it covers the vet costs too and doesn't just reimburse later but honestly anything works.

7 Comments
2024/05/19
22:11 UTC

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Help my cat

Today i noticed he can’t poop. While he was squatting he’d grunt and cry. After that he layed down and clean himself. But after a while of laying he cried and moved. I went to check on him and he’s all ballooned up, his tummy was firm. I massaged him and later he tensed up and cried. We went down stairs but he’d stand for a while and then lay down and he tensed up and cried. He got up and stood in place and then moved. He tried squatting again but nothing. I told a friend and they recommend feeding him wet food so I did and he cried 2 times. But after a while he seemed fine, excepting pets and went looking around. I have noticed where the places he was standing there are puddles of pee, but he only bit of pee b/c then he’ll stand again and pee somewhere else. Due to some issues I can’t take him to the vet right now. Please please help!!!!

23 Comments
2024/05/19
21:57 UTC

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kitten with diarrhoea

just got a kitten 2 days ago (he's apparently 6 weeks old) and he's been having diarrhoea and im not sure what the cause is. I found out the person we got him from used to only give him cows milk. Anything I can do to fix this?

would also love some advice for kitten litter training!!

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2024/05/19
21:53 UTC

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Chihuahua losing teeth

Hey everyone. I just noticed today that my chihuahua is missing a bottom tooth in the front bottom part of his mouth. I don't think it JUST happened. There doesn't seem to be a wound. But when I looked at his other front teeth top and bottom they look in really bad shape like they would come out if I even just pull on them a bit. I've never had them brushed or cleaned and he's now almost 8. I had been meaning to the last few years but didn't realize how bad they got in the last year.

Besides that he's in great health and full of energy. His back teeth seem to be in much better shape because he's had a lot of dental chews. I doubt there will be any extractions needed for those.

I plan to get them cleaned and any extractions done very soon now.

My main question is, even with cleanings and brushings and such when do chihuahuas typically start to lose teeth anyways? I'm wondering if this basically was gonna happen anyways because I know chihuahuas are notorious for bad teeth.

Also if all his front teeth get removed is it 100% that his tongue will stick out? I've only ever seen that with very senior dogs.

Thanks for your time!

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2024/05/19
20:21 UTC

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Flea problem

Hello ! I have a beautiful cat (an oldy boy), and unfortunately today I realized that he has fleas on him. I gave him a flea bath with a flea repellent shampoo, and I also sprayed my flat with a flea repellent spray. However Im only gonna be able to buy a flea repellent collar for him in 2 days, because right now where I am from it’s a 2-day-holiday, and all of the shops are closed. I guess my question is, that after using the shampoo on him, and the spray throughout my flat, can the fleas that are still alive lay eggs in my bed/clothes or in my hair ?

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2024/05/19
20:06 UTC

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Is this normal???

The other day I took my kitten to the vets (for her first set of immunisation shots) but they needed to check her temperature, that’s completely normal but the thing that confused me is that instead of measuring her temperature using her ear, they put the thermometer up her butt. My cat proceeded to hiss and bite (which she has never done before) and show other sighs if aggression. I don’t believe this is normal however this is just first cat and have no idea, should I be concerned?

4 Comments
2024/05/19
19:03 UTC

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OPINIONS PLEASSEEE

ok so by my grandmas there is a pet store and its really abusive to the live animals, cages and enclosures too small and dry, ive seen like 10+ mice in one enclosure and they werent even feeders. they have no bedding and are crawling on the top of their cage BUT i dont believe there is any cameras in that room, and no one is ever in that room SO!! what if i steal a mouse.. i have done my reasearch and i have a perfect little enclosure!! i would have to be safe tho because they could be very aggresive (i dont blame them with the circumstances they are in :/ ) but anywho my mom said no but my grandma says i should. what should i do??

4 Comments
2024/05/19
18:51 UTC

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My dog might have tourettes?

Hi there everyone! My dog may or may not have tourettes syndrome, but we're not too sure.

My dog, Indiana, is an eleven year old Alaskan Malamute. We've had her for about three years now. Sometimes she tosses her head back for no reason, and we're not sure why. It happens pretty often, at least three or four times a day just at random.

I've done some research and we think it could be either Tourettes or ADHD. I'm not too sure though. Any ideas what this could be?

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2024/05/19
18:30 UTC

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My cockatiel flew away. What should i do??😭😭 please help

My male 3 YO cockatiel flew away a few hours ago (I don’t know the exact time) we live in an area that is full of apartments and there is a park a few minutes away too.(there is a lot of trees around our home) we went out and shouted his name but no respond. Its 9:45 pm right now and the temperature is 21 degree. What should i do? Im desperate. Please please give me some advice

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2024/05/19
18:19 UTC

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Fleas on foster dog after vet treatment?

Hi all—we fostered our first dog ever this weekend. It was a short term 24hr foster since she had some medical issues and needed more serious help than we could provide her. We picked her up from the vet where she was bathed and given a flea treatment. Once home we noticed a couple of fleas (2-3 active ones on her white coat) and one on a fabric toy she brought with her. We immediately threw away the toy (bought her a new one later). My question is how worried should we be about now having a flea problem in the home? We vacuumed every room thoroughly and washed all bedding and couch covers. I haven’t had any bites or seen any. Any help or advice would be appreciated?

3 Comments
2024/05/19
18:18 UTC

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dog peed all over the pet store

My unneutered 7m pup peed all over the pet store. We had walked for a while before and I'm sure his bladder was not full. I'm also sure what happened at the store was marking. We are new dog parents and have seen a lot of different opinions about when to/if to neuter and our vet has told us that there is no rush to make a decision. I was just wondering if there is any way besides neutering to avoid him marking every single corner when we go somewhere indoors. (he never does it at home, it has only happened at the pet store - several times). Is there anything we can do? Does it get better with time? Or do we just have to accept it?

I also know that neutering doesn't necessarily help with marking, so any other advice is welcome :)

56 Comments
2024/05/19
16:38 UTC

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