Or are you just happy to see me? Looks like our pets are not auto-casting as fast as they should be. If you leave an ability on auto-cast, pets apparently take a variable amount of time more than they should to cast it. There are reports of this going down to almost nothing in deserted areas, but clearly a raid zone is not deserted. Edit: Tchann from Crowd Control has tested and confirmed this data. Thanks Tchann!
Here’s the good news- this is not new, but has only recently been discovered. If you fix it yourself, you can potentially increase your DPS.
Chances are you already have kill command macroed into all your shots, and possibly silencing shot if you’re marks. Take a look at the pet abilities you leave on auto-cast, and simply add them to your shot macros.
/cast Furious Howl
/use [@pettarget,harm,exists] Bite
edit: changed the bite command to work if you have to leave your pet on another target.
The above is what I will be adding. Pay close attention, however, to the abilities you do not put on auto-cast. There are many people who choose to leave furious howl off autocast so they can time it with their trinkets.
A final note- I’ll have to test this to be sure, but I suspect that we’ll get a higher ability use per minute if we continue to leave these on auto-cast, and just use the macro to shorten the wait whenever we can.