Pet Connection Archives - Dr. Marty Becker

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What to do about your dog’s toenail tear

Tuesday, Mar 28th, 2017 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Few things hurt more than an injury to the toenail — no matter your species! What should you do when it happens to your dog? That’s what a reader asked, and below is my answer! Q: My Lab tore his toenail at agility class. What’s the best thing to do for it? I’ve heard lots […]

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How a nasty little protozoa can make life miserable for your pet

Thursday, Mar 23rd, 2017 | By Dr. Marty Becker

What’s single-celled, ancient, and can make your dog or cat pretty sick — but might also infect them without causing any symptoms at all? The answer is coccidia, and here’s what I told a reader who wrote asking me about it. Q: I took in a fecal sample for my 9-year-old dog, and the results […]

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The real reason cats’ eyes shine in the darkness

Tuesday, Mar 14th, 2017 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Among the many mysteries of the cat is that their eyes gleam in the darkness. A reader asks why that is. Here’s what I answered. Q: Why do my cat’s eyes glow in the dark? A: The ancient Egyptians had a theory about that. They believed that a cat’s eyes reflected the sun, even at […]

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Yes, dogs still get distemper

Wednesday, Mar 8th, 2017 | By Dr. Marty Becker

A reader wondered if distemper is still a threat to dogs. It killed three of our QT Pi Becker’s littermates, and nearly killed him. Here’s what I told her. Q: Does my dog really need a distemper vaccination? Dogs don’t really get that anymore, do they? A: Distemper used to be the No. 1 killer […]

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A cat who won’t eat is an emergency

Tuesday, Feb 28th, 2017 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Lack of normal appetite is always a sign something’s wrong, whatever the species. But when it’s a cat who’s lost interest in food, it can be an emergency. Here’s what I told a reader. Q: My cat doesn’t seem very hungry anymore. What could be causing her loss of appetite? A: All of us worry […]

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