Veterinary Medicine Archives - Dr. Marty Becker

Category Archives: Veterinary Medicine

When your cat starts making those unwanted ‘wake up calls’

Tuesday, Dec 12th, 2017 | By Dr. Marty Becker

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Has your started waking you up early and often? That was the problem faced by a reader, and I teamed up with my daughter, trainer Mikkel Becker, to respond. Q: Our 11-year-old male cat has some new behaviors. He used to sleep at the foot of our bed, but now he cuddles, purrs and sleeps […]

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Can we talk about grains in pet food?

Thursday, Dec 7th, 2017 | By Dr. Marty Becker

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Can dogs eat grains? That was the topic of a frustrating conversation I had with a pet owner recently. Dogs, she informed me, can’t digest grains. When I assured her they can, she insisted that they can’t, adding, “Besides, they make them fat.” I started to explain that those two things are mutually exclusive, because […]

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What does your pet’s poop tell you? Let’s ask the Queen of Poop!

Thursday, Nov 30th, 2017 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Dogs and food

Are there secrets to health and happiness locked in your pet’s poop? While I was researching an article on the possible link between anxiety and the bacteria living in our pets’ digestive tracts, I had the opportunity to speak with Dr. Gail Czarnecki-Maulden, who holds a PhD in animal nutrition and is a senior research […]

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Cats measure space ‘by a whisker’

Tuesday, Nov 21st, 2017 | By Dr. Marty Becker

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Most of the things people “have heard” about cats are myths and urban legends. But a reader wrote me about one that’s true! Q: I’ve heard a cat’s whiskers are as wide as their body so they can fit through certain areas. If the cat puts on enough weight, do the whiskers also grow? A: […]

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Can an older pet be spayed?

Monday, Nov 13th, 2017 | By Dr. Marty Becker

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A reader just adopted a 7-year-old dog from her local shelter, and was concerned about having her spayed at that age. First, I want to thank her for adopting a senior pet! Second, here’s my answer: Q: I just adopted a 7-year-old dog from the shelter, and they require me to have her spayed. Is […]

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