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From pet health tips to ideas on fighting boredom and loneliness in pets, you can learn how to make your pets' lives better here.

Does your pup need to gain weight?

Monday, Mar 25th, 2019 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Obesity is an epidemic in pet dogs and cats, but there are pets who need to gain weight, usually due to a medical problem. So is your “skinny” pup really skinny, or are we just not used to what “normal” looks like? Here are some ideas I offered to a dog owner writing about her […]

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Tips for living with a blind dog

Monday, Mar 18th, 2019 | By Dr. Marty Becker

We had a beloved blind dog, Shakira. I share some of what we learned with this dog owner struggling with her dog’s vision loss. Q: My dog is losing her eyesight. How can I help her adjust? A: Blindness doesn’t seem to stop the average dog. When eyesight goes, the nose and ears take over […]

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Video: The right and wrong way to pet a dog

Thursday, Mar 14th, 2019 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Dogs have personal “bubbles” just like people do. They also have specific ways they do and don’t like to be petted. In the final video in her training series with our friends at Bissell, my daughter, trainer Mikkel Becker, discusses and demonstrates the good and the bad of petting. This video, like a couple of […]

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The truth about cats and milk

Monday, Mar 11th, 2019 | By Dr. Marty Becker

The cat lapping at a bowl of cream is a familiar image in cartoons, children’s books, and popular imagination. But this reader wasn’t sure her cat should be consuming dairy products. Here’s what I told her. Q: My cat enjoys drinking leftover milk from my cereal bowl, but my mother says I shouldn’t give it […]

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Video: How to train your dog not to be afraid of the vacuum

Friday, Mar 8th, 2019 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Few noises are more universally hated and feared by pets than that monster, the vacuum cleaner. But you can teach your dog to accept and not fear his former enemy (and yes, it involves treats!). In this latest video in her ongoing training series with our friends at Bissell, my daughter, trainer Mikkel Becker, shares […]

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