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What you need to know about kittens as they grow

Thursday, Apr 20th, 2017 | By Dr. Marty Becker

I remember being in veterinary school and being amazed at what I learned in a reproduction class about developmental milestones in kittens. I’d been around kittens my whole life (you saw many litters when you lived on a family farm in the 1950s-1970s when spay/neuter wasn’t common), but knew very few specifics. Here’s what I […]

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Dog dewclaws: What are they good for? You might be surprised!

Tuesday, Apr 18th, 2017 | By Dr. Marty Becker

While some breeders remove them from puppies, for most dogs, dewclaws — those thumb-like “toes” on the sides of your dog’s front legs — actually do serve a purpose. This is what I told a reader who asked about them. Q: Why do dogs have dewclaws? I’m talking to a breeder about a puppy, and […]

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Expert tips on dealing with your dog’s fear of thunderstorms

Thursday, Apr 13th, 2017 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Thunderstorm season is almost here, and hundreds of thousands of dog owners are facing it with dread. What can be done about a dog’s fear of thunder and lightning? I asked my trainer daughter, Mikkel Becker, to respond. Q: It’s thunderstorm season, and my 3-year-old Australian shepherd has become so afraid of the noise that […]

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Why your small dog sounds like she’s choking to death

Friday, Apr 7th, 2017 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Over my almost four-decade veterinary career, I’ve seen hundreds of small dogs who made a sound like they were going to choke to death. I’ve also owned a couple who would make a “honking sound” including a current one, our little canine cocktail Quixote. The culprit is something called “collapsing trachea.” Found with equal severity […]

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Your cat is breathing with her mouth open. It is heart disease?

Tuesday, Apr 4th, 2017 | By Dr. Marty Becker

A reader wants to know what it means that her cat is breathing with an open mouth and seems disinterested in play. Here’s what I told her. Q: My ragdoll cat has been breathing with his mouth open, and he doesn’t seem to want to play very much. Do you think he’s just getting older […]

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