Blog - Dr. Marty Becker


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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Video: Goose reunited with his person greets her with hugs, cries

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

I’ve been writing and learning about the human-animal bond for decades now — since I was in veterinary school. And I’ve never seen anything like this video of a woman and a goose greeting each other after an absence. Geese tend to have a reputation as being aggressive and unaffectionate. It’s hard to believe that […]

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Blue Buffalo, Wellness announce pet food recalls for elevated thyroid levels

Saturday, Mar 18th, 2017 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Two pet food brands, Blue Buffalo and Wellness, have announced recalls of some of their products for “potential elevated levels of naturally occurring beef thyroid hormone.” Because this recall affects two unrelated brands for the same problem, it’s likely additional recalls will be announced, either of more products within the current brands, or other brands. […]

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When pet owners are blind to blindness

Thursday, Mar 16th, 2017 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Confession: I’ve had a dog of my own who went blind, probably starting days to weeks before I noticed. What? I’m certainly not a boarded veterinary ophthalmologist, nor am I in one of the best vets in the country, but I’m competent. No, the reason I missed the early signs is that pets are amazing […]

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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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