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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.

Pets’ motion sickness is all in their ears

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Most pet owners can’t avoid taking their pets in the car, at least sometimes. After all, there are veterinary visits, training, trips to board or be groomed, camping trips, boat rides, holiday visits, and family vacations. While some pets handle travel like they could take the wheel and turn on the tunes, for others a […]

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Are baths good for cats? Yes, and here’s why

Monday, May 21st, 2018 | By Dr. Marty Becker

There’s a myth that cats don’t benefit from regular bathing, and that they will inevitably hate the experience. Neither of those things are true, as I explained to a reader who wanted to know if it’s okay to bathe her cat weekly. Q: My cat is good about grooming herself, but she spends so much […]

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Pet lovers: What’s on your phone’s screensaver?

Thursday, May 17th, 2018 | By Dr. Marty Becker

For the past eight years, I’ve had the same phone screensaver. It’s a photo of my granddaughter, Reagan, when she was just one day old, holding my right index finger with her tiny little hand. I’ve promised her I will never take it off until she asks me to (maybe to be replaced with her […]

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Alopecia X in dogs: Can it be treated?

Monday, May 14th, 2018 | By Dr. Marty Becker

There’s a puzzling condition that makes dogs’ hair fall out and not regrow. It goes by many different names, and it can be very difficult (but defnitely not impossible!) to treat. Here’s what I told a reader whose Pomeranion was affected by “alopecia X.”   Q: We have a 7-year-old blue merle Pomeranian whose fur […]

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Myths and truths about ‘fillers’ in pet food

Thursday, May 10th, 2018 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Does your pet’s food have “fillers” in it? And can you tell from the ingredient list? My clients and the pet owners who write me have a lot of questions about the ingredients contained in their pet’s food. I love this, as it shows they want the best for their pets, and are looking for […]

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