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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.

Hair-raising query about cat fur

Thursday, Oct 15th, 2020 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Did you know stress can make your cat shed? Q: Why do cats shed so much hair when they go to the vet? A: That’s a fascinating phenomenon. They’re just sitting there on the exam table and you pet them and wads of fur come off in your hand. What’s up with that? Your cat’s […]

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Cleanliness is next to catliness

Tuesday, Oct 13th, 2020 | By Dr. Marty Becker

When clients tell me their cat isn’t using the litter box, I ask how often they clean it. Some of them tell me, proudly, they clean it every few days. Then I ask how they’d like using the toilet if it was only flushed once every few days, and the lightbulb comes on. Here’s how […]

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What if your fish needs a veterinarian? Here’s what!

Monday, Sep 28th, 2020 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Fish are among the most popular pets in the world, and like all pets, sometimes they need veterinary care. Is that really possible? Yes! Here’s how I explained it to a reader. Q: I saw a Facebook post recently about a fish being treated at a veterinary clinic. Why? How? A: Hey, fish need veterinary […]

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What to do if a dog attacks you or your child

Monday, Sep 21st, 2020 | By Dr. Marty Becker

This is advice I hope you never need, but should know. Q: We love dogs in our family, but I know that not every dog is friendly. What should I teach my child about how to respond if she encounters an aggressive dog? A: Great question! That is important information for every child (and adult) […]

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Yes, you can keep your cat if you’re pregnant

Friday, Sep 18th, 2020 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Once and for all, no, pregnant women don’t need to “get rid” of their cats, or put them outside! Here are the facts. Q: I’m pregnant with our first child, and my mother-in-law says we should get rid of our cat because of the risk of toxoplasmosis. Is she right? A: You can safely keep […]

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