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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 a dog’s color control his personality?

Monday, Jul 15th, 2019 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Do dogs’ personalities vary depending on their coat color? That’s what a reader asked, and here’s what science tells us about the answer. Q: I’ve heard that Labs have different personalities depending on their color. Is that true? A: That’s a persistent myth about many breeds, including Labrador retrievers. For instance, chocolate Labs are thought […]

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Stress, crowding spread cat virus

Monday, Jul 8th, 2019 | By Dr. Marty Becker

No, you can’t get herpes from your cat. But feline herpesvirus is common in cats, usually causing mild symptoms but sometimes much more serious. Here’s what I told a reader. Q: My cat has been diagnosed with feline herpesvirus. What is it, and can she transmit it to me? A: First, the short answer, to […]

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‘Superhero’ trainer positively solves pet problems

Wednesday, Jul 3rd, 2019 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Of course this is partly a proud father moment. My daughter, trainer Mikkel Becker, is being featured by Barcroft Animals as she helps dogs and a pet pig with behavior challenges using reward-based methods. But it’s more than just a proud father moment. Mikkel is the Chief Trainer for Fear Free, and her strength, compassion, […]

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Yes, your pets need sun protection, too

Sunday, Jun 23rd, 2019 | By Dr. Marty Becker

We all know we need protection from the sun. What about our pets? Here’s what I told a reader who asked about her cat’s love of sunbathing. Q: My cat loves to nap in the sun. Why is that, and do I need to worry that he’ll get sunburned? A: Cats have made their way […]

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Update on fireworks and thunderstorm fears in cats and dogs (2019)

Thursday, Jun 20th, 2019 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Just like this time every year before, my mailbox is full of pleas for help from owners of pets, mostly dogs, who are terrified of fireworks, thunderstorms, and other loud or unusual noises. I’m hearing about it from my clients, and dealing with it in my own dog Quixote. I don’t know if noise phobias […]

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