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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.

Getting ahead of your dog’ motion sickness

Monday, Jun 18th, 2018 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Does your dog get car sick? This problem is more complicated than you might think. Here’s how I explained it to a reader. Q: We’re going on a road trip next month. We’d like to bring our dog, but she gets carsick. Do you have any tips to help her be more comfortable? A: Motion […]

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A veterinarian’s Father’s Day reflection: Facing a family legacy of depression and suicide

Thursday, Jun 14th, 2018 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Father’s Day is a conflicted day for me in many ways. I love being a father and grandfather; my daughter, Mikkel, my son, Lex, and my granddaughter, Reagan, are such beloved parts of my soul I can only be humbled with gratitude to have them in my life. I pray for them and thank God […]

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Cats beat dogs when it comes to sniffing out scents

Monday, Jun 11th, 2018 | By Dr. Marty Becker

A cat’s sense of smell is 15 times stronger than that of a human. Cats may even have a better sense of smell than dogs, with better ability to discriminate among more scents, although they probably won’t be doing search and rescue or bomb detection anytime soon. It’s no wonder, then, that cats dislike strong-scented […]

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Newly discovered cat virus may unlock secrets of liver disease, cancer

Thursday, Jun 7th, 2018 | By Dr. Marty Becker

A newly identified cat virus may help protect cats from liver disease and cancer — and may help people, too. The study, funded by Morris Animal Foundation, was conducted at the University of Sydney and its results were published in the most recent issue of the journal Viruses. The researchers identified a type of virus […]

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Sunglasses for dogs aren’t just a fashion statement

Monday, Jun 4th, 2018 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Are sunglasses for dogs a fashion statement or a necessity? A little bit of both, it turns out. Dogs who spend a lot of time on boats, running through brushy areas, or hanging their heads out the car window need protection from flying debris, sand, prickly foliage, and sun glare. Other dogs who can benefit […]

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