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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.

Something you may not know about pilling cats

Wednesday, Sep 17th, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Just when you think you know everything about how to pill a cat, something new comes along. That’s how one of my readers felt after a recent hospital visit with one of her cats. Here’s what she asked, and my response: Q: There’s a new young veterinarian at the hospital where we take our cats. […]

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Why pet pain prevention is better than cure

Tuesday, Sep 16th, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

When is the best time to give a pet pain medication? Before the pain starts, or as soon after as possible. While human beings might like being “tough guys” who never take anything for pain, there’s no benefit, and plenty of harm, in letting your dog or cat suffer. (There’s none in letting yourself suffer, […]

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Shelter dog helps 9/11 veteran overcome PTSD

Thursday, Sep 11th, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Like so many Americans, Melissa Maher enlisted in the armed forces in 2001, following the 9/11 attacks. And like so many of our military, she came out of the conflict in Iraq suffering from depression and PTSD. The mother of six, Melissa’s condition was so severe she couldn’t leave her home — until this year. […]

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Quick tip to stop canine shedding

Wednesday, Sep 10th, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Shedding is a top complaint for dog owners, but there’s one quick tip you can use for quick, short-term control. If you’re entertaining or visiting someone else’s home, use a light mist of hair spray on your dog beforehand. It will keep the hair mostly on your pet instead of your clothing or the furniture. […]

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What you think you know about pet insurance is probably wrong

Tuesday, Sep 9th, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Are you risking unexpected veterinary expenses because of misconceptions about how pet insurance works? When I partnered with Embrace Pet Insurance in an educational campaign to end economic euthanasia, I heard from a lot of pet owners and veterinary colleagues about their problems with pet insurance, most of which were based on outdated or incorrect […]

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