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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.

New rat poison has no antidote – be careful with your pets!

Thursday, Aug 7th, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

It’s never good when a pet downs mouse or rat poison, but rodenticides containing anticoagulants are treatable with blood transfusions and vitamin K if the poisoning is caught in time. However, the Environmental Protection Agency is canceling eight such products, in part because they endanger wildlife such as hawks, owls, bobcats and cougars. A common […]

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Kitten abused, injected with heroin, now recovering in Pennsylvania vet hospital

Wednesday, Aug 6th, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

I’m always proud to be a veterinarian, but sometimes I’m not too proud of being human. That’s how I felt when I read this sickening story of how Dr. Jennifer Magilton of HOPE Veterinary Specialists in Malvern, Penn., had to treated a tiny kitten who had been abused and injected with heroin: Police said the […]

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How Bissell is helping homeless pets

Tuesday, Aug 5th, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Even though I have no financial relationship with them, I’ve never asked our friends at Bissell to do something to help pets and been turned down. In the world of business, not every company understands just how powerful the human-animal bond is, but Bissell definitely does. Which is particularly interesting, since while they do have […]

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Starved horses in Tennessee need help!

Monday, Aug 4th, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Veterinarian Dr. Jennifer Dunlap of Dunlap Equine Services  in western Tennessee is helping the American Humane Association assist in the rescue and rehabilitation of six horses currently in critical condition after being starved to the brink of death. If you are a horse lover, or just want to help, they are mounting up massive veterinary […]

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What NOT to do if you love your pet

Friday, Aug 1st, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Nothing generates instant happiness in a dog like opening the refrigerator or treat drawer. Unfortunately, as this delighted frenzy of fur keeps begging, you give more treats, and he starts bulging. Pudgy pooches have an increased risk of serious health problems, including joint disease, Type 2 diabetes, respiratory and skin problems, and even cancer. Most […]

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