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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.

7 things you don’t want your dog to do when he meets strangers

Thursday, May 15th, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Your dog’s perfect, right? Perfect for you, that is. But there are probably a few things your dog does that you’d really rather hide from people who visit your house. Here are 7 things I sure don’t want our pack to do when company shows up: 1. Jump up. This can be annoying, even to […]

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As ticks advance, pets face danger

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Ticks carry diseases — nasty ones. They can infect us, and they’re also infecting, sickening, and killing our pets in growing numbers. The Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC) reports that Lyme disease is spreading aggressively beyond its established hot spots on the coasts, particularly New England. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services has issued a […]

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Do indoor cats need the feline leukemia vaccine?

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Is your kitten vaccinated for feline leukemia virus? You may not have thought to do so if you plan for him to be an indoor cat, but veterinary immunology expert Ronald Schultz, DVM, says that vaccination during kittenhood, followed by a single booster vaccination at 1 year of age, is the best way to prevent […]

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A critter’s eye view on spring

Monday, May 12th, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

In Northern Idaho where I live, it’s the animals who let us know spring is really here. The other day, three snowshoe hares in transition from white back to brown were sitting on a low rock wall with the rising sun showing through their translucent ears. Several chipmunks were doing acrobatic leaps from boulder to […]

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Pony burned shielding her baby from flames

Thursday, May 1st, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

I was incredibly moved to read the story of a pony named Bella, who was severely burned over all her body shielding her foal, Butterscotch, from the flames of a burning barn. Bella and Butterscotch are being cared for by the Humane Society of North Texas. Can you help them with Bella’s mounting veterinary bills? […]

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