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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.

Help find homes for fallen veterinarian’s cats

Monday, Oct 6th, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

What would happen to your pets if you died suddenly? That’s what happened to veterinarian Dr. Lorie Huston, whose cats are in need of loving homes now that she has passed away unexpectedly, due to liver disease. Dr. Huston was a shining light to the veterinary community. She served as president of the Cat Writers […]

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Therapeutic laser can heal pets’ pain, inflammation

Friday, Oct 3rd, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

In my own practice, I’ve used the class IV laser a number of ways. It can help to relieve pain, redness and swelling at surgical incision sites; reduce inflammation related to hot spots, inflamed ears and lick granulomas; and soothe arthritic joints. Dogs who have spay surgery with laser treatment have little redness, drastically reduced […]

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A Fear-Free tip from our friends at Maddie’s Fund!

Wednesday, Oct 1st, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Can petting a stressed-out cat calm her down and keep her healthy? Yes, says a recent study of shelter cats, reported on by the shelter medicine blog at Maddie’s Fund. In a study published in the June 2014 issue of the journal Preventive Veterinary Medicine, researchers found cats who were not petted during their first […]

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Reflections on the legacy of Dr. Sophia Yin

Tuesday, Sep 30th, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

The world lost a great champion for animals this week. I wrote yesterday of my shock at the unexpected death of Dr. Sophia Yin, and shortly afterward heard from her dear friend and colleague — and mine — Jim Wilson, DVM, JD. With his permission, I am sharing his thoughts on this loss, and how […]

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Rest in peace, Dr. Sophia Yin

Monday, Sep 29th, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

It is with a heart almost too heavy to allow me to write this that I announce that my friend, colleague, and Fear-Free Advisory Board member Dr. Sophia Yin has passed away. Sophia was brilliant, passionate, and dedicated to easing the stress and fear that pets feel at the veterinary clinic or in shelters, and […]

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