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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.

What a difference a weigh makes: How knowing your pet’s weight can help trim the pounds

Tuesday, Jul 29th, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Most pet owners with overweight or obese cats and dogs think their pets are at or near their ideal body weight, and therefore aren’t willing to do something about the problem. Fortunately, I’ve got a tip that will take the scales from their eyes! Using scales to measure and motivate for weight loss has been […]

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5 ways to help your itchy dog

Monday, Jul 28th, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Is your dog’s itching driving you crazy? Imagine what it’s doing to him! Itching causes real suffering for pets, just as hives or poison oak or ivy do to humans. Don’t just take signs your dog is itching lying down. Try these 5 tips: 1. Make fleas flee! I can’t count the number of clients […]

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What dog owners can do about a urine-spotted lawn

Thursday, Jul 24th, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

How is a dog owner’s lawn like a strip mall? When I used to scout strip centers locations for potential veterinary hospitals, you could tell how busy the mall was even when it was closed just by looking at the oil stains in the parking lot. A plethora of fresh oil marks meant the retail […]

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The case against free-feeding your dog

Wednesday, Jul 23rd, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Leaving food down all the time for your dog may be convenient for you, but it’s deadly for him. There is no bikini season for pets, nor stick-thin dog models on DogTV. Dogs are scavengers, and left to their own devices will happily dig their graves with their own food bowls. What can you do […]

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16 interesting tidbits of trivia about all kinds of pets

Tuesday, Jul 22nd, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

I’m insatiably curious about all kinds of things, so when my Pet Connection co-writer Kim Campbell Thornton suggested we tackle pet trivia for our column this week, my only problem was narrowing it down to a number of fun facts that would actually fit in a newspaper! Here are a few: 1. Cats rub on […]

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