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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.

Human pain meds for pets?

Tuesday, Nov 5th, 2019 | By Dr. Marty Becker

You can create a lot of problems giving human medications to your pets, even one as simple as an aspirin. Here’s the risk as I explained it to a reader who asked about her pet’s arthritis pain. Q: My pet is a little achy from arthritis. Is it OK to give her aspirin? A: Back […]

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Why you should bathe your kitten – even if she doesn’t ‘need’ it

Monday, Oct 28th, 2019 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Whether cats “need” to be routinely bathed or not is an open question, but because a bath may be medically necessary at some point in their lives, every cat should be accustomed to bathing. Here’s how I explained it to a reader asking about her new kitten. Q: I just got a kitten, and she’s […]

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Allergic to cats? New food may help

Monday, Oct 21st, 2019 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Is there really a pet food that can reduce human allergies to cats? How would it work if there is? And is it available? That’s what a reader wanted to know; here’s my response. Q: I heard about a new food for cats that will reduce human allergies to them. Is that really available? A: […]

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Here are the best ingredients for cat foods

Monday, Oct 14th, 2019 | By Dr. Marty Becker

There’s a lot of confusion about how best to feed your cat. Here’s what I told a reader. Q: What are the best ingredients for cat foods? I’ve read different opinions, and I’m confused. All protein — or some grains? A: Good question. I asked cat nutrition expert Tony Buffington, DVM, to weigh in. Cats […]

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How to transition a puppy from a potty pad to the outdoors

Monday, Oct 7th, 2019 | By Dr. Marty Becker

If you got a puppy or small dog during the winter months, you may have trained her to use a potty pad instead of waiting to be taken outdoors. Can you train her away from the pad? That was the question a reader had for me, and as usual with behavior questions, I asked my […]

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