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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.

Do you really need to groom your cat?

Monday, Feb 4th, 2019 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Cats are pretty good at grooming themselves, but that doesn’t mean they can’t use a little help. Here’s what I told a reader who just got her first cat. Q: I just got my first cat. What do I need to know about caring for her coat? A: Cats are great at grooming themselves, but […]

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Feline eye disease can cause irreversible glaucoma, cataracts, and blindness

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

Uveitis is a fairly common problem in cats, and can have a number of causes. Because of the seriousness of leaving it untreated, all cat owners need to be aware of its symptoms and what to do if they suspect them. A reader’s cat was just diagnosed with this condition, and here’s what I told […]

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The evolution of cat handling: From the ‘two-zip code’ stretch to ‘gentle control’

Thursday, Jan 24th, 2019 | By Dr. Marty Becker

In veterinary school we had a class called “restraint.” One of Merriam Webster’s definitions is restricting movement. From experience, I’ll tell you that “restraint” in vet med often meant heavy metal gates, squeeze chutes, ropes, twitches, and rodeo/judo throws, plus the old standby, pile-‘o-techs imprisonment. Between growing up on a ranch, going to veterinary school, […]

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How to change outdoor cats into happy, healthy indoor cats

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

Can outdoor cats learn to live happily indoors? You bet! My daughter, trainer Mikkel Becker, and I teamed up to share these tips with a reader who is making the switch for her feline family members. Q: We hope to move in a couple of years. Are there any steps to prepare our four outdoor […]

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Dogs get cysts, too. But don’t pop them

Thursday, Jan 17th, 2019 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Dr. Sandra Lee, better known as YouTube and TV star Dr. Pimple Popper, may amaze her viewers with the cysts she’s removed, but can she top this? I’ve removed as many as 20 in a single surgery session! Of course, my patients are pets, but their cysts are no different from those we humans get. […]

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