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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.

Is cognitive decline or vision loss causing your older cat’s litter box issues?

Monday, Feb 25th, 2019 | By Dr. Marty Becker

While your first reaction when your cat stops using the litter box reliably should be to see the vet about a possible urinary tract infection, there are other reasons for this problem. In older cats, that can be caused by vision loss or cognitive decline. Here’s my advice to a reader whose senior cat is […]

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Video: When your dog’s misbehavior isn’t your fault

Wednesday, Feb 20th, 2019 | By Dr. Marty Becker

How many times have you heard that there are no bad dogs, only bad owners? How often do you blame yourself for your dog’s persistent bad habits like jumping, digging, or destructive chewing? My daughter, trainer Mikkel Becker, is here to tell you that you may not be to blame at all. It’s part of […]

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Mold in the home puts pets at risk

Monday, Feb 18th, 2019 | By Dr. Marty Becker

If you’re wondering if mold in your home is as bad for your pets as it is for people, here’s the answer: It may be worse for them than us. Here’s how I explained it to a reader. Q: We discovered three weeks ago that our house has black mold, thanks to all the rain […]

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Video: The truth about playing tug with your dog

Friday, Feb 15th, 2019 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Dogs love to play tug, but people are always saying it’s not a good idea to indulge them in that love. The truth is, if you keep a few simple tips in mind, it’s safe to play tug with most dogs. My daughter, trainer Mikkel Becker, has the explanation in the latest video in her […]

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Once-troubled parrot invents game all her own

Thursday, Feb 14th, 2019 | By Dr. Marty Becker

I normally don’t publish guest posts, but when I read this moving story on Facebook, I had to reach out to its author, Emily Strong, and ask if we could share it here. It’s about a parrot who for unknown reasons suffered severely from fear, anxiety, and stress, who not only learned a different way […]

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