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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.

Male calico cats aren’t just rare

Monday, Jan 20th, 2020 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Male calico cats are rare, but that’s not their whole story. Here’s what I told a reader. Q: I’ve just adopted a rare male calico cat, and I’m thinking of breeding him. Is that a good idea? A: I hate to burst your bubble, but although male calicos are rare, trying to breed one will […]

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Pain cream really is toxic to pets

Tuesday, Jan 14th, 2020 | By Dr. Marty Becker

It’s not fake news: Some pain creams and other human topical medications are very dangerous to your pets. Here’s what I told a reader who asked about it. Q: I saw a meme on Facebook saying that Voltaren pain cream is toxic to dogs and cats. Is that true? A: Yes. Diclofenac, the active ingredient […]

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How to win the war on pet odors

Friday, Jan 10th, 2020 | By Dr. Marty Becker

How do you win the war on pet odors? These are my top tips, in response to a reader with a stinky pet problem. Q: I have dogs and cats, and I know my house smells like it. How can I keep the odor down and keep it smelling fresh? A: Living with pets does […]

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Avian obesity is plus-size problem

Friday, Dec 27th, 2019 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Obesity is a problem with all pets, including pet birds. Here’s what I had to say to a reader with questions. Q: My veterinarian says my bird is fat. Is that really something I need to worry about? A: You bet! Obesity is as much an issue in pet birds as it is in dogs […]

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Merry Christmas – and support for those who aren’t merry

Tuesday, Dec 24th, 2019 | By Dr. Marty Becker

This is such an important time of year for our family, but it can also be a painful and dark one for many people, like me, who struggle with depression, as well as for those facing loss, economic struggles, job loss, divorce, and other challenges. Please know that our family’s prayers are with you this […]

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