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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.

Parrots need more than seed

Tuesday, Oct 20th, 2020 | By Dr. Marty Becker

It’s a very common mistake made by bird owners: Feeding a diet of nothing but, or mostly, seed. Here’s the scoop. Q: What should I feed my new baby parrot? Her veterinarian recommends a pelleted food, but I heard seeds were better. A: The idea that birds need only seeds for a complete and balanced […]

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Hair-raising query about cat fur

Thursday, Oct 15th, 2020 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Did you know stress can make your cat shed? Q: Why do cats shed so much hair when they go to the vet? A: That’s a fascinating phenomenon. They’re just sitting there on the exam table and you pet them and wads of fur come off in your hand. What’s up with that? Your cat’s […]

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Cleanliness is next to catliness

Tuesday, Oct 13th, 2020 | By Dr. Marty Becker

When clients tell me their cat isn’t using the litter box, I ask how often they clean it. Some of them tell me, proudly, they clean it every few days. Then I ask how they’d like using the toilet if it was only flushed once every few days, and the lightbulb comes on. Here’s how […]

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What if your fish needs a veterinarian? Here’s what!

Monday, Sep 28th, 2020 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Fish are among the most popular pets in the world, and like all pets, sometimes they need veterinary care. Is that really possible? Yes! Here’s how I explained it to a reader. Q: I saw a Facebook post recently about a fish being treated at a veterinary clinic. Why? How? A: Hey, fish need veterinary […]

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What to do if a dog attacks you or your child

Monday, Sep 21st, 2020 | By Dr. Marty Becker

This is advice I hope you never need, but should know. Q: We love dogs in our family, but I know that not every dog is friendly. What should I teach my child about how to respond if she encounters an aggressive dog? A: Great question! That is important information for every child (and adult) […]

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