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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.

Watching animal videos is good for your health

Wednesday, Oct 28th, 2020 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Watching animal videos is good for the heart and soul, according to researchers at the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom. They found that heart rates dropped in participants who watched videos and images of cute animals. Also, the average blood pressure of the group moved into the ideal range, and participants’ stress and […]

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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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