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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.

That spot in your pet’s eye could be malignant melanoma

Monday, Sep 3rd, 2018 | By Dr. Marty Becker

If you see a spot in your dog’s or cat’s eye, don’t assume it’s not serious. It could be a malignant cancer, as this reader discovered with her own dog. Q: I noticed a black dot near the pupil of my dog’s eye, which grew quickly. I took him to the veterinarian, and it was […]

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A shelter, and a dog, come back from the dead in Louisiana

Thursday, Aug 30th, 2018 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Last weekend, I joined the American Humane Rescue team at St. Landry Parish Animal Control & Rescue offering a free clinic for hundreds of shelter animals and local pets. With medications supplied by Zoetis Petcare and veterinarians and vet students onsite, we offered critical veterinary services to animals in need. Like so much of the […]

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Vaccines for outdoor cats

Monday, Aug 27th, 2018 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Are vaccines for cats who live outdoors different from cats who live in the house? And what do you do if a trip to the vet is just too stressful for the outdoor kitties? Those were the questions a reader asked me — here’s my reply. Q: I live on a ranch and have been […]

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How to use a self-service dog wash without freaking out your dog

Wednesday, Aug 22nd, 2018 | By Dr. Marty Becker

While those with small dogs can wash them in a kitchen or laundry room sink, many owners of larger pooches head for the self-service dog wash. That goes double with those with bad backs who find bending over and bathing a dog in the shower or outdoors with a hose is painful. Unfortunately, many dogs […]

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Heartworm infection is growing, and resistance to preventives is on the rise. What can pet owners do?

Monday, Aug 20th, 2018 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Yes, it’s true: Heartworm is developing resistance to common preventives, and the number of affected dogs and cats is spreading. We tackle this problem – and what to do about it – in this week’s Pet Connection: Climate change, failure to give preventive, and the beginnings of resistance to preventive products are among the reasons […]

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