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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.

The evolution of cat handling: From the ‘two-zip code’ stretch to ‘gentle control’

Thursday, Jan 24th, 2019 | By Dr. Marty Becker

In veterinary school we had a class called “restraint.” One of Merriam Webster’s definitions is restricting movement. From experience, I’ll tell you that “restraint” in vet med often meant heavy metal gates, squeeze chutes, ropes, twitches, and rodeo/judo throws, plus the old standby, pile-‘o-techs imprisonment. Between growing up on a ranch, going to veterinary school, […]

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How to change outdoor cats into happy, healthy indoor cats

Monday, Jan 21st, 2019 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Can outdoor cats learn to live happily indoors? You bet! My daughter, trainer Mikkel Becker, and I teamed up to share these tips with a reader who is making the switch for her feline family members. Q: We hope to move in a couple of years. Are there any steps to prepare our four outdoor […]

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Dogs get cysts, too. But don’t pop them

Thursday, Jan 17th, 2019 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Dr. Sandra Lee, better known as YouTube and TV star Dr. Pimple Popper, may amaze her viewers with the cysts she’s removed, but can she top this? I’ve removed as many as 20 in a single surgery session! Of course, my patients are pets, but their cysts are no different from those we humans get. […]

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Cat’s new fear is a mystery

Monday, Jan 14th, 2019 | By Dr. Marty Becker

A cat has been timid since kittenhood. Now 8 years old, she’s suddenly become so terrified she won’t come out from hiding. What could have caused it, and what should her humans do? Here’s what my daughter, trainer Mikkel Becker, and I teamed up to tell a reader. Q: We adopted our 8-year-old female cat […]

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RIP Willy Pug: The four-legged tree fell perfectly

Thursday, Jan 10th, 2019 | By Dr. Marty Becker

I’ve been privy and partner to the final breath of thousands of pets. Client’s pets. Veterinary team members’ pets. Neighbor’s pets. Family member’s pets. Shelter pets. And of course, my own pets, which for like most of you, are not only considered family members, but our kids. On Saturday, December 15, 2018, we suddenly lost […]

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