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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.

Vacation

Monday, Aug 13th, 2018 | By Dr. Marty Becker

QT Pi and I will be catching some ZZZs and taking a break the week of Aug. 13, 2018. We’ll see you on the 20th!    

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Make a difference for the animals again this year – Lexington, Ky., Sept. 21, 2018

Tuesday, Aug 7th, 2018 | By Dr. Marty Becker

If you’ll be near Lexington, Kentucky, on Sept. 21, I hope you’ll consider attending the Annual Making a Difference Now Animal Welfare Conference. I’ve been honored to present at the conference in the past, and this year they have a stellar agenda you won’t want to miss.  It includes: Presentations by highly regarded speakers from […]

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The opioid crisis affects veterinary medicine, too. Here’s how

Monday, Aug 6th, 2018 | By Dr. Marty Becker

In our weekly Pet Connection feature, we’re tackling the opioid crisis and how it’s impacting veterinary medicine: If you don’t take pain medications or haven’t had surgery recently, you probably don’t think the opioid crisis you’ve been hearing about on the news has anything to do with you. But if you have pets, they could […]

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A vest that calms pets with pressure, sound, and vibration

Thursday, Aug 2nd, 2018 | By Dr. Marty Becker

I’m really excited about this month’s Fear Free Friday deal. It’s the Petmate Calmz vest, which has helped our Quixote so much when he’s frightened by fireworks or storms. Calmz works both by applying pressure to specific points on your dog’s spine, and by playing a therapeutic medley of classical music, tones, and gentle vibrations. For […]

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The problem with pets and marijuana/cannabis poisoning

Monday, Jul 30th, 2018 | By Dr. Marty Becker

The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center is receiving an increasing number of calls regarding pets who have eaten marijuana plants or dried cannabis, as are local veterinarians. Animals can get sick from eating cannabis or edibles, becoming depressed or fatigued, dribbling urine, and developing a low body temperature and slow heart rate. More serious side […]

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