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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.

Update on fireworks and thunderstorm fears in cats and dogs (2019)

Thursday, Jun 20th, 2019 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Just like this time every year before, my mailbox is full of pleas for help from owners of pets, mostly dogs, who are terrified of fireworks, thunderstorms, and other loud or unusual noises. I’m hearing about it from my clients, and dealing with it in my own dog Quixote. I don’t know if noise phobias […]

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Winning the war against feline fleas

Monday, Jun 17th, 2019 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Can you win the war against feline fleas? Here’s what I told a reader. Q: Help! My cat has fleas. How can I get rid of them? A: You’re smart to want to protect your cat from these freeloading bloodsuckers. Flea bites cause cats to be itchy and uncomfortable. (Did you know that a single […]

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Facebook Live: What animals taught veterinarian Dr. Mark Goldstein about life, love, and humanity

Friday, Jun 14th, 2019 | By Dr. Marty Becker

I hope you’ll all join me for a special Facebook Live interview with my close friend and colleague Dr. Mark Goldstein. Mark is the author of a new book,  Lions and Tigers and Hamsters: What Animals Large and Small Taught Me About Life, Love, and Humanity, and he is pretty much  the only veterinarian I […]

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How to manage your dog’s mitral valve disease

Monday, Jun 10th, 2019 | By Dr. Marty Becker

If your dog has been diagnosed with mitral valve disease, you might be feeling overwhelmed and unsure of what that will mean for your pet’s future. A reader asked me about managing the condition, and here’s how I explained the problem and its management to her. And good news: a surgical repair to the mitral […]

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How to help your dog’s carsickness

Monday, Jun 3rd, 2019 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Your dog doesn’t actually have to throw up in the car for you to know he has carsickness. Panting, restlessness, and anxiety are all signs he’s not feeling well while on the road. Short of never leaving home, what can you do? Here’s what I told a reader who has a 12-hour drive coming up […]

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