Pet Connection Archives - Dr. Marty Becker

Category Archives: Pet Connection

Are baths good for cats? Yes, and here’s why

Monday, May 21st, 2018 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Cat having a bath

There’s a myth that cats don’t benefit from regular bathing, and that they will inevitably hate the experience. Neither of those things are true, as I explained to a reader who wanted to know if it’s okay to bathe her cat weekly. Q: My cat is good about grooming herself, but she spends so much […]

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Alopecia X in dogs: Can it be treated?

Monday, May 14th, 2018 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Pomeranian wrapped in a towel

There’s a puzzling condition that makes dogs’ hair fall out and not regrow. It goes by many different names, and it can be very difficult (but defnitely not impossible!) to treat. Here’s what I told a reader whose Pomeranion was affected by “alopecia X.”   Q: We have a 7-year-old blue merle Pomeranian whose fur […]

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How to keep your cat from feeling abandoned while you’re away

Monday, May 7th, 2018 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Brown Tabby Maine Coon cat in between 2 layers of duvet on the bed.

Will your cat be lonely while your family is on vacation? That’s what a reader wanted to know, so I turned to my daughter, Fear Free Certified trainer Mikkel Becker, for an answer. Here’s what she had to say. Q: Since my husband retired, our 12-year-old Maine coon has become super attached to him! She […]

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Everything pet owners need to know about anal glands

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

Cat with green eyes

As a veterinarian, I have seen – and smelled – way more than my share of anal gland discharge. So who better to explain the subject to a reader who asked about it? Q: After my cat got off my lap recently, I noticed a couple of wet spots on my pants. When I gave […]

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Rest, rehab, surgery help dogs with IVDD

Wednesday, Apr 25th, 2018 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Lhasa Apso dog lying on pavement in a garden

Many dogs suffer from intervertebral disc disease (IVDD), and it’s not always clear what the best treatment approach is. Here’s what I told a reader whose dog has been diagnosed with the condtion. Q: My Lhasa apso has been diagnosed with intervertebral disc disease. What can you tell me about it, and will she need […]

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