Pet Connection Archives - Dr. Marty Becker

Category Archives: Pet Connection

Urinary tract disease in cats

Monday, Jun 1st, 2020 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Black Cat Under A Newspaper

Unlike people and dogs, cats rarely get bladder infections. But their urinary tracts are susceptible to a number of other problems. Here’s what every cat owner absolutely needs to know. Q: My cat stopped using her litter box, and the stain on the carpet where she peed looks pinkish. What’s going on? A: A number […]

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Toy joy for pet parrots

Monday, May 25th, 2020 | By Dr. Marty Becker

I write a lot about enrichment, and that includes pets other than cats and dogs. Here’s what my daughter, trainer Mikkel Becker, and I told a reader who wanted to make life joyful for her new parrot. Q: I just got a yellow-naped Amazon parrot. What are some good toys for him? A: Parrots are […]

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Signs of pet stress you might miss

Monday, May 18th, 2020 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Pets show stress in many different ways. Yawning, showing the whites of their eyes (nicknamed whale eye), excessive licking or grooming, sudden hair loss (like when your pet is at the vet and is shedding hair like crazy), increased barking or whining, trembling, pacing, suddenly starting to hide, eating less and breaking housetraining can all […]

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Tips on choosing a new pet’s name. Hint: It shouldn’t rhyme with ‘no’!

Tuesday, May 12th, 2020 | By Dr. Marty Becker

One of my favorite things to do in the veterinary exam room is ask my clients how they came up with their pets’ names. Here are some tips I shared with a reader on selecting one for a new pet. dogI love coming up with pet names and hearing the names people come up with […]

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How to set up your pet emergency kit

Monday, Apr 27th, 2020 | By Dr. Marty Becker


A pandemic isn’t the only reason you should have an emergency kit and care plan ready to go for pets; it can also be useful if you are injured in a car accident or face some other emergency that would require someone else to care for your animals. Pet emergency kit essentials are daily care […]

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