Pet Connection Archives - Dr. Marty Becker

Category Archives: Pet Connection

This pet poison lurks in places you might never imagine

Tuesday, Mar 24th, 2020 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Surprised dog, question mark, on a blue background

You probably know that the sweetener xylitol is highly toxic to pets. What you might not know is all the different types of products in which it’s found. When you’re shopping, check labels for xylitol in peanut and other nut butters; protein bars; toothpaste (one of the reasons not to brush pets’ teeth with toothpaste […]

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No, you really don’t want a pet fennec fox

Tuesday, Mar 17th, 2020 | By Dr. Marty Becker

close up of a fennec fo

I don’t believe wild animals should be kept as pets, the cuteness of the fennec fox notwithstanding. Here’s how I answered a question about the cute little creatures. Q: I saw a picture of a fennec fox on Facebook. So cute! I’ve heard that some people keep them as pets. Is that a good idea? […]

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How often should pets visit the vet?

Monday, Mar 9th, 2020 | By Dr. Marty Becker

White cat with two colored eyes being examined by a veterinarian

Is “bring your pet to see the vet every year” the kind of good advice you tend to ignore? This may help you understand why I recommend an annual visit for healthy pets. Q: My 5-year-old cat is in good health and up-to-date on her vaccinations. She’s never had any health problems. Does she really […]

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Can pets catch or spread new coronavirus?

Monday, Mar 2nd, 2020 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Woman wearing respiratory mask while looking at her dog

Are we likely to transmit the new coronavirus to our pets? Can they transmit it to us? While virus has been found in the nose of a dog owned by a person with COVID-19, it’s most likely that was just some live or dead virus picked up from his or her owner rather than an […]

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How to build a feline fort

Tuesday, Feb 25th, 2020 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Yes, you can give your cat fresh air, sunshine, and a taste of the great outdoors safely. Here’s how. Q: I want to build a safe outdoor area for my cat. What features should it have? A: A “catio” is a great way to give cats some outdoor time and space so that they can […]

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