Pet Connection Archives - Dr. Marty Becker

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Heartworm infection is growing, and resistance to preventives is on the rise. What can pet owners do?

Monday, Aug 20th, 2018 | By Dr. Marty Becker

dog in grass

Yes, it’s true: Heartworm is developing resistance to common preventives, and the number of affected dogs and cats is spreading. We tackle this problem – and what to do about it – in this week’s Pet Connection: Climate change, failure to give preventive, and the beginnings of resistance to preventive products are among the reasons […]

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

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

vet and dog

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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The problem with pets and marijuana/cannabis poisoning

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

Sweet sad dog

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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When a pet’s ‘healthy appetite’ is something else entirely

Monday, Jul 23rd, 2018 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Dog looking at camera standing by green bowl

Going off their food is a common sign that a pet is sick. However, a pet who is eating well — or too well — can also be suffering from illness. Here’s what I told a reader. Q: My pet always eats well, and lately he’s been eating more than usual. I’ve always thought that […]

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Can swimming in a pond or lake kill your dog?

Tuesday, Jul 17th, 2018 | By Dr. Marty Becker

dog swimming

Beware of blue-green algae in water where your pet plays or swims. The algal blooms, often the result of agricultural runoff, produce toxins that affect the gastrointestinal tract and liver, causing vomiting or diarrhea. In severe cases, the animal can suffer liver failure. Blue-green algae blooms look like blue or green paint spilled on the […]

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