Pet Connection Archives - Dr. Marty Becker

Category Archives: Pet Connection

Male calico cats aren’t just rare

Monday, Jan 20th, 2020 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Male calico cats are rare, but that’s not their whole story. Here’s what I told a reader. Q: I’ve just adopted a rare male calico cat, and I’m thinking of breeding him. Is that a good idea? A: I hate to burst your bubble, but although male calicos are rare, trying to breed one will […]

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Pain cream really is toxic to pets

Tuesday, Jan 14th, 2020 | By Dr. Marty Becker

It’s not fake news: Some pain creams and other human topical medications are very dangerous to your pets. Here’s what I told a reader who asked about it. Q: I saw a meme on Facebook saying that Voltaren pain cream is toxic to dogs and cats. Is that true? A: Yes. Diclofenac, the active ingredient […]

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How to win the war on pet odors

Friday, Jan 10th, 2020 | By Dr. Marty Becker

How do you win the war on pet odors? These are my top tips, in response to a reader with a stinky pet problem. Q: I have dogs and cats, and I know my house smells like it. How can I keep the odor down and keep it smelling fresh? A: Living with pets does […]

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Avian obesity is plus-size problem

Friday, Dec 27th, 2019 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Obesity is a problem with all pets, including pet birds. Here’s what I had to say to a reader with questions. Q: My veterinarian says my bird is fat. Is that really something I need to worry about? A: You bet! Obesity is as much an issue in pet birds as it is in dogs […]

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New puppy? Here’s what you need to know

Tuesday, Dec 17th, 2019 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Woman in Santa hat holding at shoulder small funny cute dog

A reader is planning on getting a new puppy, and wanted to know my top tips. Here they are! Q: I’m getting a puppy for Christmas! What do you think are the most important things that new dog owners should know? A: Congratulations on the beginning of a beautiful friendship. The love of and from […]

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