Pet Connection Archives - Dr. Marty Becker

Category Archives: Pet Connection

The common first aid items that are dangerous to use on your pets

Monday, Apr 12th, 2021 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Puppy with bandage on paw

There are plenty of over-the-counter first aid products that are safe to use on our own scrapes and minor wounds, but many of them are dangerous for pets. Do you know which ones? Q: I always used hydrogen peroxide to clean my pet’s scrapes or minor wounds, but I was told recently that’s bad for […]

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Dirty dog? You might be surprised

Friday, Apr 9th, 2021 | By Dr. Marty Becker

dog paw and human hand

What’s cleaner than the soles of your shoes? A recent study suggests that the answer is your dog’s paws. Researchers at Utrecht University in the Netherlands took samples from the paws of 50 assistance dogs and the shoe soles of their handlers. They did the same for an equal number of pet dogs and their […]

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What frustration makes cats do

Tuesday, Mar 30th, 2021 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Your indoor cat spots a cat outside a window, and suddenly turns on a housemate cat or human. What’s going on? Here’s what I told a reader. Q: Why does my cat attack me when he sees a cat outdoors? A: If you’ve ever had a bad day at the office and then come home […]

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Keeping pets safe from poison

Wednesday, Mar 24th, 2021 | By Dr. Marty Becker

sick kitten at vet

It’s National Animal Poison Prevention Week. Do you know what yard and household substances put your dog or cat at risk? In the kitchen, beware of dark chocolate, grapes, mushrooms and anything moldy that your pet might snag from the trash. Your medicine cabinet holds ibuprofen, acetaminophen and your prescription medication; even without opposable thumbs, […]

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What are the largest and smallest dog breeds?

Monday, Mar 15th, 2021 | By Dr. Marty Becker

A reader had a simple question: Out of all the hundreds and hundreds of dog breeds on the planet, which is the largest and which is the smallest? Here’s my response. Q: What are the largest and smallest dog breeds? A: While humans measure height to the top of our heads, a dog’s height is […]

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