Pet Connection Archives - Dr. Marty Becker

Category Archives: Pet Connection

Dog dewclaws: What are they good for? You might be surprised!

Tuesday, Apr 18th, 2017 | By Dr. Marty Becker

While some breeders remove them from puppies, for most dogs, dewclaws — those thumb-like “toes” on the sides of your dog’s front legs — actually do serve a purpose. This is what I told a reader who asked about them. Q: Why do dogs have dewclaws? I’m talking to a breeder about a puppy, and […]

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Expert tips on dealing with your dog’s fear of thunderstorms

Thursday, Apr 13th, 2017 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Thunderstorm season is almost here, and hundreds of thousands of dog owners are facing it with dread. What can be done about a dog’s fear of thunder and lightning? I asked my trainer daughter, Mikkel Becker, to respond. Q: It’s thunderstorm season, and my 3-year-old Australian shepherd has become so afraid of the noise that […]

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Your cat is breathing with her mouth open. It is heart disease?

Tuesday, Apr 4th, 2017 | By Dr. Marty Becker

A reader wants to know what it means that her cat is breathing with an open mouth and seems disinterested in play. Here’s what I told her. Q: My ragdoll cat has been breathing with his mouth open, and he doesn’t seem to want to play very much. Do you think he’s just getting older […]

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What to do about your dog’s toenail tear

Tuesday, Mar 28th, 2017 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Few things hurt more than an injury to the toenail — no matter your species! What should you do when it happens to your dog? That’s what a reader asked, and below is my answer! Q: My Lab tore his toenail at agility class. What’s the best thing to do for it? I’ve heard lots […]

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How a nasty little protozoa can make life miserable for your pet

Thursday, Mar 23rd, 2017 | By Dr. Marty Becker

What’s single-celled, ancient, and can make your dog or cat pretty sick — but might also infect them without causing any symptoms at all? The answer is coccidia, and here’s what I told a reader who wrote asking me about it. Q: I took in a fecal sample for my 9-year-old dog, and the results […]

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