Pet Connection Archives - Dr. Marty Becker

Category Archives: Pet Connection

Helping a dog who is afraid of thunderstorms

Thursday, Apr 18th, 2019 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Chihuahua hiding under the quilt on the bed

Our dog Quixote is terrifed of thunderstorms — and it’s  fear that’s very common in dogs. When a reader asked me for help for her dog, I recruited my daughter, trainer Mikkel Becker, to share some tips. Q: It’s thunderstorm season, and my 3-year-old Australian shepherd has become so afraid of the noise that he […]

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When your cat bites you

Thursday, Apr 11th, 2019 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Cat biting hand

Cats can’t say, “Hey, I’m good. You can stop petting me now.” So they often let their teeth do the talking. But there are other reasons cats might bite. Here’s what I told a reader who wanted to know about her kitten’s biting behavior. Q: My 10-month-old cat bites me. Will he outgrow this? A: […]

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Tips for living with a blind dog

Monday, Mar 18th, 2019 | By Dr. Marty Becker

German Shepherd eyes

We had a beloved blind dog, Shakira. I share some of what we learned with this dog owner struggling with her dog’s vision loss. Q: My dog is losing her eyesight. How can I help her adjust? A: Blindness doesn’t seem to stop the average dog. When eyesight goes, the nose and ears take over […]

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The truth about cats and milk

Monday, Mar 11th, 2019 | By Dr. Marty Becker

hungry cat drink milk from glass on windowsill on summer green background

The cat lapping at a bowl of cream is a familiar image in cartoons, children’s books, and popular imagination. But this reader wasn’t sure her cat should be consuming dairy products. Here’s what I told her. Q: My cat enjoys drinking leftover milk from my cereal bowl, but my mother says I shouldn’t give it […]

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Don’t ignore head pressing in dogs

Thursday, Mar 7th, 2019 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Sad dog with green collar

One of the most distressing things we can see a dog do is the behavior known as “head pressing,” often accompanied by circling and pacing. This is nearly always a sign of serious, even life-threatening, illness and requires an immediate trip to the veterinarian. Here’s how I explained it to a reader who asked for […]

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