Pet Connection Archives - Dr. Marty Becker

Category Archives: Pet Connection

Winning the war against feline fleas

Monday, Jun 17th, 2019 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Can you win the war against feline fleas? Here’s what I told a reader. Q: Help! My cat has fleas. How can I get rid of them? A: You’re smart to want to protect your cat from these freeloading bloodsuckers. Flea bites cause cats to be itchy and uncomfortable. (Did you know that a single […]

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How to manage your dog’s mitral valve disease

Monday, Jun 10th, 2019 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Cavalier King Charles spaniel

If your dog has been diagnosed with mitral valve disease, you might be feeling overwhelmed and unsure of what that will mean for your pet’s future. A reader asked me about managing the condition, and here’s how I explained the problem and its management to her. And good news: a surgical repair to the mitral […]

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How to help your dog’s carsickness

Monday, Jun 3rd, 2019 | By Dr. Marty Becker

sad dog in car

Your dog doesn’t actually have to throw up in the car for you to know he has carsickness. Panting, restlessness, and anxiety are all signs he’s not feeling well while on the road. Short of never leaving home, what can you do? Here’s what I told a reader who has a 12-hour drive coming up […]

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Why some cats have extra toes

Tuesday, May 28th, 2019 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Ever wondered about “Hemingway cats,” those felines with extra toes? A reader did; here’s the story! Q: Why do some cats have extra toes? A: Cats normally have 18 toes: five on each front paw and four on each back paw. Some cats are born with additional toes — usually on front paws, but sometimes […]

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Crate-train cats? Yes, you can

Tuesday, May 21st, 2019 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Cute little tabby kitten sitting in a travel crate on a blue blanket

When a reader asked if it was possible to crate-train a cat the way you would train a dog, I immediately turned to my usual source of all things training, my daughter, trainer Mikkel Becker. And of course, she had the answer! Q: Can cats be crate-trained the way dogs can? A: Cats don’t need […]

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