Pet Connection Archives - Dr. Marty Becker

Category Archives: Pet Connection

What pet food labels mean

Thursday, Sep 9th, 2021 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Dog looking at camera standing by green bowl

I get a lot of questions about pet foods. Here’s my response to a question about pet food labels from a reader. Q: What do the terms “super-premium” and “natural” mean on pet food labels? Are they better for my pet? A: You might be surprised to learn that those terms, along with “premium,” “ultra-premium” […]

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Will the search for pet-friendly housing get easier?

Wednesday, Jul 28th, 2021 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Kitten and tiny house

Seeking pet-friendly housing? Help may be at hand thanks to lobbyists and pet industry insiders meeting in October with Congressional legislators. Pet journalist Sandy Robins reports at that during Pet Week, hosted annually in Washington, D.C., by the Human Animal Bond Research Initiative, lawmakers will have the opportunity to learn about the importance of […]

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What are pheromones and how can they help cats and dogs?

Wednesday, Jul 21st, 2021 | By Dr. Marty Becker

I frequently recommend pheromones for cats and dogs. When a reader wrote with a question about pheromones, I asked my daughter, Fear Free Head Trainer Mikkel Becker, to explain. Q: What are pheromones, and how do they affect dogs and cats? A: Pheromones are chemical signals that allow members within a species to communicate emotions […]

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Can inflammation harm your cat’s mind, body, and emotions?

Thursday, Jul 15th, 2021 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Black Cat. Portrait Of A Pet. Yellow Eyes In A Cat.

A study by Carlo Siracusa, associate professor of clinical behavior medicine at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine, will look at how chronic inflammation affects cognition, behavior and overall health of senior cats. The study, awarded the Mark L. Morris Jr. Investigator Award by the Morris Animal Foundation, will look at 100 pet […]

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When should kittens by spayed or neutered?

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

What’s the right age to spay or neuter a kitten? Here’s how I answered a reader with that question. Q: How old should kittens be when they are spayed or neutered? A: According to a task force whose members represent the American Veterinary Medical Association, the America Association of Feline Practitioners and the American Animal […]

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