Pet Connection Archives - Dr. Marty Becker

Category Archives: Pet Connection

New studies aim to help shelter cats, dogs with spinal cord injuries, and more

Tuesday, Dec 3rd, 2019 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Morris Animal Foundation is awarding more than $1 million in grants for 16 canine and feline research projects. Among the studies being funded are one to evaluate the potential of treating aggressive cancers with a new drug derived from a medicinal plant called feverfew; development of an oral vaccine for use in shelters and other […]

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Brush off cats – in a good way!

Friday, Nov 22nd, 2019 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Yes, cats groom themselves. So do they really need you to brush them? That’s what a reader asked; here’s my answer. Q: Why do I have to brush my cat? Don’t cats groom themselves? A: Cats do a great job of grooming themselves, but brushing has a lot of positives beyond helping cats stay clean. […]

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Do dogs really need special shampoo?

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

A reader was looking for mild alternatives to canine-formula shampoos for her dog. Here’s what I had to say. Q: Is it OK to use Dawn dishwashing detergent to bathe my dog? What about baby shampoo? I want to use something mild. A: We turned to a couple of coat and skin experts to find […]

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Why you should bathe your kitten – even if she doesn’t ‘need’ it

Monday, Oct 28th, 2019 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Kitten wrapped in a towel after a bath

Whether cats “need” to be routinely bathed or not is an open question, but because a bath may be medically necessary at some point in their lives, every cat should be accustomed to bathing. Here’s how I explained it to a reader asking about her new kitten. Q: I just got a kitten, and she’s […]

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Allergic to cats? New food may help

Monday, Oct 21st, 2019 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Young Latina woman with cat

Is there really a pet food that can reduce human allergies to cats? How would it work if there is? And is it available? That’s what a reader wanted to know; here’s my response. Q: I heard about a new food for cats that will reduce human allergies to them. Is that really available? A: […]

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