Pet Connection Archives - Dr. Marty Becker

Category Archives: Pet Connection

When your cat starts making those unwanted ‘wake up calls’

Tuesday, Dec 12th, 2017 | By Dr. Marty Becker


Has your started waking you up early and often? That was the problem faced by a reader, and I teamed up with my daughter, trainer Mikkel Becker, to respond. Q: Our 11-year-old male cat has some new behaviors. He used to sleep at the foot of our bed, but now he cuddles, purrs and sleeps […]

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Dogs are saving firefighters

Tuesday, Dec 5th, 2017 | By Dr. Marty Becker

firefighter with labrador retriever

Usually firefighters save dogs. Now the dogs are returning the favor. Because of their frequent exposure to chemicals and toxic fumes, firefighters are at risk for certain types of cancer, including respiratory and urinary cancers. A Canadian organization called Cancer Dogs is hoping to reduce that risk through screenings with dogs trained to detect cancer […]

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Cats may stop the gene that triggers asthma

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

little girl sitting on the bed and plays with a cat

Danish researchers found that toddlers who grew up with a cat in the home were less likely to develop asthma, according to a study published last month in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. The scientists reported that a variation in the TT gene appears to play a role in triggering asthma but seems […]

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Cats measure space ‘by a whisker’

Tuesday, Nov 21st, 2017 | By Dr. Marty Becker


Most of the things people “have heard” about cats are myths and urban legends. But a reader wrote me about one that’s true! Q: I’ve heard a cat’s whiskers are as wide as their body so they can fit through certain areas. If the cat puts on enough weight, do the whiskers also grow? A: […]

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Can an older pet be spayed?

Monday, Nov 13th, 2017 | By Dr. Marty Becker

senior dog

A reader just adopted a 7-year-old dog from her local shelter, and was concerned about having her spayed at that age. First, I want to thank her for adopting a senior pet! Second, here’s my answer: Q: I just adopted a 7-year-old dog from the shelter, and they require me to have her spayed. Is […]

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