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Cats beat dogs when it comes to sniffing out scents

Monday, Jun 11th, 2018 | By Dr. Marty Becker

A cat’s sense of smell is 15 times stronger than that of a human. Cats may even have a better sense of smell than dogs, with better ability to discriminate among more scents, although they probably won’t be doing search and rescue or bomb detection anytime soon. It’s no wonder, then, that cats dislike strong-scented […]

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Sunglasses for dogs aren’t just a fashion statement

Monday, Jun 4th, 2018 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Happy Dog in car. Bichon Frise Dog wears Hot Pink Goggles and enjoys a ride in a pedal car.

Are sunglasses for dogs a fashion statement or a necessity? A little bit of both, it turns out. Dogs who spend a lot of time on boats, running through brushy areas, or hanging their heads out the car window need protection from flying debris, sand, prickly foliage, and sun glare. Other dogs who can benefit […]

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How to keep your pet bird healthy

Monday, May 28th, 2018 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Amazon parrot

Taking a pet bird to the veterinarian can be stressful for him or for you, but there’s a big payoff! Here’s how I explained it to a reader. Q: How often should my pet bird visit the veterinarian? A: A healthy pet bird should visit the veterinarian each year for a physical examination and as […]

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Are baths good for cats? Yes, and here’s why

Monday, May 21st, 2018 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Cat having a bath

There’s a myth that cats don’t benefit from regular bathing, and that they will inevitably hate the experience. Neither of those things are true, as I explained to a reader who wanted to know if it’s okay to bathe her cat weekly. Q: My cat is good about grooming herself, but she spends so much […]

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Alopecia X in dogs: Can it be treated?

Monday, May 14th, 2018 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Pomeranian wrapped in a towel

There’s a puzzling condition that makes dogs’ hair fall out and not regrow. It goes by many different names, and it can be very difficult (but defnitely not impossible!) to treat. Here’s what I told a reader whose Pomeranion was affected by “alopecia X.”   Q: We have a 7-year-old blue merle Pomeranian whose fur […]

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