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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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What to do when your pet’s a handful… and you’re heading out of town

Thursday, Nov 9th, 2017 | By Dr. Marty Becker


A reader asked what to do with her rambunctious — okay, she used the words “Tasmanian devil” — Pug while she was out of town. I turned to my friend and colleague, board-certified veterinary behaviorist Dr. Lisa Radosta, for help. Q: I’m hoping to take a three-week trip to Europe next year, but I don’t […]

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What you need to know about your cat’s gallbladder

Monday, Oct 30th, 2017 | By Dr. Marty Becker


Just like people, cats can have gallbladder problems, including a life-threatening blockage. Here’s what I told a reader who contacted me about her cat’s diagnosis. Q: My cat has an inflamed gallbladder and maybe a blocked bile duct. I didn’t know cats could have gallbladder problems! What can you tell me about them? A: The […]

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