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Category Archives: Pet Connection

How to boost the odds a new cat will like being walked on a leash

Monday, Oct 8th, 2018 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Cats on leashes? Yes, it’s a thing, although not all cats or cat owners are on board. This reader wanted to increase the chances a new cat would take to it, so I asked my daughter, trainer Mikkel Becker, to join me in some recommendations. Q: I want a cat who will enjoy walking on […]

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A kiss no dog wants

Monday, Oct 1st, 2018 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Labrador Retriever

As if we didn’t have enough to worry about with our dogs — heartworms, ticks, fleas — now they are at risk from “kissing bugs.” The blood-sucking insects, found primarily in the southern United States and into Mexico, Central America and South America, seek out animals on which they can feed, including dogs, birds, reptiles […]

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Why dogs lick their feet and legs, and what to do about it

Thursday, Sep 27th, 2018 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Allergies? Pain? Boredom? Why do dogs lick their legs and feet obsessively, and what can you do about it? Here’s how I answered those questions from a reader. Q: I have a dog who licks her feet and legs too much. She is groomed every month, and I give her daily dietary supplements. Her vet […]

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How to manage your cat’s allergies

Monday, Sep 17th, 2018 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Cat

Allergies can make your cat itchy, painful, and miserable. And that makes a loving cat owner miserable, too. Here is what I told a reader struggling with severe allergies in her cat. Q: My cat is allergic to everything: fleas, food, pollen, etc. She has scratched and bitten all the fur off her belly and […]

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Cat with two personalities

Monday, Sep 10th, 2018 | By Dr. Marty Becker

aggressive cat shows teeth and hisses

Have you ever known a cat who veered from nice to naughty and back again? That was the problem facing a reader, and as I always do when faced with behavior questions, I recruited my daughter, trainer Mikkel Becker, to respond. Q: Our cat seems to have two personalities. She is an 8-year-old rescue that […]

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