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Category Archives: Pet Connection

Toy joy for pet parrots

Monday, May 25th, 2020 | By Dr. Marty Becker

I write a lot about enrichment, and that includes pets other than cats and dogs. Here’s what my daughter, trainer Mikkel Becker, and I told a reader who wanted to make life joyful for her new parrot. Q: I just got a yellow-naped Amazon parrot. What are some good toys for him? A: Parrots are […]

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Signs of pet stress you might miss

Monday, May 18th, 2020 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Pets show stress in many different ways. Yawning, showing the whites of their eyes (nicknamed whale eye), excessive licking or grooming, sudden hair loss (like when your pet is at the vet and is shedding hair like crazy), increased barking or whining, trembling, pacing, suddenly starting to hide, eating less and breaking housetraining can all […]

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Tips on choosing a new pet’s name. Hint: It shouldn’t rhyme with ‘no’!

Tuesday, May 12th, 2020 | By Dr. Marty Becker

One of my favorite things to do in the veterinary exam room is ask my clients how they came up with their pets’ names. Here are some tips I shared with a reader on selecting one for a new pet. dogI love coming up with pet names and hearing the names people come up with […]

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How to set up your pet emergency kit

Monday, Apr 27th, 2020 | By Dr. Marty Becker


A pandemic isn’t the only reason you should have an emergency kit and care plan ready to go for pets; it can also be useful if you are injured in a car accident or face some other emergency that would require someone else to care for your animals. Pet emergency kit essentials are daily care […]

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Socializing your quarantine puppy

Monday, Apr 20th, 2020 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Puppy sitting near door on white carpet.

It’s probably no mystery why we’re getting so many more behavior questions during the COVID lockdown than we normally do: Humans are home more, and it’s changing routines and creating stress for us and our pets. Fortunately, my daughter, trainer Mikkel Becker, is up to the challenge! Q: I just got a new puppy, and […]

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