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Getting a blood draw from your pet the Fear Free way

Monday, Aug 26th, 2019 | By Dr. Marty Becker

How do veterinarians and veterinary nurses get blood from zoo animals? They train them using positive reinforcement to offer a limb for the blood draw. You can reach your pet the exact same thing! Here’s how I explained it to a reader: Q: My dog hates having blood drawn, but he has a health condition that […]

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Signs a dog is healthy

Monday, Aug 19th, 2019 | By Dr. Marty Becker

You’ve probably seen television doctors talking about a patient’s “vitals.” That’s something we measure in veterinary medicine, too. Here’s how I explained it to a reader. Q: What are vital signs in dogs, and what do I need to know about them? A: Vital signs are just what they sound like: indicators of life and […]

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How to build a DIY scratching post your cat will love

Monday, Aug 12th, 2019 | By Dr. Marty Becker

A reader has the DIY bug and a cat. Here are some tips for building a great scratching post! Q: I want to build a scratching post for my cat. Do you have any tips? A: That’s a great idea. Building it yourself ensures that it suits your cat’s scratching style and size. Here’s what […]

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Your cat needs more playtime than you think

Monday, Aug 5th, 2019 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Fluffy Cat Plays With A Toy.

A reader wanted to know just how much playtime her cat really needs. I’m glad she asked this question, because most cats I see as a veterinarian aren’t even coming close to the minimum, let alone the optimal, amount of play that they need to be happy and healthy! Here’s what I told her. Q: […]

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Is your upholstery a health danger to your cat?

Monday, Jul 29th, 2019 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Very old black cat resting on hammock

If your cat has hyperthyroidism, the cause may be flame retardants in the environment. Feline hyperthyroidism, first diagnosed in 1979, is the most common endocrine disease in older cats. In the 40 years since that first case was diagnosed, the prevalence of the disease has risen dramatically. Scientists suspected a link to household flame retardants, […]

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