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Category Archives: Pet Connection

The problem with pets and marijuana/cannabis poisoning

Monday, Jul 30th, 2018 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Sweet sad dog

The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center is receiving an increasing number of calls regarding pets who have eaten marijuana plants or dried cannabis, as are local veterinarians. Animals can get sick from eating cannabis or edibles, becoming depressed or fatigued, dribbling urine, and developing a low body temperature and slow heart rate. More serious side […]

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When a pet’s ‘healthy appetite’ is something else entirely

Monday, Jul 23rd, 2018 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Dog looking at camera standing by green bowl

Going off their food is a common sign that a pet is sick. However, a pet who is eating well — or too well — can also be suffering from illness. Here’s what I told a reader. Q: My pet always eats well, and lately he’s been eating more than usual. I’ve always thought that […]

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Can swimming in a pond or lake kill your dog?

Tuesday, Jul 17th, 2018 | By Dr. Marty Becker

dog swimming

Beware of blue-green algae in water where your pet plays or swims. The algal blooms, often the result of agricultural runoff, produce toxins that affect the gastrointestinal tract and liver, causing vomiting or diarrhea. In severe cases, the animal can suffer liver failure. Blue-green algae blooms look like blue or green paint spilled on the […]

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How to know if your cat needs to see the vet (because he won’t tell you!)

Monday, Jul 9th, 2018 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Cat looking up

Does your cat need to see the veterinarian? He may not show obvious signs of illness, but you should take him in if you notice the following changes in appearance or behavior: Discharge from eyes or nose Change in eye color Loss of appetite for more than a day Unusual or excessive vocalizations Blood in […]

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Low thyroid in dogs: What you need to know

Monday, Jul 2nd, 2018 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Sweet sad dog

Low thyroid, or hypothyroidism, can cause troubling symptoms in dogs who suffer from the condition. Here’s how I explained it to a reader. Q: My dog has been diagnosed with hypothyroidism. What can you tell me about this disease? A: Hypothyroidism occurs when the thyroid gland doesn’t produce enough of certain important hormones. Usually it […]

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