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Category Archives: Pet Connection

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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Giving Dr. Google a veterinary checkup

Tuesday, Jul 23rd, 2019 | By Dr. Marty Becker

young beagle with laptop

When you think something’s wrong with your dog or cat, the first thing you do is Google the symptoms. Are we right? We bet we are. Studies show that 3 out of 4 people go to the internet before calling their veterinarians or taking their pets to the clinic. We understand. If you’re worried about […]

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Does a dog’s color control his personality?

Monday, Jul 15th, 2019 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Do dogs’ personalities vary depending on their coat color? That’s what a reader asked, and here’s what science tells us about the answer. Q: I’ve heard that Labs have different personalities depending on their color. Is that true? A: That’s a persistent myth about many breeds, including Labrador retrievers. For instance, chocolate Labs are thought […]

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Stress, crowding spread cat virus

Monday, Jul 8th, 2019 | By Dr. Marty Becker

No, you can’t get herpes from your cat. But feline herpesvirus is common in cats, usually causing mild symptoms but sometimes much more serious. Here’s what I told a reader. Q: My cat has been diagnosed with feline herpesvirus. What is it, and can she transmit it to me? A: First, the short answer, to […]

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Yes, your pets need sun protection, too

Sunday, Jun 23rd, 2019 | By Dr. Marty Becker

We all know we need protection from the sun. What about our pets? Here’s what I told a reader who asked about her cat’s love of sunbathing. Q: My cat loves to nap in the sun. Why is that, and do I need to worry that he’ll get sunburned? A: Cats have made their way […]

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