Veterinary Medicine Archives - Dr. Marty Becker

Category Archives: Veterinary Medicine

Hair-raising query about cat fur

Thursday, Oct 15th, 2020 | By Dr. Marty Becker

scared cat in man's arms

Did you know stress can make your cat shed? Q: Why do cats shed so much hair when they go to the vet? A: That’s a fascinating phenomenon. They’re just sitting there on the exam table and you pet them and wads of fur come off in your hand. What’s up with that? Your cat’s […]

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Cleanliness is next to catliness

Tuesday, Oct 13th, 2020 | By Dr. Marty Becker

small red white kitten is sitting in the litter box and looking up to the camera

When clients tell me their cat isn’t using the litter box, I ask how often they clean it. Some of them tell me, proudly, they clean it every few days. Then I ask how they’d like using the toilet if it was only flushed once every few days, and the lightbulb comes on. Here’s how […]

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What if your fish needs a veterinarian? Here’s what!

Monday, Sep 28th, 2020 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Betta

Fish are among the most popular pets in the world, and like all pets, sometimes they need veterinary care. Is that really possible? Yes! Here’s how I explained it to a reader. Q: I saw a Facebook post recently about a fish being treated at a veterinary clinic. Why? How? A: Hey, fish need veterinary […]

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Yes, you can keep your cat if you’re pregnant

Friday, Sep 18th, 2020 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Ginger cat sitting in carton box on window sill at home.

Once and for all, no, pregnant women don’t need to “get rid” of their cats, or put them outside! Here are the facts. Q: I’m pregnant with our first child, and my mother-in-law says we should get rid of our cat because of the risk of toxoplasmosis. Is she right? A: You can safely keep […]

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New cat? Time for a household poison check

Tuesday, Sep 15th, 2020 | By Dr. Marty Becker

sick kitten at vet

If you have pets in your home, you need to put poisons in your place. And that place is completely out of their reach. Here are some specific concerns about cat poision prevention. Q: I’m getting my first cat. Are there any household poisons or other dangers I should be concerned about? A: Cats are […]

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