Veterinary Medicine Archives - Dr. Marty Becker

Category Archives: Veterinary Medicine

This pet poison lurks in places you might never imagine

Tuesday, Mar 24th, 2020 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Surprised dog, question mark, on a blue background

You probably know that the sweetener xylitol is highly toxic to pets. What you might not know is all the different types of products in which it’s found. When you’re shopping, check labels for xylitol in peanut and other nut butters; protein bars; toothpaste (one of the reasons not to brush pets’ teeth with toothpaste […]

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How often should pets visit the vet?

Monday, Mar 9th, 2020 | By Dr. Marty Becker

White cat with two colored eyes being examined by a veterinarian

Is “bring your pet to see the vet every year” the kind of good advice you tend to ignore? This may help you understand why I recommend an annual visit for healthy pets. Q: My 5-year-old cat is in good health and up-to-date on her vaccinations. She’s never had any health problems. Does she really […]

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Can pets catch or spread new coronavirus?

Monday, Mar 2nd, 2020 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Woman wearing respiratory mask while looking at her dog

Are we likely to transmit the new coronavirus to our pets? Can they transmit it to us? While virus has been found in the nose of a dog owned by a person with COVID-19, it’s most likely that was just some live or dead virus picked up from his or her owner rather than an […]

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What you may not know about socializing kittens

Wednesday, Feb 19th, 2020 | By Dr. Marty Becker

kitten looking at you upside down

Traditionally people have seen cats as “plug and play” pets who don’t need the same socialization, training, enrichment, and exercise as dogs. That’s not true, and the need to get them used to being part of a human family begins in kittenhood. Here’s how I explained it to a reader. Q: Do kittens have the […]

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What to do if your cat is chewing up your houseplants

Tuesday, Feb 11th, 2020 | By Dr. Marty Becker

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

Seeing your houseplants destroyed over and over is stressful, but there’s a bigger concern: Houseplants can make chewing cats very sick. Here’s what I told a reader who wrote asking for tips to solve this problem. Q: I’m tired of shredded houseplants! Can you suggest plants that our two cats won’t chew on? A: We’d […]

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