Veterinary Medicine Archives - Dr. Marty Becker

Category Archives: Veterinary Medicine

Low platelet counts are big trouble for dogs

Tuesday, Jun 13th, 2017 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Does your dog have black stool, or bruises or other marks on his skin? This could be a lights and sirens emergency, and definitely requires a fast trip to the vet. Here’s what I told a reader about it. Q: My dog’s stool is black, and I noticed when I was grooming him that his […]

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What dog owners need to know about reverse sneezing

Tuesday, Jun 6th, 2017 | By Dr. Marty Becker

I’ve actually had a few patients rushed in for emergency care because it seemed like they were gasping for breath. That wasn’t actually what was going on. Here’s what I told a a Facebook follower who asked me about her pet’s “reverse sneezing.” Q: My little Chihuahua-mix makes a weird gasping sound at least once […]

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Cat biting you? Here’s what may be going on

Tuesday, May 30th, 2017 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Is your cat suddenly biting you when you pet her? Or have you recently adopted a new cat who is showing this behavior? The answer might be pain, as I explain to a reader who wrote asking about her cat’s biting. Q: Lately, every time I pet my cat, she tries to bite me. Why […]

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Is anesthesia safe for cats?

Thursday, May 25th, 2017 | By Dr. Marty Becker

I can’t tell you how many painful, infected, miserable mouths I see on cats whose owners are afraid for their pets to get dental care due to fears of anesthesia. Here’s what I told a worried reader. Q: My cat needs to have his teeth cleaned, but I’m afraid for him to go under anesthesia. […]

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New guidelines on how to stop mosquitoes before they spread disease to pets (and people)

Thursday, May 11th, 2017 | By Dr. Marty Becker

The big news in preventing mosquito-borne diseases in dogs, cats, and humans continues to be what’s known as vector control. In other words, instead of focusing exclusively on preventing or treating the diseases, we need to incorporate a robust prevention of the mosquitoes. Which, considering most people hate them and their itching, burning bites even […]

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