Veterinary Medicine Archives - Dr. Marty Becker

Category Archives: Veterinary Medicine

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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The frustrating reality of finding out why your cat is vomiting

Tuesday, May 9th, 2017 | By Dr. Marty Becker

A reader wants to know why her cat is vomiting all the time, but hesitated about all the tests her veterinarian wanted to run. Here are my thoughts. Q: My cat has been vomiting a lot, and my veterinarian wants to run all kinds of tests to figure out the cause. Is that really necessary? […]

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The top 5 reasons you should groom your cat

Thursday, May 4th, 2017 | By Dr. Marty Becker

I still remember the ad for Penzoil a few years ago when the greasy car mechanic talked about the importance of regular oil changes and said the line, “You can pay me now…or pay me later.” The inference, of course, was that you would pay much more later if you didn’t change your oil as […]

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Study: Vitamin D may help dogs with congestive heart failure

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017 | By Dr. Marty Becker

A reader asked if vitamin D supplementation was good for dogs as well as humans. The answer is maybe. Here’s what I told her. Q: If vitamin D supplementation is beneficial for humans, can it benefit dogs, too? A: That’s a great question! Researchers at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine published a study in […]

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What you need to know about kittens as they grow

Thursday, Apr 20th, 2017 | By Dr. Marty Becker

I remember being in veterinary school and being amazed at what I learned in a reproduction class about developmental milestones in kittens. I’d been around kittens my whole life (you saw many litters when you lived on a family farm in the 1950s-1970s when spay/neuter wasn’t common), but knew very few specifics. Here’s what I […]

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