Veterinary Medicine Archives - Dr. Marty Becker

Category Archives: Veterinary Medicine

Dogs and turkey bones? Just say no

Tuesday, Nov 13th, 2018 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Beagle dog licking plate from table. Hungry dog concept

Thanksgiving’s almost here, and a reader wanted to know if it’s okay to share the leftover bones from her holiday turkey with her dog. Here’s what I told her, and why. Q: With Thanksgiving coming up, I was wondering if it’s OK to give my dog the leftover turkey bones from the feast? A: I […]

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Helping a dog make the transition from sunny California to the snowy Midwest

Monday, Nov 5th, 2018 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Young golden retriever run at the snow in winter park

Moving from sunny Southern California to the snowy Midwest is a big change for anyone — including the family dog! Since I’ve lived in Idaho my whole life — a winter wonderland if there ever was one — I felt I had some advice to help with the transition. Q: My dog and I just […]

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A kiss no dog wants

Monday, Oct 1st, 2018 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Labrador Retriever

As if we didn’t have enough to worry about with our dogs — heartworms, ticks, fleas — now they are at risk from “kissing bugs.” The blood-sucking insects, found primarily in the southern United States and into Mexico, Central America and South America, seek out animals on which they can feed, including dogs, birds, reptiles […]

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Why dogs lick their feet and legs, and what to do about it

Thursday, Sep 27th, 2018 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Allergies? Pain? Boredom? Why do dogs lick their legs and feet obsessively, and what can you do about it? Here’s how I answered those questions from a reader. Q: I have a dog who licks her feet and legs too much. She is groomed every month, and I give her daily dietary supplements. Her vet […]

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How to manage your cat’s allergies

Monday, Sep 17th, 2018 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Cat

Allergies can make your cat itchy, painful, and miserable. And that makes a loving cat owner miserable, too. Here is what I told a reader struggling with severe allergies in her cat. Q: My cat is allergic to everything: fleas, food, pollen, etc. She has scratched and bitten all the fur off her belly and […]

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