Veterinary Medicine Archives - Dr. Marty Becker

Category Archives: Veterinary Medicine

Can swimming in a pond or lake kill your dog?

Tuesday, Jul 17th, 2018 | By Dr. Marty Becker

dog swimming

Beware of blue-green algae in water where your pet plays or swims. The algal blooms, often the result of agricultural runoff, produce toxins that affect the gastrointestinal tract and liver, causing vomiting or diarrhea. In severe cases, the animal can suffer liver failure. Blue-green algae blooms look like blue or green paint spilled on the […]

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How to know if your cat needs to see the vet (because he won’t tell you!)

Monday, Jul 9th, 2018 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Cat looking up

Does your cat need to see the veterinarian? He may not show obvious signs of illness, but you should take him in if you notice the following changes in appearance or behavior: Discharge from eyes or nose Change in eye color Loss of appetite for more than a day Unusual or excessive vocalizations Blood in […]

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Low thyroid in dogs: What you need to know

Monday, Jul 2nd, 2018 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Sweet sad dog

Low thyroid, or hypothyroidism, can cause troubling symptoms in dogs who suffer from the condition. Here’s how I explained it to a reader. Q: My dog has been diagnosed with hypothyroidism. What can you tell me about this disease? A: Hypothyroidism occurs when the thyroid gland doesn’t produce enough of certain important hormones. Usually it […]

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Getting ahead of your dog’ motion sickness

Monday, Jun 18th, 2018 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Does your dog get car sick? This problem is more complicated than you might think. Here’s how I explained it to a reader. Q: We’re going on a road trip next month. We’d like to bring our dog, but she gets carsick. Do you have any tips to help her be more comfortable? A: Motion […]

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Cats beat dogs when it comes to sniffing out scents

Monday, Jun 11th, 2018 | By Dr. Marty Becker

A cat’s sense of smell is 15 times stronger than that of a human. Cats may even have a better sense of smell than dogs, with better ability to discriminate among more scents, although they probably won’t be doing search and rescue or bomb detection anytime soon. It’s no wonder, then, that cats dislike strong-scented […]

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