Veterinary Medicine Archives - Dr. Marty Becker

Category Archives: Veterinary Medicine

Flat-faced dogs: Cute or cause for concern?

Thursday, Jan 21st, 2021 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Pug with toy

Dogs with extremely short muzzles and rounded heads are called brachycephalic, from the Greek words for “short” and “head.” Those features give them an adorable, almost-human expression, but they also bring with them a host of related health challenges. Bulldogs, boxers, pugs and other brachycephalic breeds often have difficulty breathing after even slight exertion. They […]

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Cat ears itchy? Might be mites

Tuesday, Jan 12th, 2021 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Cat paw scratches behind the ear

What’s going on when your cat scratches her ears? It could be an infection, but it could also be ear mites. Here’s what you should know. Q: My cat keeps scratching at her ears. Does she have an infection? A: That’s possible. She could also have an infestation of ear mites. Ear mites are most […]

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Can your dog be a blood donor?

Thursday, Jan 7th, 2021 | By Dr. Marty Becker

pitbull red nose in front of white background

A reader who is a regular blood donor (or hero, as I think of them!) asked if her dog could also give blood to help other dogs. Here’s the scoop. Q: I’m a regular blood donor to the Red Cross, and I’m curious if there are blood donor programs for dogs, too. A: As with […]

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Is it normal for dogs to chase their tails?

Monday, Dec 14th, 2020 | By Dr. Marty Becker

border collie dog chasing his own tail outdoors

Videos of dogs chasing their tails may have people laughing on YouTube, but tail-chasing may be nothing to laugh at. Here’s what I told a reader. Q: Why do dogs chase their tails? A: A search on YouTube turns up thousands of videos of dogs chasing their tails. Usually we laugh when we see dogs […]

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How to get a sick dog to eat

Monday, Dec 7th, 2020 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Beagle looking sad or sick

Some dogs who won’t eat just need a little time to feel better, but there are many times when eating is essential to their health and recovery. Here are some tips to get them to chow down when they don’t want to. Q: My dog is sick, and he has lost his appetite. Do you […]

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