Veterinary Medicine Archives - Dr. Marty Becker

Category Archives: Veterinary Medicine

What you need to know about chemotherapy for pets

Wednesday, Jan 25th, 2023 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Sick Dog

Few things are as devastating as the diagnosis of cancer, including for our beloved pets. But chemotherapy can actually be easier on our cats and dogs than on human patients. Here’s the story. Q: My dog has been diagnosed with cancer, and the oncologist recommends chemotherapy. He says that chemo isn’t as hard on pets […]

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Dealing with a finicky cat

Friday, Jan 6th, 2023 | By Dr. Marty Becker

cat eating at table

We say cats are “finicky,” but the real situation is more complicated. Here’s how I responded to a reader’s question about her finicky feline. Q: My cat is so fussy about what he’ll eat. How can I get him to be less finicky? A: While some cats will happily eat whatever you put in front […]

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Fun ways to give your cats more exercise

Tuesday, Dec 6th, 2022 | By Dr. Marty Becker

kitten playing

These days, pet cats are “born retired.” That’s not good for them mentally or physically, and it can contribute to behavior problems. Here’s what I told a reader who wanted to know what she could do about it. Q: How can I get my indoor cat to exercise? A: Great question, and so important. Kittens […]

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Giardia in dogs is more common and more complicated than you think

Tuesday, Nov 22nd, 2022 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Dog running out of the water with a ball

If your dog has diarrhea on and off and you can’t figure out why, a tiny single-celled culprit may be to blame. Here’s what I told a reader. Q: My dog doesn’t seem to keep on any weight and has been having occasional diarrhea for no apparent reason. I took in a fecal sample and […]

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What’s the best kind of cat litter?

Thursday, Oct 20th, 2022 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Cat in litter box

There are a lot of cat litter options out there. Which is best? Q: What kind of cat litter is best? A: The short answer to that question is whatever they’ll use. But as with anything cat-related, there are nuances. Factors that affect a cat’s preferences include scent and texture. Most cats prefer unscented litter. […]

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