Veterinary Medicine Archives - Dr. Marty Becker

Category Archives: Veterinary Medicine

How to choose a healthy shelter kitten

Thursday, Jun 2nd, 2022 | By Dr. Marty Becker

kitten looking at you upside down

It’s kitten season, and the shelters are full of tiny feline babies. Here’s how to pick one with the signs of good health. Q: We want to get a kitten — there are so many in the shelter right now. What should we look for to make sure we choose a healthy one? A: It […]

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How to find a great veterinarian

Monday, Mar 21st, 2022 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Whether you’re a first-time pet parent, your old veterinarian is retiring, or you’ve recently moved, these tips will help you find a great new veterinarian! Q: My mother is moving to be near me, and we need to find a veterinarian for her cat. What should we look for? A: Great question! Making sure a […]

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Your cat’s ‘cold’ could be more serious than you think

Thursday, Feb 24th, 2022 | By Dr. Marty Becker

sick cat

If your cat is sneezing and has runny eyes, she may have a respiratory virus such as feline viral rhinotracheitis or feline calicivirus. Signs of viral respiratory disease include a watery or puslike discharge from the eyes and nose, lots of sneezing, and ulcers in her mouth or on her nose. Respiratory viruses can develop […]

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Why dogs can’t eat chocolate

Thursday, Feb 17th, 2022 | By Dr. Marty Becker

You’ve probably heard chocolate is dangerous for dogs, but did you know why? Here’s what the issue is. Q: Why is chocolate toxic to dogs, and what should I do if my dog eats some? A: For those of us who love chocolate and know about the health benefits of dark chocolate, it’s hard to […]

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There’s a new pain medication for cats

Friday, Feb 11th, 2022 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Cats with osteoarthritis have a new option for pain relief. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Solensia (frunevetmab), an injectable medication that is the first treatment for control of pain associated with osteoarthritis in cats. The cat-specific monoclonal antibody, a type of protein, works by recognizing and attaching to a protein called nerve […]

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