Veterinary Medicine Archives - Dr. Marty Becker

Category Archives: Veterinary Medicine

Pets’ motion sickness is all in their ears

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018 | By Dr. Marty Becker

sad dog in car

Most pet owners can’t avoid taking their pets in the car, at least sometimes. After all, there are veterinary visits, training, trips to board or be groomed, camping trips, boat rides, holiday visits, and family vacations. While some pets handle travel like they could take the wheel and turn on the tunes, for others a […]

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Are baths good for cats? Yes, and here’s why

Monday, May 21st, 2018 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Cat having a bath

There’s a myth that cats don’t benefit from regular bathing, and that they will inevitably hate the experience. Neither of those things are true, as I explained to a reader who wanted to know if it’s okay to bathe her cat weekly. Q: My cat is good about grooming herself, but she spends so much […]

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Alopecia X in dogs: Can it be treated?

Monday, May 14th, 2018 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Pomeranian wrapped in a towel

There’s a puzzling condition that makes dogs’ hair fall out and not regrow. It goes by many different names, and it can be very difficult (but defnitely not impossible!) to treat. Here’s what I told a reader whose Pomeranion was affected by “alopecia X.”   Q: We have a 7-year-old blue merle Pomeranian whose fur […]

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Myths and truths about ‘fillers’ in pet food

Thursday, May 10th, 2018 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Dog looking at camera standing by green bowl

Does your pet’s food have “fillers” in it? And can you tell from the ingredient list? My clients and the pet owners who write me have a lot of questions about the ingredients contained in their pet’s food. I love this, as it shows they want the best for their pets, and are looking for […]

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Everything pet owners need to know about anal glands

Monday, Apr 30th, 2018 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Cat with green eyes

As a veterinarian, I have seen – and smelled – way more than my share of anal gland discharge. So who better to explain the subject to a reader who asked about it? Q: After my cat got off my lap recently, I noticed a couple of wet spots on my pants. When I gave […]

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