Veterinary Medicine Archives - Dr. Marty Becker

Category Archives: Veterinary Medicine

Here are the best ingredients for cat foods

Monday, Oct 14th, 2019 | By Dr. Marty Becker

There’s a lot of confusion about how best to feed your cat. Here’s what I told a reader. Q: What are the best ingredients for cat foods? I’ve read different opinions, and I’m confused. All protein — or some grains? A: Good question. I asked cat nutrition expert Tony Buffington, DVM, to weigh in. Cats […]

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Yes, your cat can enjoy going to the vet. Here’s how

Wednesday, Sep 25th, 2019 | By Dr. Marty Becker

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A cat enjoying a trip to the vet? No, it’s not fantasy. It’s possible if you know the right steps to take. I outline them here for a reader. Q: It was always a struggle to get my previous cat to the vet. Now that I have a new kitten, do you have any advice […]

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When there’s a mass on your cat’s liver

Monday, Sep 9th, 2019 | By Dr. Marty Becker

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A reader wrote asking about a mass recently diagnosed on her cat’s liver. This condition is known as a biliary cyst. Here’s what I told her about it. A: That’s an interesting question. A biliary cyst is a large, fluid-filled growth on the bile duct system of the liver. It’s the most common type of […]

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Getting a blood draw from your pet the Fear Free way

Monday, Aug 26th, 2019 | By Dr. Marty Becker

How do veterinarians and veterinary nurses get blood from zoo animals? They train them using positive reinforcement to offer a limb for the blood draw. You can reach your pet the exact same thing! Here’s how I explained it to a reader: Q: My dog hates having blood drawn, but he has a health condition that […]

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Signs a dog is healthy

Monday, Aug 19th, 2019 | By Dr. Marty Becker

You’ve probably seen television doctors talking about a patient’s “vitals.” That’s something we measure in veterinary medicine, too. Here’s how I explained it to a reader. Q: What are vital signs in dogs, and what do I need to know about them? A: Vital signs are just what they sound like: indicators of life and […]

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