Veterinary Medicine Archives - Dr. Marty Becker

Category Archives: Veterinary Medicine

How a nasty little protozoa can make life miserable for your pet

Thursday, Mar 23rd, 2017 | By Dr. Marty Becker

What’s single-celled, ancient, and can make your dog or cat pretty sick — but might also infect them without causing any symptoms at all? The answer is coccidia, and here’s what I told a reader who wrote asking me about it. Q: I took in a fecal sample for my 9-year-old dog, and the results […]

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Blue Buffalo, Wellness announce pet food recalls for elevated thyroid levels

Saturday, Mar 18th, 2017 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Two pet food brands, Blue Buffalo and Wellness, have announced recalls of some of their products for “potential elevated levels of naturally occurring beef thyroid hormone.” Because this recall affects two unrelated brands for the same problem, it’s likely additional recalls will be announced, either of more products within the current brands, or other brands. […]

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When pet owners are blind to blindness

Thursday, Mar 16th, 2017 | By Dr. Marty Becker


Confession: I’ve had a dog of my own who went blind, probably starting days to weeks before I noticed. What? I’m certainly not a boarded veterinary ophthalmologist, nor am I in one of the best vets in the country, but I’m competent. No, the reason I missed the early signs is that pets are amazing […]

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The real reason cats’ eyes shine in the darkness

Tuesday, Mar 14th, 2017 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Among the many mysteries of the cat is that their eyes gleam in the darkness. A reader asks why that is. Here’s what I answered. Q: Why do my cat’s eyes glow in the dark? A: The ancient Egyptians had a theory about that. They believed that a cat’s eyes reflected the sun, even at […]

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The Tale of Ol’ One Nut: The life of a cryptorchid dog

Friday, Mar 10th, 2017 | By Dr. Marty Becker

I’m a huge fan of asking people the genesis of a pet’s name. A few of my favorites over the years: Brother. The three girls in the family adopted a male puppy from the shelter. Having always wanted a brother, now they had one. F.L.E.A. Not named for the blood sucking back biter but for […]

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