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Male calico cats aren’t just rare

Monday, Jan 20th, 2020 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Male calico cats are rare, but that’s not their whole story. Here’s what I told a reader. Q: I’ve just adopted a rare male calico cat, and I’m thinking of breeding him. Is that a good idea? A: I hate to burst your bubble, but although male calicos are rare, trying to breed one will […]

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Pain cream really is toxic to pets

Tuesday, Jan 14th, 2020 | By Dr. Marty Becker

It’s not fake news: Some pain creams and other human topical medications are very dangerous to your pets. Here’s what I told a reader who asked about it. Q: I saw a meme on Facebook saying that Voltaren pain cream is toxic to dogs and cats. Is that true? A: Yes. Diclofenac, the active ingredient […]

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Avian obesity is plus-size problem

Friday, Dec 27th, 2019 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Obesity is a problem with all pets, including pet birds. Here’s what I had to say to a reader with questions. Q: My veterinarian says my bird is fat. Is that really something I need to worry about? A: You bet! Obesity is as much an issue in pet birds as it is in dogs […]

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New puppy? Here’s what you need to know

Tuesday, Dec 17th, 2019 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Woman in Santa hat holding at shoulder small funny cute dog

A reader is planning on getting a new puppy, and wanted to know my top tips. Here they are! Q: I’m getting a puppy for Christmas! What do you think are the most important things that new dog owners should know? A: Congratulations on the beginning of a beautiful friendship. The love of and from […]

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How smoking – even outdoors – can harm your pets

Tuesday, Dec 10th, 2019 | By Dr. Marty Becker

A reader wrote in to ask if his smoking is harming his pets. The short answer is yes. Here’s the evidence and some recommendations (including to quit for you and for them!). Q: I’m a smoker. Is it really bad for me to smoke around my pets? It’s not like they’re inhaling. A: But they […]

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