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Category Archives: Veterinary Medicine

That spot in your pet’s eye could be malignant melanoma

Monday, Sep 3rd, 2018 | By Dr. Marty Becker

green-eyed cat lying on bed

If you see a spot in your dog’s or cat’s eye, don’t assume it’s not serious. It could be a malignant cancer, as this reader discovered with her own dog. Q: I noticed a black dot near the pupil of my dog’s eye, which grew quickly. I took him to the veterinarian, and it was […]

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Vaccines for outdoor cats

Monday, Aug 27th, 2018 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Our barn cat, Scrat

Are vaccines for cats who live outdoors different from cats who live in the house? And what do you do if a trip to the vet is just too stressful for the outdoor kitties? Those were the questions a reader asked me — here’s my reply. Q: I live on a ranch and have been […]

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Heartworm infection is growing, and resistance to preventives is on the rise. What can pet owners do?

Monday, Aug 20th, 2018 | By Dr. Marty Becker

dog in grass

Yes, it’s true: Heartworm is developing resistance to common preventives, and the number of affected dogs and cats is spreading. We tackle this problem – and what to do about it – in this week’s Pet Connection: Climate change, failure to give preventive, and the beginnings of resistance to preventive products are among the reasons […]

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The opioid crisis affects veterinary medicine, too. Here’s how

Monday, Aug 6th, 2018 | By Dr. Marty Becker

vet and dog

In our weekly Pet Connection feature, we’re tackling the opioid crisis and how it’s impacting veterinary medicine: If you don’t take pain medications or haven’t had surgery recently, you probably don’t think the opioid crisis you’ve been hearing about on the news has anything to do with you. But if you have pets, they could […]

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The problem with pets and marijuana/cannabis poisoning

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

Sweet sad dog

The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center is receiving an increasing number of calls regarding pets who have eaten marijuana plants or dried cannabis, as are local veterinarians. Animals can get sick from eating cannabis or edibles, becoming depressed or fatigued, dribbling urine, and developing a low body temperature and slow heart rate. More serious side […]

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