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Are deer antlers safe for dogs to chew on?

Monday, Dec 15th, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Dogs will chew on pretty much anything – but that doesn’t mean it’s safe to let them! One of my readers asked if a deer antler chew was a good choice for her dog: Q: One of my friends gave my Cavapoo an antler chew. It seems kind of hard. Is it safe for him to […]

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What the heck is a ‘reverse sneeze’ and why do dogs do it?

Friday, Dec 12th, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

It’s one of the greatest of all dog owner mysteries: What the heck is a “reverse sneeze”? Veterinarians know it as the “pharyngeal gag reflex,” and while it can sound like your dog is about to keel over dead, in almost all cases, it’s harmless and requires no treatment (although you might want to try […]

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What to do about canine nosebleeds

Thursday, Dec 11th, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Nosebleeds aren’t all that uncommon in people, but with dogs, it’s a different story. One of my Facebook readers contacted me, asking if her dog’s sneezing and nosebleeds could be caused by allergies. I gave her my take on the possibilities: Q: My dog has been sneezing a lot and sometimes he has nosebleeds for […]

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Lessons from a puppy who swallowed a string of Christmas lights

Monday, Dec 8th, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

One of my most memorable, long-ago holiday cases was the Labrador Retriever puppy (what else!) who had swallowed an entire string of Christmas tree lights. When he was brought in, gagging, I opened his mouth and could still see the plug, far in the back. I have to admit it was tempting to anesthetize him, […]

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Will your kitten be able to cope with losing an eye?

Wednesday, Dec 3rd, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Many pet owners hate the idea of removing a pet’s eye, even if it will relieve pain and improve quality of life. What does the kitten think about it, and how will he or she cope? That’s what a reader asked: Q: The kitten I adopted came with a bad eye infection. My veterinarian says […]

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