Veterinary Medicine Archives - Page 4 of 54 - Dr. Marty Becker

Category Archives: Veterinary Medicine

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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New studies aim to help shelter cats, dogs with spinal cord injuries, and more

Tuesday, Dec 3rd, 2019 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Morris Animal Foundation is awarding more than $1 million in grants for 16 canine and feline research projects. Among the studies being funded are one to evaluate the potential of treating aggressive cancers with a new drug derived from a medicinal plant called feverfew; development of an oral vaccine for use in shelters and other […]

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Brush off cats – in a good way!

Friday, Nov 22nd, 2019 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Yes, cats groom themselves. So do they really need you to brush them? That’s what a reader asked; here’s my answer. Q: Why do I have to brush my cat? Don’t cats groom themselves? A: Cats do a great job of grooming themselves, but brushing has a lot of positives beyond helping cats stay clean. […]

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Do dogs really need special shampoo?

Monday, Nov 11th, 2019 | By Dr. Marty Becker

A reader was looking for mild alternatives to canine-formula shampoos for her dog. Here’s what I had to say. Q: Is it OK to use Dawn dishwashing detergent to bathe my dog? What about baby shampoo? I want to use something mild. A: We turned to a couple of coat and skin experts to find […]

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Human pain meds for pets?

Tuesday, Nov 5th, 2019 | By Dr. Marty Becker

You can create a lot of problems giving human medications to your pets, even one as simple as an aspirin. Here’s the risk as I explained it to a reader who asked about her pet’s arthritis pain. Q: My pet is a little achy from arthritis. Is it OK to give her aspirin? A: Back […]

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