Veterinary Medicine Archives - Page 48 of 50 - Dr. Marty Becker

Category Archives: Veterinary Medicine

The case against free-feeding your dog

Wednesday, Jul 23rd, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Leaving food down all the time for your dog may be convenient for you, but it’s deadly for him. There is no bikini season for pets, nor stick-thin dog models on DogTV. Dogs are scavengers, and left to their own devices will happily dig their graves with their own food bowls. What can you do […]

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Is your dog a rock chomper?

Friday, Jul 18th, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

My dog has rocks in her stomach. Do you think they’re in her head too? My beloved rescue dog, Gracie, is a spayed female Lab/Pit mix who was in a shelter from age four months to two and a half years. My “Gracie girl” will eat anything (all kinds of feces, including her own from […]

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When medicine is crap: Fecal transplants in veterinary medicine

Tuesday, Jul 8th, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

I know many of my canine patients would as soon chow down on the contents of a diaper pail as their own nutritious food. I also remember as a child telling my mother, “This medicine tastes like crap!” That’s close to literally true now, as a growing number of MDs and veterinarians are using fecal […]

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How long can a wedding ring hide inside a dog?

Monday, Jul 7th, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

A woman in Wisconsin recently found her lost wedding ring, which had been missing for five years. She found it when her dog, Tucker, vomited it up. (And no, he’s not a Lab!) I shared the story on my Facebook page, commenting that, as a veterinarian, inside the dog was the first place I’d have […]

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Don’t ‘Ace’ the Fear: Why acepromazine may make your dog’s fireworks fear worse

Tuesday, Jul 1st, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Is what you’re doing to help your dog with his fireworks and thunderstorm fears making them worse? Fear of fireworks and thunderstorms can ruin a pet’s summer, but sometimes our best efforts to help our pets feel better have the opposite effect. One of the worst offenders is the drug acepromazine, known as Ace. Once […]

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