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Category Archives: Veterinary Medicine

Can your dog be a blood donor?

Thursday, Jan 7th, 2021 | By Dr. Marty Becker

pitbull red nose in front of white background

A reader who is a regular blood donor (or hero, as I think of them!) asked if her dog could also give blood to help other dogs. Here’s the scoop. Q: I’m a regular blood donor to the Red Cross, and I’m curious if there are blood donor programs for dogs, too. A: As with […]

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Is it normal for dogs to chase their tails?

Monday, Dec 14th, 2020 | By Dr. Marty Becker

border collie dog chasing his own tail outdoors

Videos of dogs chasing their tails may have people laughing on YouTube, but tail-chasing may be nothing to laugh at. Here’s what I told a reader. Q: Why do dogs chase their tails? A: A search on YouTube turns up thousands of videos of dogs chasing their tails. Usually we laugh when we see dogs […]

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How to get a sick dog to eat

Monday, Dec 7th, 2020 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Beagle looking sad or sick

Some dogs who won’t eat just need a little time to feel better, but there are many times when eating is essential to their health and recovery. Here are some tips to get them to chow down when they don’t want to. Q: My dog is sick, and he has lost his appetite. Do you […]

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What you need to know about your cat’s vital signs

Monday, Nov 9th, 2020 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Vital signs aren’t just for televsion shows set in hospital ERs. They’re for cats, too. Here’s how I explained it to a reader. Q: What should I know about determining my cat’s vital signs? A: Great question! I’m always in favor of people knowing as much as possible about how their animals “work.” Vital signs, […]

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Hair-raising query about cat fur

Thursday, Oct 15th, 2020 | By Dr. Marty Becker

scared cat in man's arms

Did you know stress can make your cat shed? Q: Why do cats shed so much hair when they go to the vet? A: That’s a fascinating phenomenon. They’re just sitting there on the exam table and you pet them and wads of fur come off in your hand. What’s up with that? Your cat’s […]

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