Pet Connection Archives - Dr. Marty Becker

Category Archives: Pet Connection

The mystery behind this dog’s sudden behavior change

Monday, Mar 5th, 2018 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Lab lying down

What would you think if your senior dog suddenly started lying across your bedroom door every night — something he has literally never done before? Here’s what I told a reader whose dog is doing exactly that. Q: My dog never goes anywhere but the living room and kitchen. He’s a senior and has arthritis […]

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Feeding two cats who need different diets

Monday, Feb 26th, 2018 | By Dr. Marty Becker

What do you do when you have multiple cats, one of whom needs a special diet? One suggestion is not to free-feed your cats, but use food puzzles and hunting feeders. Here are a couple of other tips I had for a reader – as well as some unsolicited advice! Q: I’ve had two senior […]

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Why dogs mark and what to do about it

Monday, Feb 19th, 2018 | By Dr. Marty Becker

What can cause a dog to start marking in the house? That was the question I got from a reader, and I teamed up with my daughter, trainer Mikkel Becker, to answer. Q: Last year I adopted a 9-year-old chocolate Lab who was badly neglected and has permanent limited mobility. He joined my pack of […]

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Aspirin for pet pain: Good idea, or bad?

Tuesday, Feb 13th, 2018 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Is aspirin safe to give pets for their pain? That’s the question a reader had for me. The short answer is no; here’s why. Q: Is it OK to give my pet aspirin if he’s feeling sore or stiff? A: I don’t recommend it. In an acute pain situation, a veterinarian may prescribe aspirin for […]

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When cats lick all the hair off their bellies

Wednesday, Feb 7th, 2018 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Compulsive licking and chewing can be incredibly tough to resolve in a pet. This cat owner wrote asking for information and advice, and my daughter, trainer Mikkel Becker, and I teamed up to help. Q: My 11-year-old male cat keeps licking all the fur off his belly. I’ve tried Apoquel and Cerenia, my vet did […]

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