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What you need to know before declawing your cat

Friday, Aug 22nd, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker


Should you consider getting your cat declawed? Here’s what a reader had to say via email: Q: When I was growing up, we always had our cats declawed and I didn’t think anything about it. I took our new kitten in to the vet to have her declawed, and he didn’t want to do it. […]

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8 tips for picking a great shelter pet

Thursday, Aug 14th, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Shelters are full of great pets — how do you pick the one (or two!) that’s right for you? My Pet Connection co-writer Kim Campbell Thonrton and I are big fans of adopting from animal shelters. We each currently have two dogs acquired from shelters or rescue groups. They are all the absolute best — […]

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New rat poison has no antidote – be careful with your pets!

Thursday, Aug 7th, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

It’s never good when a pet downs mouse or rat poison, but rodenticides containing anticoagulants are treatable with blood transfusions and vitamin K if the poisoning is caught in time. However, the Environmental Protection Agency is canceling eight such products, in part because they endanger wildlife such as hawks, owls, bobcats and cougars. A common […]

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What to do if your dog is stung by a bee

Thursday, Jul 31st, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Do you know what to do if your dog gets stung by a bee? One of my readers asked: Q: My dog just got stung by a bee. He didn’t have an allergic reaction, but is there anything I can do in the future to relieve the pain? — via email A: You were fortunate […]

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16 interesting tidbits of trivia about all kinds of pets

Tuesday, Jul 22nd, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

I’m insatiably curious about all kinds of things, so when my Pet Connection co-writer Kim Campbell Thornton suggested we tackle pet trivia for our column this week, my only problem was narrowing it down to a number of fun facts that would actually fit in a newspaper! Here are a few: 1. Cats rub on […]

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