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Category Archives: Pet Connection

Can an older pet be spayed?

Monday, Nov 13th, 2017 | By Dr. Marty Becker

senior dog

A reader just adopted a 7-year-old dog from her local shelter, and was concerned about having her spayed at that age. First, I want to thank her for adopting a senior pet! Second, here’s my answer: Q: I just adopted a 7-year-old dog from the shelter, and they require me to have her spayed. Is […]

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What to do when your pet’s a handful… and you’re heading out of town

Thursday, Nov 9th, 2017 | By Dr. Marty Becker


A reader asked what to do with her rambunctious — okay, she used the words “Tasmanian devil” — Pug while she was out of town. I turned to my friend and colleague, board-certified veterinary behaviorist Dr. Lisa Radosta, for help. Q: I’m hoping to take a three-week trip to Europe next year, but I don’t […]

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What you need to know about your cat’s gallbladder

Monday, Oct 30th, 2017 | By Dr. Marty Becker


Just like people, cats can have gallbladder problems, including a life-threatening blockage. Here’s what I told a reader who contacted me about her cat’s diagnosis. Q: My cat has an inflamed gallbladder and maybe a blocked bile duct. I didn’t know cats could have gallbladder problems! What can you tell me about them? A: The […]

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How to remove tree sap from your pet’s fur

Tuesday, Oct 17th, 2017 | By Dr. Marty Becker

A Facebook follower asked me about this particularly sticky pet problem. Here’s my advice! Q: Help! My border collie got pine tree sap in her fur. How do I get it out? A: When it comes to sticky things in fur, there are a lot of different recommended remedies for removal. For instance, creamy peanut […]

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Why cats are destructive, and what to do about it

Tuesday, Oct 10th, 2017 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Because destructiveness in pets can have a medical as well as behavioral side, I teamed up with my daughter, trainer Mikkel Becker, to help this reader out with her rampaging cat. Q: My cat lives to tear up my stuff. She’s always scratching the furniture, eating houseplants and knocking things off shelves. She’s 2 years […]

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