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Category Archives: Pet Connection

Study: Vitamin D may help dogs with congestive heart failure

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017 | By Dr. Marty Becker

A reader asked if vitamin D supplementation was good for dogs as well as humans. The answer is maybe. Here’s what I told her. Q: If vitamin D supplementation is beneficial for humans, can it benefit dogs, too? A: That’s a great question! Researchers at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine published a study in […]

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When cats act like they might attack

Tuesday, Apr 25th, 2017 | By Dr. Marty Becker

A reader wrote asking me what to do about her cat, who has been hissing and twitching her tail when strangers come into the home. I asked my daughter, trainer Mikkel Becker, to share her thoughts. Q: My cat is aggressive to people who come into our home, whether it’s workers or guests. She crouches, […]

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Dog dewclaws: What are they good for? You might be surprised!

Tuesday, Apr 18th, 2017 | By Dr. Marty Becker

While some breeders remove them from puppies, for most dogs, dewclaws — those thumb-like “toes” on the sides of your dog’s front legs — actually do serve a purpose. This is what I told a reader who asked about them. Q: Why do dogs have dewclaws? I’m talking to a breeder about a puppy, and […]

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Expert tips on dealing with your dog’s fear of thunderstorms

Thursday, Apr 13th, 2017 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Thunderstorm season is almost here, and hundreds of thousands of dog owners are facing it with dread. What can be done about a dog’s fear of thunder and lightning? I asked my trainer daughter, Mikkel Becker, to respond. Q: It’s thunderstorm season, and my 3-year-old Australian shepherd has become so afraid of the noise that […]

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Your cat is breathing with her mouth open. It is heart disease?

Tuesday, Apr 4th, 2017 | By Dr. Marty Becker

A reader wants to know what it means that her cat is breathing with an open mouth and seems disinterested in play. Here’s what I told her. Q: My ragdoll cat has been breathing with his mouth open, and he doesn’t seem to want to play very much. Do you think he’s just getting older […]

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