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Category Archives: Veterinary Medicine

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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Kittens need to scratch. Here’s how to help them scratch the right things!

Thursday, Nov 2nd, 2017 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Tally's scratching posts

We recently adopted a kitten, Talley, and it’s been a joy to see her whip our dogs into shape, herd Teresa and me, and turn our house into a feline wonderland. Kittens are born with claws, and they need them for many reasons. They use them to stretch, to climb and clamber, to defend themselves, […]

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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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This Halloween, worry about real pet risks, not fake dangers

Monday, Oct 23rd, 2017 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Can we stop worrying about fake Halloween pet dangers and focus on the ones that are real? Fake: That people adopt black cats from shelters to perform satanic rituals. Real: Hundreds of thousands of cats die in shelters each year because they’re not adopted. Fake: That even the tiniest amount of chocolate will kill your […]

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