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Dr. Karen Becker is a proactive and integrative wellness veterinarian.

Her goal is to help you create wellness in order to prevent illness in the lives of your pets. This proactive approach seeks to save you and your pet from unnecessary stress and suffering by identifying and removing health obstacles even before disease occurs. Unfortunately, most veterinarians in the United States are trained to be reactive. They wait for symptoms to occur, and often treat those symptoms without addressing the root cause.

By reading Dr. Becker’s information, you'll learn how to make impactful, consistent lifestyle choices to improve your pet's quality of life.

Entries by Dr. Karen Becker

Wolf's Powers of Observation May Have Aided Dog Domestication

(0) Comments | Posted March 2, 2015 | 10:59 AM

A study published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology suggests that the ability of humans to domesticate dogs may have its origins in the innate social skills of wolves.

Most theories of dog domestication hold that dogs have been selected for enhanced communication and interactions with humans, including...

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How to Cope With a Runaway Dog

(0) Comments | Posted February 26, 2015 | 11:56 AM

If your dog takes any opportunity to dash from your home and head for the hills, there could be a very good reason for it. In an interview with VetStreet, Dr. Sharon Crowell-Davis, a professor at the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Georgia and an expert in...

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Is Your Child Ready for a Pet?

(0) Comments | Posted February 12, 2015 | 5:13 PM

Caring for a pet is a wonderful way to help your child learn what it means to be responsible for a dependent creature.

A pet will also help your youngster develop empathy, compassion and respect for other species.

10 Practical Tips for Selecting Your Child's First Pet

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Why Your Cat May Be More Human Than You Think

(0) Comments | Posted February 5, 2015 | 4:24 PM

It's official. Your cat really IS giving you the cold shoulder.

Not only is Garfield's hearing just fine, so is his ability to understand when you're speaking to him. He just doesn't give a hoot.

Study Shows Pet Cats Recognize, But Ignore, Owners' Voices

Researchers at the University of Tokyo...

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10 Tips to Keep Your Pet Safe in Cold Weather

(0) Comments | Posted January 14, 2015 | 7:03 PM

1. Take your pet for a wellness exam. I recommend twice-yearly veterinary exams for all pets, and especially seniors, so making one of those visits in the fall or early winter is a good way to insure your dog, cat, or other companion is in good shape before the cold...

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Simple Cure for Cat Constipation

(0) Comments | Posted November 15, 2014 | 5:30 PM

The most common cause of constipation in a kitty is inadequate fluid intake. Cats are by nature infrequent and inefficient water drinkers. They depend on their diet for the majority of their water intake, which is how nature intended things to work.

But herein lies the problem. Many cats are...

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Don't Make This Tragic Mistake With Dog Training

(149) Comments | Posted November 15, 2014 | 5:28 PM

This is a sickening story I'd rather not repeat, but there's an important message in it, so I hope you'll bear with me.

The owners of a 1-year-old German Shepherd dog brought their pet into a veterinary clinic for incoordination (loss of muscle coordination) and circling to the left behavior....

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Two Hints You Have an Awesome Relationship With Your Dog

(0) Comments | Posted August 29, 2014 | 11:15 AM

Recent research on the human-animal bond has shown there is genuine chemistry between dogs and their owners. Daily interactions with your favorite furry companion have a measurably positive effect on your biochemistry, thanks to a hormone called oxytocin.

Oxytocin goes by a number of nicknames, including the "hug hormone,"...

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3 Reasons Your Dog's Urine Kills Your Grass -- And What to Do About It

(3) Comments | Posted August 28, 2014 | 12:31 PM

A question veterinarians get asked all the time by pet owners is, "Why does my dog's urine seem to kill my grass?" And "Is there anything I can do about it?" Actually, there is. Your pet's urine pH has a lot to do with whether your grass stays green.

The...

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Water Intoxication in Dogs: Too Much of a Good Thing

(3) Comments | Posted August 6, 2014 | 12:13 PM

Responsible dog owners understand the importance of making sure their canine companion always has fresh, clean water to drink. But what a surprising number of pet owners don't realize is that it's actually possible for a dog to ingest too much water.

Water intoxication, which results in life-threatening hyponatremia (excessively...

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Salmon: The Fresh Raw Food You Should Never Feed to Your Pet

(1) Comments | Posted August 4, 2014 | 4:56 PM

If you live in the Pacific Northwest and your dog goes swimming, boating or fishing with you -- or if you live elsewhere and are in the habit of offering raw fish to your pet -- you should be aware that your dog could be at risk for salmon poisoning.

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Why Laser Toys Can Be Bad News for Your Pet

(0) Comments | Posted June 17, 2014 | 3:05 PM

That tiny, bright-red dot of light your dog loves to chase after could have unintended consequences for his psyche. According to LiveScience:

"The lack of closure in laser-beam chasing could be messing with your dog's head."

Dr. Nicholas Dodman, animal behavior expert and professor at Tufts...

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When Pets Don't Get Enough of the Right Kind of Protein

(1) Comments | Posted June 5, 2014 | 4:31 PM

A heartbreaking case at an animal hospital in North Melbourne, Australia offers another opportunity to warn pet owners about the dangers of feeding biologically-inappropriate diets to cats and dogs.

According to the Herald Sun, this is a clear-cut case of "people 'forcing ideologies' on their pets."

Kitten Fed...

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Turning Your Dog Into Your Workout Partner

(1) Comments | Posted May 22, 2014 | 2:12 PM

Many dog owners know their furry companions need more exercise and playtime than they have the time or energy to provide. Are you among them?

And how awful do you feel as you prepare to head out to the gym or go for a bike ride, while your little buddy...

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Alfalfa: Does It Belong in Pet Food?

(0) Comments | Posted May 21, 2014 | 4:35 PM

Alfalfa is an ingredient in many commercially-available dog and cat foods, and consumers are beginning to ask whether this forage really belongs in their pet's diet.

Before I discuss the suitability of alfalfa for dogs and cats, let's take a quick look at the nature of this plant.

Alfalfa 101

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Orthopedic Disease in Large Breed Puppies

(0) Comments | Posted May 5, 2014 | 10:22 AM

Osteochondrosis is one of several developmental orthopedic diseases that occur in young, fast-growing dogs, especially large and giant breeds like the Doberman Pinscher, the Labrador Retriever, Great Danes and Newfoundlands.

The most common form of osteochondrosis in dogs is called osteochondritis dissecans (OCD), which is a defect in bone development...

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Could This Be Why Your Cat Is Losing Weight?

(0) Comments | Posted April 4, 2014 | 1:36 PM

Exocrine pancreatic insufficiency (EPI), also called pancreatic insufficiency and maldigestion syndrome, is thought to be rare in cats. However, according to dvm360, new research suggests veterinarians should look more closely at EPI as a potential cause of diarrhea and chronic weight loss in kitties.

Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency

The...

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Pomegranate Extract for Canine Heart Disease

(0) Comments | Posted March 31, 2014 | 1:13 PM

Heart disease is the second most common cause of death in dogs. Oxidative stress is known to cause damage to many types of cardiovascular cells and is linked to the onset and progression of various forms of canine heart disease.

Oxidative stress is defined as physiological stress on the body...

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Born to Be Wild: Why Wolves Are and Dogs Aren't

(1) Comments | Posted March 25, 2014 | 1:41 PM

Because dogs and wolves are so genetically similar, humans have made assumptions about the sensory development of young wolves based on what we know about the maturation process of domesticated puppies.

However, researchers have noted some interesting early developmental distinctions between wolf and dog puppies that could explain why adult...

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Cryptococcal Infections

(0) Comments | Posted March 12, 2014 | 4:11 PM

Cryptococcus is a relatively common infection caused by a yeast-like fungus called Cryptococcus neoformans. The fungus is widespread in the environment. Cats, dogs, humans, and other animals can become infected. The condition is much more common in cats than dogs, and is primarily a problem in animals with weak or...

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