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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.

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Many Cats With Diabetes Can Achieve Remission

(0) Comments | Posted April 20, 2016 | 2:58 PM

If your cat seems to be thirstier than usual, is urinating frequently, is hungry all the time but also losing weight, you should have him checked by your veterinarian for feline diabetes.

Other signs to watch for include urinating outside the litter box, sweet-smelling breath, lethargy, dehydration, poor...

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Should You Let Your Pet Kiss You?

(0) Comments | Posted April 20, 2016 | 2:47 PM

If you're like many pet owners, on some level you thoroughly enjoy your dog's sloppy kiss or your cat's sandpaper smooch. But there's also that little nagging voice in the back of your head reminding you that your pet's tongue could be depositing a virtual germ farm on...

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Why Cats Over the Age of 8 Should Get Regular Eye Exams

(0) Comments | Posted April 14, 2016 | 2:40 PM

High blood pressure in cats is a serious disease that usually occurs secondary to another illness like kidney failure or hyperthyroidism. In fact, over 60 percent of cats with renal failure and 90 percent of hyperthyroid kitties are also hypertensive.

Left untreated, high blood pressure can...

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Cigarette Smoke Can Make Your Pet Sick

(4) Comments | Posted March 29, 2016 | 4:46 PM

Most adults who smoke recognize that second- and third-hand smoke is harmful to other people around them, especially children. But not as many smokers realize their habit can also damage their pet's health.

Animals can develop lung damage and certain kinds of cancer just like humans do when...

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Early Immunization vs. Early Socialization in Puppies

(0) Comments | Posted March 22, 2016 | 9:02 AM

Many puppy owners are understandably confused by conflicting opinions on whether it's best to keep pups isolated from other animals until they are fully immunized, or whether insuring they are properly socialized during the critical developmental stage of 4 to 16 weeks is more important.

Researchers Take a...

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Exercises for the Cat in Your Life

(3) Comments | Posted March 21, 2016 | 5:28 PM

Most pets in the U.S. today are overweight or obese. According to the most recent information from the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP), over half of U.S. dogs are overweight, and almost 60 percent of cats are as well.

Obesity is its own disease, and...

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Study Shows Dogs Get Jealous

(0) Comments | Posted March 8, 2016 | 11:27 AM

As many of us who share our lives with a canine companion or several have long known, dogs suffer from the "green eyed monster" in much the same way we do. And now there's scientific evidence to confirm our suspicions.

Dogs React Jealously When Owners Pay Attention to...

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Study Shows Dogs Follow the Direction of Human Voices

(0) Comments | Posted March 8, 2016 | 10:52 AM

This will come as no surprise to many of you, but according to research even very young dogs tune in to subtle and indirect cues in human voices. For example, puppies are able to follow the direction of a human's voice to find food.

Earlier studies have...

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Itchy Pet? Skip the Shots and Try This Instead

(0) Comments | Posted February 23, 2016 | 8:44 AM

Sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT) is a relatively new variation on allergen-specific immunotherapy (ASIT), more commonly known as allergy shots or allergy injections to treat atopic dermatitis (skin allergies) in dogs, cats, and horses. SLIT is common in Europe and is used to treat respiratory and skin allergies in people....

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The Most Common Cause of Kitty Constipation

(0) Comments | Posted February 8, 2016 | 2:18 PM

Constipation in cats is, sadly, a fairly common problem. A cat is constipated when the stool is too large and/or hard to be passed. If your kitty is straining in her litter box but has nothing much to show for it, or if her poop is dry and...

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To Your Cat, You May Be Just Another Cat

(1) Comments | Posted February 3, 2016 | 12:10 PM

Compared to the behavior of pet dogs, cat behavior seems to present a perpetual puzzle. My guess is that humans will forever try to get inside the heads of their feline companions to learn what lies behind those gorgeous, mysterious eyes. What is she thinking about? What's she...

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How to Slow Down a Cat Who Eats Too Fast

(0) Comments | Posted February 3, 2016 | 10:39 AM

If you're owned by a cat who's a "good eater," meaning he wolfs down every morsel of food he's offered in the blink of an eye, you're probably also dealing with the occasional reappearance of just-eaten food all over your floor. That's because many kitties who gobble up...

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Dogs Get Bitten By the Green-Eyed Monster, Too

(0) Comments | Posted January 25, 2016 | 2:42 PM

Two researchers at the University of California, San Diego conducted a jealousy study with 36 small dogs. The dogs were all under 35 pounds and/or shorter than 15 inches. This was so the researchers could more easily control undesirable behaviors. In the group of 36 were 14 mixed...

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겨울철 반려동물을 안전하고 따뜻하게 해주는 법 8가지

(0) Comments | Posted January 21, 2016 | 4:00 PM

1. 건강 검진을 받게 하라

나는 모든 반려동물을 1년에 두 번 검진 받게 할 것을 권한다. 나이가 많은 동물들은 특히 더 그래야 한다. 본격적으로 추워지기 전인 가을이나 초겨울에 검진을 받아두는 게 가장 좋기는 하다.

2. 동물을 실내에 머물게 해라

고양이는 언제나 실내에 머물게 할 것을 권한다. 날씨가 좋을 때 쓸...

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How to Keep Your Pet Safe and Warm in Cold Weather

(1) Comments | Posted January 18, 2016 | 3:30 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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Did You Know Most Dogs and Cats Over Age 3 Have Dental Disease?

(0) Comments | Posted January 14, 2016 | 5:16 PM

Seventy-five percent of dogs and cats over the age of three have periodontal disease.

That's a lot of dirty mouths.

And more often than not, the cause is pet owners who fail to provide daily oral care.

Periodontal disease is an infection of the tissues surrounding the teeth...

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Does Your Feline Companion Suffer From 'Twitchy Cat' Syndrome?

(0) Comments | Posted December 23, 2015 | 4:13 PM

Felines are unique creatures. Your cat's physiology is distinctive, as are her nutritional requirements. Even the way her body is constructed -- her incredible physical flexibility -- is distinct from most other creatures.

Another thing that is very unusual about cats is their tendency to develop a weird disorder called...

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Kenneling May Be Linked to Mental Illness in Dogs

(21) Comments | Posted December 14, 2015 | 1:45 PM

Many dog owners adamantly refuse to kennel their pet for any reason, feeling that kennels are too confining and the equivalent of sending a dog to prison. And as it turns out, they may be on to something...

A study published in the journal Physiology and Behavior suggests...

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A Possible Cure for Motion Sickness in Cats

(0) Comments | Posted December 14, 2015 | 12:30 PM

As anyone owned by a cat can tell you, very few of our feline friends enjoy a ride in the car. Veterinarians hear complaints all day long from cat-owning clients who dread the drive to and from their appointments.

Not only do kitties despise car rides, many also suffer...

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Why and Where Cats Roam

(2) Comments | Posted December 8, 2015 | 8:56 AM

A team of researchers is determined to find out what housecats are up to while they're outdoors cattin' around. The researchers, from the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and North Carolina State University, have begun an ambitious quest to learn more about the secret life of cats....

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