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Dogs Are Sloppier Drinkers Than Cats

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 09.26.2016 | Healthy Living
Dr. Karen Becker

In a quest to discover why canines are such doggone sloppy drinkers, a team led by researchers at MIT (yes, I'm referring to the esteemed Massachusett...

How Fast Is Your Dog Aging?

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 09.26.2016 | Healthy Living
Dr. Karen Becker

All of us who love dogs are acutely aware that the lifespans of our canine companions are short - much too short. And while the years we spend with a ...

8 Things Your Pet Wants You to Know

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 08.29.2016 | Healthy Living
Dr. Karen Becker

1. "I'm sick" or "I'm in pain" Our animal companions can't tell us when they're hurt or feel sick, and many types of pets, such as cats, are wired t...

Pet-Proofing Steps for New Dog Parents

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 08.09.2016 | HuffPost Home
Dr. Karen Becker

Bringing a new pet into the family is an exciting time, but it can also be stressful. There's so much to remember and do to make your new animal compa...

Strategies for Allergic Cat Lovers

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 08.09.2016 | Healthy Living
Dr. Karen Becker

If you're a cat lover who is allergic to cats, or someone else in your family is, the good news is that many people are able to build up a tolerance t...

Feline Pancreatitis

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 08.02.2016 | Healthy Living
Dr. Karen Becker

Feline pancreatitis is inflammation of a cat's pancreas that can disrupt its normal functions and cause other symptoms as well. An inflamed pancreas i...

Your Dog Is Sending You Messages With His Eyes

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 08.17.2016 | Healthy Living
Dr. Karen Becker

According to a Japanese study, your dog is communicating with his canine friends (and foes) using his eyes alone. And in fact, some of his facial feat...

How To Get Your Cat Used To A Carrier

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 07.19.2016 | Healthy Living
Dr. Karen Becker

One of the reasons many cat guardians are so reluctant to take their pet to the vet, or anywhere, is because most kitties fight tooth-and-nail to avoi...

10 Ways To Go Green With Your Pet

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 07.19.2016 | Healthy Living
Dr. Karen Becker

1. Prevent Unplanned Litters Pet overpopulation is a serious problem, which I witnessed firsthand while working at a kill shelter from junior high th...

5 Ways to Slim Down Your Overweight Cat

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 06.28.2016 | Healthy Living
Dr. Karen Becker

1. Feed portion-controlled meals on a consistent schedule. In my experience, most owners of overweight cats serve their pets an all-day buffet. They ...

Studies Show Early-Life Antibiotics Trigger Obesity In Pets

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 06.09.2016 | Healthy Living
Dr. Karen Becker

Most researchers agree that microbiota, much like all the organ systems of the body, is hugely important in terms of its impact on human and animal he...

Introducing A New Pet To A Senior Pet

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 06.09.2016 | Healthy Living
Dr. Karen Becker

Introducing a new pet to a home with a senior animal can be hugely successful, or it can be a decision everyone in the family ends up regretting. When...

8 Remedies for Minor Pet Emergencies

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 06.02.2016 | Healthy Living
Dr. Karen Becker

1. Problem: Nail injury. Dogs and cats can slice up their nails in a variety of ways -- everything from a too-close nail trim that nicks the quick, t...

It's Official: Your Cat Is 95% Tiger

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 05.17.2016 | Healthy Living
Dr. Karen Becker

Attention cat parents and guardians! Whether you share your life with Madame Meow or Admiral Snuggles, your little fluff muffin is a real tiger at h...

What's Your Cat's Tail Telling You?

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 05.11.2016 | Healthy Living
Dr. Karen Becker

Some say cats are inscrutable. While that may be true, here are a few tips to help you interpret signals your kitty's tail can reveal.

Overweight Dogs Have Shortened Lives

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 05.10.2016 | Healthy Living
Dr. Karen Becker

Information was collected from veterinarians on approximately 5,500 pet dogs across 10 popular breeds throughout the U.S., using body condition scores for neutered male and spayed female dogs between 6.5 and 8.5 years of age.

Many Cats With Diabetes Can Achieve Remission

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 04.20.2016 | Healthy Living
Dr. Karen Becker

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.

Should You Let Your Pet Kiss You?

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 04.20.2016 | Healthy Living
Dr. Karen Becker

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...

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

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 04.14.2016 | Healthy Living
Dr. Karen Becker

f a cat's high blood pressure goes unchecked, the most common eventual symptom will be sudden, acute blindness. Blood vessels in the eye will burst, causing the retina to detach, and the kitty will lose part or all of her eyesight.

Cigarette Smoke Can Make Your Pet Sick

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 03.29.2016 | Healthy Living
Dr. Karen Becker

If you suspect your pet is suffering from smoking-related problems of any kind, I encourage you to make an appointment with your veterinarian as soon as possible.

Early Immunization vs. Early Socialization in Puppies

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 03.22.2016 | Healthy Living
Dr. Karen Becker

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.

Exercises for the Cat in Your Life

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 03.21.2016 | Healthy Living
Dr. Karen Becker

Here are my favorite recommendations for getting the overweight feline in your life up and moving.

Study Shows Dogs Get Jealous

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 03.08.2016 | Healthy Living
Dr. Karen Becker

What we do know for certain is that the emotion of jealousy, when acted upon, can have significant psychological and social consequences. The researchers hope future studies will further explore the triggers and internal drivers of jealousy.

Study Shows Dogs Follow the Direction of Human Voices

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 03.08.2016 | Healthy Living
Dr. Karen Becker

According to the researchers, their study is the first to investigate the ability of dogs to use only auditory communication from humans to locate hidden food. The results suggest that dogs are able to use multiple senses to comprehend human communication.

Itchy Pet? Skip the Shots and Try This Instead

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 02.23.2016 | Healthy Living
Dr. Karen Becker

If your dog or cat has been diagnosed with atopic dermatitis -- an allergic skin condition -- I would recommend asking your veterinarian about sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT).