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July 4th Safety Tips for Pet Owners

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 07.02.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Karen Becker

With a little advance planning, you can prevent problems for your pet over the July 4th holiday. It will be much easier for you and your family to relax and enjoy the celebrations if you're not worrying about your pet's health and safety.

Why I Don't Recommend Retractable Leashes

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 06.25.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Karen Becker

A retractable leash is not so much a leash as it is a length of thin cord wound around a spring-loaded device housed inside a plastic handle. The hand...

To Shave or Not to Shave Your Pet

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 06.08.2015 | Green
Dr. Karen Becker

Whether it's a good idea to shave your pet's coat (usually it's a dog we're talking about, but some people also consider shaving their cats) seems to ...

How Much Water Should Your Dog Be Drinking?

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 05.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Karen Becker

Have you ever wondered how much water your dog needs each day? Do you assume he'll drink precisely the amount he needs if you give him free access to ...

Eliminating Cat Urine Stains and Smells

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 05.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Karen Becker

If your cat has suddenly taken to wetting your carpet or another area of your home instead of, or in addition to using his litter box, the first thing...

How to Tell Illness From 'Oldness' in Your Senior Pet

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 06.30.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Karen Becker

It's often difficult for owners of older pets to know whether changes they see in their dog or cat are signs of normal aging, or signs of a more serio...

Does Your Dog Recognize Your Face?

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 05.29.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Karen Becker

Have you ever wondered how your dog knows it's you coming home after a long day at work, or an evening out? How does she know, as you come through the...

Caring for a Long-Haired Cat

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 05.29.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Karen Becker

Many cat lovers are especially drawn to long-haired kitties, because let's face it, they're magnificent to look at! And there are few things softer an...

Wolf's Powers of Observation May Have Aided Dog Domestication

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 05.02.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Karen Becker

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.

How to Cope With a Runaway Dog

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 04.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Karen Becker

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 VetStr...

Is Your Child Ready for a Pet?

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 04.14.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Karen Becker

When you discuss acquiring a pet with your youngster, cover the topic of permanency. Help your child understand pets are not like toys that can be tossed aside or given away if he grows bored with them. Make sure he understands the commitment he is making is for the lifetime of the pet.

Why Your Cat May Be More Human Than You Think

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 04.07.2015 | Green
Dr. Karen Becker

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...

10 Tips to Keep Your Pet Safe in Cold Weather

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 03.16.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Karen Becker

Some pets won't wear items of clothing no matter how chilly they are. But if your pet tolerates it well, a sweater can help keep your dog warm, especially when you take her outdoors.

Genius Award Economist on Fed Leverage, ObamaCare, Obesity and L.A. Traffic

Natalie Pace | Posted 03.07.2015 | Politics
Natalie Pace

Kevin M. Murphy was the first business school professor to be chosen as a MacArthur Genius Award recipient for his work on wage inequality, unemployment, addiction, medical research, and economic growth.

Simple Cure for Cat Constipation

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 01.15.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Karen Becker

The most common cause of constipation in a kitty is inadequate fluid intake. Cats are by nature infrequent and inefficient water drinkers. They depend...

Don't Make This Tragic Mistake With Dog Training

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 01.15.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Karen Becker

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 Ge...

Two Hints You Have an Awesome Relationship With Your Dog

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 10.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Karen Becker

If you need a little boost -- or if your dog seems to -- try engaging him in a long, loving gaze. If he's the shy type, give him your undivided, loving attention for a half hour. You'll both feel healthier and happier for it!

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

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 10.28.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Karen Becker

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 abo...

Water Intoxication in Dogs: Too Much of a Good Thing

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 10.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Karen Becker

Responsible dog owners understand the importance of making sure their canine companion always has fresh, clean water to drink. But what a surprising n...

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

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 10.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Karen Becker

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 offer...

Why Laser Toys Can Be Bad News for Your Pet

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 08.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Karen Becker

Is it a good idea to trigger your dog's prey drive using an object she has no chance of catching? Dr. Dodman believes it's not a good plan, because dogs can get so obsessed with chasing the light that they develop behavior problems.

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

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 08.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Karen Becker

A heartbreaking case at an animal hospital in North Melbourne, Australia offers another opportunity to warn pet owners about the dangers of feeding bi...

Alfalfa: Does It Belong in Pet Food?

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 07.21.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Karen Becker

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

Turning Your Dog Into Your Workout Partner

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 07.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Karen Becker

Your dog can be a great workout partner, even if you're just starting to exercise. Unlike a human companion, your dog will always be ready to get up and go. And since dogs love having a daily routine they can count on, yours will be happy to remind you when it's time to exercise each day.

Orthopedic Disease in Large Breed Puppies

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 07.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Karen Becker

Osteochondrosis is one of several developmental orthopedic diseases that occur in young, fast-growing dogs, especially large and giant breeds like the...