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Anemia: Know the Symptoms of This Potentially Life-Threatening Condition

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 03.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Karen Becker

Rarely is anemia related to iron deficiency in pets, as it is in many women. Iron supplementation should be avoided, unless your pet is one of the very rare cases where actual iron deficiency is present.

Fascinating Insight Into Why Dogs Find Some Toys Boring

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 02.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Karen Becker

If you need to leave your dog alone, he'll be happiest with treat-release puzzle toys, toys that can be chewed, make noise, or are edible (like a dental bone). If your dog tends to chew up and swallow anything he can put in his mouth, I don't recommend leaving him with a toy or bone unsupervised.

Hands-On Care for a Dying Pet

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 02.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Karen Becker

In past articles, I've written about both medical massage and end-of-life care for dying pets and their families. Today I'd like to discuss the benef...

K9 Nose Work: Channeling Your Dog's Natural Instincts Into a Fun Activity

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 02.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Karen Becker

Your dog is quite literally "led around by the nose" -- her own nose, that is. As every dog owner is aware, canines have incredibly sensitive snouts....

Excessive Grooming in Cats

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 02.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Karen Becker

Cats need their daily routine to be very predictable and consistent. Some kitties, when they feel stressed by a change in their environment, will start performing a behavior like grooming themselves. This is an example of a displacement behavior.

The Myth of the Alpha Dog

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 11.08.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Karen Becker

Dogs who do display dominant tendencies have in the past been diagnosed with "dominance aggression." But given our improved understanding of canine nature, that behavior problem is now more often referred to as "impulse control aggression" or "conflict aggression."

Smelly Dog?

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Karen Becker

Dogs don't smell like freshly-showered people -- they're not supposed to! They have their own smell, which varies from dog to dog, but it's not unplea...

Is Your Pooch Prone to Scooting?

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Karen Becker

If your pup is doing the dreaded scoot across the grass or your favorite Oriental rug, take heed. Chances are she's trying to solve a problem with one...

Treadmill Training for the Canine in Your Life

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 12.18.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Karen Becker

Since it's not always practical to exercise your dog outside due to weather or time constraints, a treadmill can be a great tool to get your pup active and maintain or improve his weight and physical condition.

The Essential Nutrient Your Pet Bird Could Be Lacking

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Karen Becker

Except for bird owners who live in warm, sunny climates and can have their pets outside for several hours a day, most of us need to provide indoor UV lighting to ensure our birds get the exposure they need for good health.

12 Surprising Facts About Pet Rats

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Karen Becker

Contrary to what many people believe, pet rats are not the dirty, disease-infested creatures of folklore. Domestic rats are affectionate, clean, sensitive and easy to train.

Please... Don't Get a Dog!

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Karen Becker

The average dog is in many ways like a child in the toddler stage. If you're familiar with the time, attention and energy a child between the ages of 12 and 30 months requires, that's about what you should expect to provide for your dog, for all the years of his life.

Dogs and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 11.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Karen Becker

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in animals is not a formally recognized condition in veterinary medicine, but many animal behavior experts believe it exists and is even fairly common.

Some Dogs Think Better After Breakfast

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 11.18.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Karen Becker

Given the huge disparity between what nature intended canines to eat and what most pet food manufacturers provide, it's clear why pet dogs on commercial diets may perform better mentally after a morning carbohydrate "fix."

How Attached Are You to Your Pet?

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 11.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Karen Becker

As adults, we lean on supportive friends, a spouse, and sometimes siblings to provide support and reassurance. Based on their results, study author Sigal Zilcha-Mano and his colleagues believe pets can serve the same function.

Is Your Cat a Monster at Mealtime?

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 10.10.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Karen Becker

If your kitty turns into a furry little demon at mealtime, it might be more than simple hunger or his bossy nature. Researchers at the Università d...

Recommendations for Avoiding Toxic Pet Treats

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 09.22.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Karen Becker

A high-quality pet treat will not contain grains or unnecessary fillers, rendered animal by products, added sugar (sometimes hidden in ingredients like molasses and honey), chemicals, artificial preservatives, or ingredients known to be highly allergenic to pets.

When Vomit Isn't Vomit

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 08.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Karen Becker

Today I want to discuss the difference between vomiting and regurgitating.

How to Recognize Reverse Sneezing in Your Pet

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 08.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Karen Becker

If your pet is experiencing prolonged episodes of reverse sneezing, bloody or yellow discharge from the nose, or any other accompanying respiratory problems, it's time to make an appointment with your veterinarian.

Researchers Shocked by Mushroom Study Results

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 08.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Karen Becker

In a study conducted at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, dogs with hemangiosarcoma -- an aggressive, malignant cancer that develops in the cells of blood vessels -- were given a compound derived from a type of mushroom, Coriolus versicolor.

If We Cannot Teach, You Can Keep Your Online Revolution

Robert E. Johnson | Posted 06.12.2013 | College
Robert E. Johnson

Yes, colleges must explore the power of online learning, but it is not enough to build Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) and declare victory.

You Can't Hurry Love: Nurturing Emotionally-Wounded Dogs

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 03.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Karen Becker

With time, patience, and the right tools and resources, every dog will eventually settle in. And there are few things as gratifying as knowing you are providing a bright future to a dog with a dark past.

Caring for a Dog With a 'Pushed-In' Face

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 02.04.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Karen Becker

"Brachy" is a Greek word meaning short, and "cephalic" means head. These animals are short-headed, short-muzzled breeds. Due to this altered facial construction, all these pets have what is called brachycephalic respiratory syndrome to varying degrees.

Engineering the Student Experience

Robert E. Johnson | Posted 01.13.2013 | College
Robert E. Johnson

For students, the real-world institutional experience -- the socialization, the sheer human contact with peers, faculty, and the institution at large -- can be one of the richest and most rewarding aspects of the college years.

Is Your Cat the Boss of You?

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 09.22.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Karen Becker

Both these social arrangements seem to point to the existence of higher-status cats in multi-cat environments. If this is the case, it's conceivable the owner of a "boss cat" could be -- in the eyes of the cat -- another employee in his organization.