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The Most Common Cause of Kitty Constipation

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 02.08.2016 | Healthy Living
Dr. Karen Becker

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 hard, it's likely constipation is to blame.

To Your Cat, You May Be Just Another Cat

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 02.03.2016 | Healthy Living
Dr. Karen Becker

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 about to do? Is she staring at me, or through me? Does she love me, or loathe me?

How to Slow Down a Cat Who Eats Too Fast

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 02.03.2016 | Healthy Living
Dr. Karen Becker

If your cat is a meal gulper who tends to vomit undigested food almost immediately after eating, then a mini-muffin pan, cookie sheet or slow-feed bowl should solve the problem. However, if your kitty continues to vomit after eating, or if she's vomiting routinely at random times during the day, I recommend you make an appointment with your vet. D

Dogs Get Bitten By the Green-Eyed Monster, Too

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 01.25.2016 | 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.

How to Keep Your Pet Safe and Warm in Cold Weather

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 01.18.2016 | Healthy Living
Dr. Karen Becker

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 i...

Did You Know Most Dogs and Cats Over Age 3 Have Dental Disease?

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 01.14.2016 | Healthy Living
Dr. Karen Becker

With the right diet, recreational chew toys and regular home dental care, you may be able to reduce the frequency of professional cleanings for your pet. Dental work can be expensive, and as with any medical procedure, it carries inherent risks.

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

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 12.23.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Karen Becker

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.

Kenneling May Be Linked to Mental Illness in Dogs

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 12.16.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Karen Becker

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 pri...

A Possible Cure for Motion Sickness in Cats

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 12.14.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Karen Becker

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-own...

Why and Where Cats Roam

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 12.08.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Karen Becker

The researchers hope to learn more about whether cats are drawn to one another for activities and friendship, or whether their outdoor meet-ups are mostly coincidental.

Alkaline Battery Poisoning in Dogs

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 12.01.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Karen Becker

Obviously, alkaline batteries are another household hazard pet owners should be aware of. Many tech devices we use every day require batteries, and especially this time of year, small batteries are in plentiful supply in most households. If you share your home with a four-legged family member, please take care to insure your furry companion doesn't have access to alkaline batteries.

Winter Reminder: Antifreeze is Toxic to Pets

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 11.11.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Karen Becker

Estimates that up to 90,000 animals are poisoned each year by antifreeze spills in driveways or garages, or from products left in open containers. An...

Electric Shock Injuries in Pets

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 11.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Karen Becker

Electrical injuries are very dangerous, and when it comes to dogs, are most often seen in youngsters and habitual chewers. As terrifying as it is to ...

4 Common Pet Cancers

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 11.03.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Karen Becker

Many common human cancers are not prevalent in pets, but there are some cancers we do share, including breast (mammary gland) cancer, lymphoma, skin c...

How to Tell the Sex of a Cat

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 10.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Karen Becker

Determining the sex of a cat, even if it's a tiny kitten, is actually easier than many people think. In fact, probably the trickiest thing about this ...

5 Quick Tips for Dealing With a Pet Poisoning Emergency

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 10.13.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Karen Becker

In 2013, the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) processed nearly 180,000 cases of pets potentially exposed to toxic substances. The APCC has c...

How Catnip Affects Your Kitty's Behavior

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 10.07.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Karen Becker

Believe it or not, scientists have yet to discover why catnip drives kitties wild. They've identified the chemical substance in catnip that causes the...

5 Things Your Pet Insurance Policy Should Cover

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 09.30.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Karen Becker

Currently, there are over a dozen companies in the U.S. and Canada offering pet insurance, and if you've tried sorting out the differences between the...

The Scent Your Dog Loves Most

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 09.29.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Karen Becker

Here's a neat new scientific finding for dog lovers - did you know your scent activates the pleasure centers in your pet's brain? According to neuroec...

How to Keep Your House Clean When You're Owned by a Cat

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 09.17.2015 | HuffPost Home
Dr. Karen Becker

If it seems like you're spending all your free time cleaning up after Tiger, don't despair. Here are a few tips and tricks for keeping up with cat clutter than can make the chore much easier and less time-consuming.

Hiking Safety Tips for You and Your Dog

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 09.01.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Karen Becker

Hiking can be a wonderful activity and also great exercise for dog owners and their canine companions. There's nothing like a few hours on the trail i...

Even Indoor Cats Can Be Exposed to Lawn Chemicals

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 08.19.2015 | Green
Dr. Karen Becker

Signs that your cat may have been exposed to toxic lawn chemicals include drooling, tearing of the eyes, excessive urination, abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting, weakness, dizziness, muscle twitching, difficulty breathing, unsteady gait and collapse.

6 Mistakes Dog Owners Make

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 08.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Karen Becker

Raising a good canine citizen doesn't come naturally to every dog guardian, which is one of the reasons so many unlucky pups are relinquished to anima...

Dogs Can Benefit Families With Autistic Children, Study Says

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 08.06.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Karen Becker

Careful research, planning and preparation are needed to select the right pet and bring him safely and successfully into a family with an autistic child. The goal should be to provide not only help for the child, but also a safe, loving forever home for the animal.

July 31st Is National Mutt Day!

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 07.21.2015 | Green
Dr. Karen Becker

Perhaps you want a four-legged workout partner or a snuggler who enjoys long naps on the couch. Whatever your lifestyle, there's a dog out there who will fit right in.