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Karen Becker

Mysterious Feline Behaviors Explained

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 02.08.2017 | Home
Dr. Karen Becker

Cats are mysterious, often independent creatures, but that doesn't mean they don't interact with their owners. On the contrary, cats use multiple meth...

Common Questions About the Way Dogs Sleep

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 02.08.2017 | Home
Dr. Karen Becker

It's more of the rule, not the exception, to wonder about your dog's quirks. And, yes, they all have them ... although they may vary widely from one p...

8 Dog Park Safety Tips

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 01.10.2017 | Home
Dr. Karen Becker

1. Pick the right dog park for you and your pet. Ideally, an off-leash park should have: o A double-gate entry, secure fencing, and posted rules of...

10 Reasons Raccoons Make Terrible Pets

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 01.10.2017 | Home
Dr. Karen Becker

Because they are so cute and precocious, many people wonder if raccoons make good pets. My answer is always, in a word, "No." Raccoons are wild anima...

The Difference Between House Cats and Wild Cats

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 12.05.2016 | Home
Dr. Karen Becker

Humans have been hanging out with cat companions for nearly 10,000 years, but despite all the quality time we've spent with them, we still know very l...

Natural Arthritis Remedies For Dogs

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 12.19.2016 | Home
Dr. Karen Becker

According to Professor Eric Troncy of the University of Montreal's Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, arthritis pain in dogs can be alleviated, with no s...

Laundry Detergent Pods Are Toxic to Pets

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 11.15.2016 | Home
Dr. Karen Becker

An item that doesn't often show up on lists of household products toxic to pets is laundry detergent. But it should, because most detergents and soaps...

The Doubting Dog

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 11.15.2016 | Home
Dr. Karen Becker

Most people tend to think dogs are just naturally happy creatures, always ready for a good time. But an Australian study suggests that some dogs are a...

What Your Dog Craves Most from You

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 11.09.2016 | Home
Dr. Karen Becker

For all you dog lovers out there, this news will come as absolutely no surprise: your canine companion loves to be petted! He even loves it more than ...

The Litter Most Cats Would Choose If They Could

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 11.09.2016 | Home
Dr. Karen Becker

These days, many people owned by cats suffer from kitty litter confusion, and it's no wonder. The number of cat litters on the market is mind-boggling...

One Good Reason to Stop Your Pet from Licking You

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 10.26.2016 | Home
Dr. Karen Becker

Many pets enjoy licking lotions and other types of topical products off their human's skin. In fact, one of my dogs tends to wait by the bathroom door...

Cats and Kitchen Counters

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 10.26.2016 | Home
Dr. Karen Becker

According to one survey in which more than 1,000 veterinary professionals and 167 cat owners were asked if cats should be allowed to freely roam the k...

Dogs Are Sloppier Drinkers Than Cats

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 09.26.2016 | Home
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 | Home
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 | Home
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 | 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 | Home
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 | Home
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 | Home
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 | Home
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 | Home
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 | Home
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 | Home
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 | Home
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 | Home
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...