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Karen Becker

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).

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 ...