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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.

How to Stop Your Pet's Bad Habits

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 07.16.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Karen Becker

If you feel you've tried everything, but Fido or Fluffy's bad habits have become the norm, you may be giving the wrong signals and actually encouragin...

4 Ways to Neutralize Feuding Felines

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 07.09.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Karen Becker

Are you sharing your home with kitty combatants? If so, you're not alone. Many multi-cat households face similar issues. Some feline roomies simply do...

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...

Vet's Experiment Proves How Miserable Your Dog Is In A Hot Car

HuffPost Live | Ryan Buxton | Posted 06.10.2015 | HuffPost Live 321

Now that we're officially getting into the dog days of summer, you might be tempted to leave your beloved pet in the car alone while you run into the ...

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.