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Could This Be Why Your Cat Is Losing Weight?

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 04.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Karen Becker

Exocrine pancreatic insufficiency (EPI), also called pancreatic insufficiency and maldigestion syndrome, is thought to be rare in cats. However, accor...

Pomegranate Extract for Canine Heart Disease

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 03.31.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Karen Becker

Heart disease is the second most common cause of death in dogs. Oxidative stress is known to cause damage to many types of cardiovascular cells and is...

Born to Be Wild: Why Wolves Are and Dogs Aren't

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 03.25.2014 | Green
Dr. Karen Becker

Because dogs and wolves are so genetically similar, humans have made assumptions about the sensory development of young wolves based on what we know a...

3 Top-Rated, Feel-Good Dog Training Tips!

Sarah Hodgson | Posted 03.19.2014 | Green
Sarah Hodgson

I have four dogs, and although I'm a dog trainer with some acclaim, I've never considered asking one of them to wait to eat. It seems treason enough that they have to eat the same molded little kibbles day in and day out.

Cryptococcal Infections

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 03.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Karen Becker

Cryptococcus is a relatively common infection caused by a yeast-like fungus called Cryptococcus neoformans. The fungus is widespread in the environmen...

Omega-3 Supplement Helps Relieve Arthritis Symptoms in Cats

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 03.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Karen Becker

A study conducted last year in the Netherlands suggests that cats with naturally-occurring osteoarthritis show symptom improvement when their diets ar...

Are Your Pet's Toys Toxic?

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 02.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Karen Becker

According to a recent study, certain types of toys can be toxic to your pet. Philip Smith, co-author of the study and an associate professor at Texas...

If Your Cat Is Fat, Try a High-Moisture Diet

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 02.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Karen Becker

A growing number of veterinarians are recommending what they call the "Catkins" diet for kitties who need to lose weight. "Catkins" is an amusing refe...

Does Your Cat Have Hairball Issues?

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

While hairballs in housecats are very common, you may be surprised to learn they aren't a normal part of a feline's digestive process. Your cat's digestive tract is built to handle a certain amount of fur -- both the fur she pulls off herself during grooming, as well as the hair attached to prey in the wild.

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...