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Two Hints You Have an Awesome Relationship With Your Dog

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 08.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Karen Becker

If you need a little boost -- or if your dog seems to -- try engaging him in a long, loving gaze. If he's the shy type, give him your undivided, loving attention for a half hour. You'll both feel healthier and happier for it!

3 Reasons Your Dog's Urine Kills Your Grass -- And What to Do About It

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 08.28.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Karen Becker

A question veterinarians get asked all the time by pet owners is, "Why does my dog's urine seem to kill my grass?" And "Is there anything I can do abo...

Water Intoxication in Dogs: Too Much of a Good Thing

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 08.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Karen Becker

Responsible dog owners understand the importance of making sure their canine companion always has fresh, clean water to drink. But what a surprising n...

Salmon: The Fresh Raw Food You Should Never Feed to Your Pet

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 08.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Karen Becker

If you live in the Pacific Northwest and your dog goes swimming, boating or fishing with you -- or if you live elsewhere and are in the habit of offer...

Why Laser Toys Can Be Bad News for Your Pet

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 08.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Karen Becker

Is it a good idea to trigger your dog's prey drive using an object she has no chance of catching? Dr. Dodman believes it's not a good plan, because dogs can get so obsessed with chasing the light that they develop behavior problems.

When Pets Don't Get Enough of the Right Kind of Protein

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 08.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Karen Becker

A heartbreaking case at an animal hospital in North Melbourne, Australia offers another opportunity to warn pet owners about the dangers of feeding bi...

Alfalfa: Does It Belong in Pet Food?

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 07.21.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Karen Becker

Alfalfa is an ingredient in many commercially-available dog and cat foods, and consumers are beginning to ask whether this forage really belongs in th...

Turning Your Dog Into Your Workout Partner

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 07.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Karen Becker

Your dog can be a great workout partner, even if you're just starting to exercise. Unlike a human companion, your dog will always be ready to get up and go. And since dogs love having a daily routine they can count on, yours will be happy to remind you when it's time to exercise each day.

Orthopedic Disease in Large Breed Puppies

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 07.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Karen Becker

Osteochondrosis is one of several developmental orthopedic diseases that occur in young, fast-growing dogs, especially large and giant breeds like the...

Could This Be Why Your Cat Is Losing Weight?

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 06.04.2014 | 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 05.31.2014 | 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 05.25.2014 | 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 05.17.2014 | 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 05.12.2014 | 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 05.12.2014 | 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 04.29.2014 | 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 04.28.2014 | 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...