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Articles written by Dr. Karen Becker

Allergies in Pets

You don’t have to be Dr. Dolittle to understand when your pet is telling you he doesn’t feel well. The signs and symptoms speak louder than words!

Pets can have the same symptoms as humans when they aren’t feeling well; sneezing and coughing are the first signs that there might be something abnormal happening in your pet’s health. Other tell-tell signs are licking or chewing on their feet, swollen paws, inflamed ears and of course, the least favorite, irregular bowels. Continue reading article...

 


Pet Vaccinations

When you first become a pet owner, the adoption agency, the breeder or the retail store where you made your selection will usually give you a vaccination schedule; you naturally assume that this is what you need to do to keep your pet safe and healthy. But is it?

Some of the common vaccinations can actually be doing your pet more harm than good. In the wide world of vaccinations, in general, we over vaccinate; our children, our pets and ourselves.Continue reading article...

 


Pets and Fats

Fat has always gotten a bad rap; it’s taken quite a bit of research and clinical trials to convince society that there are good fats, and there are bad fats. But the simple mention of fat still has people suspicious.

The same is true in the animal world. Pet owners have had the opinion that fat is fat is fat. Would it surprise you to hear that not all dietary fats cause your animal to become overweight? Similar to humans, animals need “good” fats, like omega-3, for all the same reasons that humans need them. Continue reading article...

 


Problematic Aggression in Pets

Most normal puppy mouthiness just goes away on its own, regardless of how much or how little puppy parents do to stop it, once puppies acquire their adult teeth. Instead of punishment, the use of positive distraction and the encouragement of a cceptable behavior are far better approaches, yielding much better results. When puppies play with each other, they use their mouths, so they tend to do the same thing when they interact with people. It is often a challenge to convince a new enthusiastic puppy not to bite the hand that feeds him, pets him, and plays with him. Nipping and mouthing is very common and very normal puppy behavior.Continue reading article...

 

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