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Karen Becker, DVM

Karen Becker, DVM
Dr. Karen Becker is a proactive and integrative wellness veterinarian, educator, speaker, and author. A passionate animal advocate, she began volunteering at her local shelter at age 13, and today helps thousands of patients achieve wellness. She writes for Havanese World courtesy of Mercola Healthy Pets. Dr. Becker produces a line of 100% human grade meat pet treats, Dr. Becker's Bites. She is available for limited, private consultations. Her award winning cookbook Dr. Becker's Real Food for Healthy Dogs and Cats: Simple Homemade Food is available on Amazon.

How To Care For Havanese Hot Spots

Hot spots are also known as pyotraumatic dermatitis or superficial pyoderma. Those tongue-twisters are just scientific labels for inflamed, infected skin. How Hot Spots Develop Hot spots are created when your dog’s natural bacteria overpopulates parts of his skin. When an infection arises from a dog’s own bacteria, there is almost always a root cause. Hot spots often occur in …

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Use Coconut Oil For Improved Digestion And A Lustrous Coat

Learn about the benefits of giving coconut oil to your Havanese.

Dr. Karen Becker discusses the importance of coconut oil in your Havanese’s diet. Coconut oil aids digestion. If you have a dog with a sensitive tummy, a natural probiotic combined with coconut oil may help by soothing your dog’s digestive system while increasing nutrient absorption. Coconut oil provides an energy boost and helps dogs lose weight. Extra weight compromises a …

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Havanese Named Best Dog for Apartments

The Havanese is the best dog for apartment dwellers and the favorite of landlords.

Today as increasing numbers of apartments and condominiums bill themselves as “dog friendly”, it can be truly said that the Havanese breed is “landlord friendly”. The AKC (American Kennel Club) recently named the Havanese to its list of best breeds for apartment or condo dwellers. And while stalwart breeds like the French Bulldog, Pug, and Shih Tzu are certainly deserving …

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Dr. Karen Becker On Raw Food Diets

Dr. Karen Becker discusses raw diets on Havanese World.

Holistic veterinarian Dr. Karen Becker discusses the myths and truths about feeding your pet a species-appropriate raw food diet. Includes a foundation about basic nutrition for domesticated pet carnivores, sources of antioxidants, fiber, trace minerals, and fatty acids, moisture-density, the financial bias of the veterinarian industry, and why prey model diets sometimes get a bad rap. See raw diets available via Amazon.  …

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Havanese Foods Ranked From Best to Worst

Food for Havanese dogs ranked best to worst on Havanese World.

In this article Dr. Karen Becker discusses her best-to-worst recommendations for diets for dogs explains how to improve the quality of the food you feed your own Havanese. Dr. Becker’s Comments: A subject readers here at Havanese World and clients at my animal clinic are very interested in is the kind of food they should be feeding their dog or …

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The Truth About Spaying And Neutering

Dr. Karen Becker writes for Havanese World courtesy of Mercola Happy Pets.

Once an ardent advocate of spaying or neutering every dog early in life, after being in private practice for a few years, Dr. Karen Becker noticed many of her canine patients were developing endocrine-related disorders. After a conversation with an expert in the field of veterinary endocrinology, Dr. Becker realized her practice of insisting on early spays or neuters for …

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New Evidence Shows Link Between Spaying, Neutering and Cancer

A recent study raises even more questions about traditional spay/neuter practices for U.S. dogs.

By Dr. Karen Becker A recent study raises even more questions about traditional spay/neuter practices for U.S. dogs. The study, titled “Evaluation of the risk and age of onset of cancer and behavioral disorders in gonadectomized Vizslas,”1 was conducted by a team of researchers with support from the Vizsla Club of America Welfare Foundation. It was published in the February …

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The Best Pet Foods You Can Buy Your Havanese

Havanese World article on best dog food ingredients.

In this video, Dr. Karen Becker visits the Bad Dog Frida pet boutique in Madison, Wisconsin and gives a guided tour of several high quality commercially available pet foods suitable for Havanese dogs. Dr. Becker’s Comments: Ever since I did 13 Pet Foods – Ranked From Great to Disastrous, many of you have been asking me to compile a detailed …

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Modified Spay Procedure That Preserves the Ovaries

Havanese World article on spay and neuter.

Traditionally, veterinary schools have taught only one technique to sterilize pets, which is what we know as spaying or neutering. The procedure involves the complete removal of the ovaries and uterus in female dogs, and the testes in males. For females, early spaying (spaying at a young age) was thought to eliminate the risk of pyometra (a disease of the …

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