Blog - Dr. Marty Becker


The search for the perfect dog chew toy

Tuesday, Feb 21st, 2017 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Dogs love to chew — and it’s good for them, too. But not all canine chew objects are created equal, and not all of them are safe. Here’s what I told a reader who wrote asking about cow hoof chews. Q: Are cow hooves safe for dogs to chew on? My dogs love them and […]

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AVMA joins animal welfare organizations in asking animal welfare inspection reports be returned to USDA website

Thursday, Feb 16th, 2017 | By Dr. Marty Becker

In this guest post, my writing partner Kim Campbell Thornton looks at the response from the AVMA and animal organizations to the removal of puppy mill and other animal welfare-related inspection reports from the USDA website. The American Veterinary Medical Association is concerned after the U. S. Department of Agriculture removed from its website inspection […]

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In honor and loving memory of Quin’C

Wednesday, Feb 15th, 2017 | By Dr. Marty Becker

One look. I knew. It was time. Time for Quin’C to be in a better place. No. The best place: Heaven. I truly believe all dogs go to heaven. There are things we’ll never know about Quin’C. No sounds, I bet not even an artillery blast, would faze him. He was the shadow of whoever […]

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Imagine having an eyelash in your eye all the time. Here’s what to do if that happens to your pet

Thursday, Feb 9th, 2017 | By Dr. Marty Becker

We humans have all had a stray eyelash get onto our eyeball, and we moan and groan like there’s a rosebush rubbing on our cornea. It’s uncomfortable. It hurts. I know, because I’m a big baby about it. I take action immediately and won’t stop until the tiny hair is out. There’s a condition is […]

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What you need to know about your parrot’s diarrhea

Tuesday, Feb 7th, 2017 | By Dr. Marty Becker

What should a parrot’s poop look like? And what do you do if it flunks the test? Here’s what I told a reader. Q: My bird’s poop looks more liquid than normal. Do birds get diarrhea? What should I do? A: Good question! If your parrot eats seeds, his normal fecal droppings probably are dark-colored […]

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