Blog - Dr. Marty Becker


Pets at work add up to lower stress, 100 percent greater job satisfaction

Thursday, Jun 22nd, 2017 | By Dr. Marty Becker

I don’t think I could work without pets at my side. Fortunately, I’m a veterinarian, and when I’m not practicing at North Idaho Animal Hospital, I’m working in my home office surrounded by my pets. I know not everyone’s that lucky, which is why I’m grateful for holidays like Take Your Dog to Work Day, […]

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How to survive your cat’s teenhood

Tuesday, Jun 20th, 2017 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Is your cat 6 to 18 months old? That age range is when kittens morph from cute to cat. Like human teenagers, adolescent cats are ready to display their independence and show the world what they can do — whether that’s making the biggest scratches on the furniture, marking their territory with urine, or (if […]

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Make a difference for the animals now – join us in Lexington on Aug. 4!

Thursday, Jun 15th, 2017 | By Dr. Marty Becker

If you’ll be near Lexington, Kentucky, on August 4, I hope you’ll consider joining us at the First Annual Making a Difference Now Animal Welfare Conference. I’ve been honored to present the luncheon keynote on “The Power of Love,” and will also speak on “Transforming Veterinary Practice, Shelter Medicine, and Animal Services with Fear Free […]

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Low platelet counts are big trouble for dogs

Tuesday, Jun 13th, 2017 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Does your dog have black stool, or bruises or other marks on his skin? This could be a lights and sirens emergency, and definitely requires a fast trip to the vet. Here’s what I told a reader about it. Q: My dog’s stool is black, and I noticed when I was grooming him that his […]

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Bringing hospitalized children the healing power of their own pets

Thursday, Jun 8th, 2017 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Being in the hospital is frightening and stressful for a child. Can you imagine how much easier it would be if their own beloved family pets could come for a visit? If you ever spent any time in a hospital when you were growing up, or your children or grandchildren have, you know even the […]

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