Healing Power of Pets Archives - Dr. Marty Becker

Category Archives: Healing Power of Pets

Dogs are saving firefighters

Tuesday, Dec 5th, 2017 | By Dr. Marty Becker

firefighter with labrador retriever

Usually firefighters save dogs. Now the dogs are returning the favor. Because of their frequent exposure to chemicals and toxic fumes, firefighters are at risk for certain types of cancer, including respiratory and urinary cancers. A Canadian organization called Cancer Dogs is hoping to reduce that risk through screenings with dogs trained to detect cancer […]

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People and pets caught in domestic violence: A personal story

Thursday, Oct 12th, 2017 | By Mikkel Becker

It’s a terrible truth that many victims of domestic abuse and violence are kept in danger because their abuser threatens to harm the family pets. This truth is all the more terrible because that’s exactly what happened to Dr. Marty Becker’s daughter, Mikkel Becker. In recognition of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, she shares her […]

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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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How two dogs are helping the homeless get health care

Monday, Jan 9th, 2017 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Could your life use some joyful news right now? Read this story about two dogs making a difference for the homeless from this week’s Pet Connection: Two Labrador retrievers are making life a little brighter for patients battling poverty, homelessness, illness or addiction. Maestro, a yellow Lab, and Rylie, a black Lab, make weekly visits […]

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How one young woman learned to trust her life to the paws of a dog

Monday, Nov 14th, 2016 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Just one month after a dog named Ricki came into Lauren Burke’s life, the young woman nearly died. Thanks to Ricki, she didn’t. Ricki, a 2-year-old yellow Lab, isn’t only a companion. She’s a specially trained diabetic alert dog, trained by Early Alert Canines (EAC). Lauren is a 22 year old living in Oakland, Calif., […]

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