Blog - Dr. Marty Becker


When your cat starts making those unwanted ‘wake up calls’

Tuesday, Dec 12th, 2017 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Has your started waking you up early and often? That was the problem faced by a reader, and I teamed up with my daughter, trainer Mikkel Becker, to respond. Q: Our 11-year-old male cat has some new behaviors. He used to sleep at the foot of our bed, but now he cuddles, purrs and sleeps […]

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Survey: What would you like to know about your pets?

Friday, Dec 8th, 2017 | By Dr. Marty Becker

I recently surveyed the subscribers to my mailing list about what kind of information they most wanted me to write about. Now I’m working with our Fear Free Happy Homes website to create all kinds of resources to give you the information you actually want… in the form of classes, videos, interactive games, connection with […]

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Can we talk about grains in pet food?

Thursday, Dec 7th, 2017 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Can dogs eat grains? That was the topic of a frustrating conversation I had with a pet owner recently. Dogs, she informed me, can’t digest grains. When I assured her they can, she insisted that they can’t, adding, “Besides, they make them fat.” I started to explain that those two things are mutually exclusive, because […]

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Dogs are saving firefighters

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

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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What does your pet’s poop tell you? Let’s ask the Queen of Poop!

Thursday, Nov 30th, 2017 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Are there secrets to health and happiness locked in your pet’s poop? While I was researching an article on the possible link between anxiety and the bacteria living in our pets’ digestive tracts, I had the opportunity to speak with Dr. Gail Czarnecki-Maulden, who holds a PhD in animal nutrition and is a senior research […]

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