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From pet health tips to ideas on fighting boredom and loneliness in pets, you can learn how to make your pets' lives better here.

Favorite apps and devices for pets ands pet lovers

Tuesday, Oct 16th, 2018 | By Dr. Marty Becker

A reader wanted to know what apps and devices I like for pets and pet owners. I pulled in my daughter, trainer Mikkel Becker, and here’s what we came up with! Q: Do you have any favorite apps or tech toys for training, playing with or protecting dogs and cats? A: Do we ever! There […]

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Update on Lazaruff, the dog who lived

Thursday, Oct 11th, 2018 | By Dr. Marty Becker

I can’t remember a time I’ve been asked more repeatedly and persistently for an update on anything as I have been about Lazaruff. He’s the dog Teresa and I met while I was volunteering at the opening of a new clinic attached to the St. Landry Parish animal shelter in Louisiana, at an event spearheaded […]

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How to boost the odds a new cat will like being walked on a leash

Monday, Oct 8th, 2018 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Cats on leashes? Yes, it’s a thing, although not all cats or cat owners are on board. This reader wanted to increase the chances a new cat would take to it, so I asked my daughter, trainer Mikkel Becker, to join me in some recommendations. Q: I want a cat who will enjoy walking on […]

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Why I want to get rid of veterinary hospital waiting rooms

Thursday, Oct 4th, 2018 | By Dr. Marty Becker

In my almost 40-year-career, I’ve owned all or part of seven veterinary practices. Some were free-standing buildings and others were in shopping centers, but they were basically all of the same design. From front to back, reception counter, waiting area, exam rooms, pharmacy/treatment, surgery, radiology, offices, and kennels. It’s the same template for probably 99 […]

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A kiss no dog wants

Monday, Oct 1st, 2018 | By Dr. Marty Becker

As if we didn’t have enough to worry about with our dogs — heartworms, ticks, fleas — now they are at risk from “kissing bugs.” The blood-sucking insects, found primarily in the southern United States and into Mexico, Central America and South America, seek out animals on which they can feed, including dogs, birds, reptiles […]

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