Blog - Dr. Marty Becker


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

Simple, inexpensive things cats love to play with

Thursday, Jan 20th, 2022 | By Dr. Marty Becker

If you want to keep your cats excited by their toys, you can either buy them new toys constantly, or try these much simpler solutions my daughter, trainer Mikkel Becker, suggested to a reader with concerns about the cost of her cats’ toy habit. Q: My two cats love to play with toys, and I’m […]

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Oh no! Does your puppy have a bowel obstruction?

Sunday, Jan 16th, 2022 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Here’s what you need to know about whether or not your pooch’s symptoms indicate their gastrointestinal tract is blocked by something they ate. You know… like socks, dog toys, rubber duckies…. Q: My Lab puppy is vomiting, he doesn’t want to eat and he’s not his usual active self. What could be going on? A: […]

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Help for those who are struggling this holiday season

Monday, Dec 20th, 2021 | By Dr. Marty Becker

For those who, like me, struggle with dark instead of brightness at this time of year, please know that our family’s prayers are with you, and that there are people who want to hear from you and help you. If you are struggling with depression or thoughts of suicide: In the U.S., call the National […]

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Becker’s Fear Free Reading Round-Up: December 2021

Thursday, Dec 16th, 2021 | By Dr. Marty Becker

More great reads this month from Fear Free and Fear Free Happy Homes: “Training” Collars Don’t Work. Here’s What Does Frustrated by your dog’s pulling or other unwanted behaviors on walks? Don’t turn to punishment-based training tools such as choke, prong and electronic collars. Our Fear Free handout shares better, kinder, more effective options. Read […]

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Does your pet need a multi-vitamin? Maybe, maybe not

Friday, Dec 10th, 2021 | By Dr. Marty Becker

We want the best for our pets, so we might want to give them a multi-vitamin “just in case.” Here’s what I told a reader about whether or not that’s a good idea. Q: I want to make sure my pet has the best nutrition. Should I give him a multivitamin? A: If your dog […]

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