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.

Can dogs and cats see color?

Monday, Mar 19th, 2018 | By Dr. Marty Becker

A lot of people say that dogs are color blind. Are they? How about cats? That’s what a reader asked — here’s my answer! Q: Can dogs and cats see color? I always see conflicting answers to this question. What else is different about their vision? A: Part of the reason for conflicting answers is […]

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Video: Friendship between dogs is real

Thursday, Mar 15th, 2018 | By Dr. Marty Becker

I write quite a bit about the power of the bond between people and animals. But there’s another bond: the one between the animals themselves. We’ve lost several beloved pets in the 14 months, and seeing the impact on our other animals has brought that lesson sadly home to us. Quixote lost his best friend […]

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Cat heart condition can cause sudden death

Monday, Mar 12th, 2018 | By Dr. Marty Becker

A heartbroken reader found her young cat dead just moments after he’d seemed perfectly fine. What could have happened? Here’s what I told her. Q: I found my 18-month-old cat dead. I had been playing with him just a few minutes earlier, and as far as I knew he was in good health. My veterinarian […]

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Help a frightened shelter cat today

Thursday, Mar 8th, 2018 | By Dr. Marty Becker

When I look at our beloved cat, Talley, who we adopted last year, all I can think of is how glad we are that she’s escapted the fate of  too many other homeless kittens and cats. Talley’s little life, and the lives of littermates, were saved! Unfortunately, for the less fortunate cats, animal shelters can […]

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The mystery behind this dog’s sudden behavior change

Monday, Mar 5th, 2018 | By Dr. Marty Becker

What would you think if your senior dog suddenly started lying across your bedroom door every night — something he has literally never done before? Here’s what I told a reader whose dog is doing exactly that. Q: My dog never goes anywhere but the living room and kitchen. He’s a senior and has arthritis […]

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