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.

5 tips to prepare your cat or dog for a new baby

Thursday, Jul 2nd, 2020 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Some people think we’ll see a lot of “quarantine babies,” conceived during the COVID pandemic when most people were stuck at home. True or not, it’s a good idea for all prospective parents or grandparents to get their pets ready for the new arrival. Here are my five top tips for success. 1. You really […]

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What to do (and not to do) about your dog’s problem barking

Monday, Jun 29th, 2020 | By Dr. Marty Becker

A reader asked about her dog’s problem barking, and how her husband was making the problem worse. Since I’m better at talking the talk than walking the walk on barking, my daughter, trainer Mikkel Becker, tackled this one. Here’s her barking great advice! Q: One of our dogs always barks and growls when he sees […]

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Proud father alert: Training livestreams with Mikkel Becker

Friday, Jun 26th, 2020 | By Dr. Marty Becker

My daughter is a phenomenal trainer. Her credentials intimidate even me: Mikkel Becker KPA CTP, CPDT-KA, CDBC, CBCC-KA, CTCr, Fear Free Certified. If you missed her two most recent livestreams, I’ve captured them here. The first is her guest appearance on DOGTV, discussing sensory enrichment for dogs: The next was her Fear Free Friday guest […]

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How to give pills to your cat the Fear Free way

Monday, Jun 22nd, 2020 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Few things give cat owners nightmares like the thought of giving their cat a pill. Here’s what my daughter, trainer Mikkel Becker, and I had for a reader facing that challenge. Q: Argh! I have to give my cat a pill every day. Do you have any tips on how to get it down her? […]

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When your spayed dog leaks urine

Friday, Jun 19th, 2020 | By Dr. Marty Becker

As a veterinarian, I hear fairly often that a spayed female dog is leaking urine, usually in her sleep. This can be a sign of a urinary tract infection or another health condition, so your first step should be to rule those out. But it’s likely this is what’s known as spay or estrogen-responsive urinary […]

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