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.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Sunday, Dec 23rd, 2018 | By Dr. Marty Becker

From all of us at Almost Heaven Ranch in Northern Idaho-ho-ho, a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! QT Pi Becker and I will be taking a short break from social media and blogging to reconnect with family and catch up on marauder patrols. We look forward to seeing you in the New Year, and […]

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When the holidays are filled with sadness instead of joy, there’s help

Friday, Dec 21st, 2018 | By Dr. Marty Becker

I love this time of year. I love the cold, brilliant snow of North Idaho, I love seeing the dogs and horses nosing and tossing the snow around, I love the Christmas lights, and I love reflecting on the blessings that fill my life. But as someone who suffers from depression, I know that this […]

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What your dog’s nosebleed could mean

Wednesday, Dec 19th, 2018 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Two readers wrote asking about their dogs’ nosebleeds. Here’s what I told them. Q: My dog had a nosebleed today. Should I take her to the vet or just see if it happens again? Q: My dog was sneezing and produced bloody mucus for three weeks. An X-ray and flushing out the nose didn’t produce […]

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Zeus the shelter kitten has had 3 surgeries already, and now he needs a home

Tuesday, Dec 11th, 2018 | By Dr. Marty Becker

There are lots of kittens who had a rough start in life. But Zeus has already had three surgeries and two major infections, and he’s not done yet. But first, he needs a home. And for that, he needs all of us. The rescuers at Texas CARES Cat Rescue reached out to me about a […]

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Watch for these early warning signs of canine cancer

Monday, Dec 10th, 2018 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Catching your dog’s cancer early can make all the difference in treatment and outcome. A reader wanted to know what signs to watch for. Here’s what I told her.  Q: The breed of dog I have is prone to cancer, and it scares me. Are there signs I can watch for to help catch it […]

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