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.

8 tips for picking a great shelter pet

Thursday, Aug 14th, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Shelters are full of great pets — how do you pick the one (or two!) that’s right for you? My Pet Connection co-writer Kim Campbell Thonrton and I are big fans of adopting from animal shelters. We each currently have two dogs acquired from shelters or rescue groups. They are all the absolute best — […]

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CSU vets and the USDA answer your equine vesicular stomatitis questions

Wednesday, Aug 13th, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Horse owners: Has the news about the fast-spreading vesicular stomatitis outbreak among horses in Colorado and Texas got you spooked? Vesicular stomatitis is a highly contagious viral disease that causes painful lesions in the mouths, muzzles, teats, and hooves of horses, pigs, deer, cattle,  goats, sheep, llamas, and other animals. It can also cause flu-like […]

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What NJ forgot in ban on pet tattoos, piercings

Tuesday, Aug 12th, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Most pet lovers would agree that piercing and tattooing are an individual choice for people, but needless and cruel for pets. The state of New Jersey wants to ban those practices for companion animals, but they forgot a crucial exception in their proposed law. Tattoos are widely used to indicate a pet has been spayed […]

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Why I’d like to hug Embrace Pet Insurance

Monday, Aug 11th, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Sometimes I just want to take “Embrace” literally and give the folks at Embrace Pet Insurance a big hug! Not only have they partnered with me on an educational campaign to end “economic euthanasia” of pets, but they’re also stepped up to help homeless pets in a big way! Last week, I wrote about how […]

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How a child star became a veterinarian

Friday, Aug 8th, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Sometimes I think almost everyone once wanted to be a veterinarian. One former child star actually did it. In my decades on “Good Morning America,” I’ve met countless celebrities backstage, many of whom told me not only did they love pets, but they had a childhood dream of becoming a veterinarian. No matter how famous […]

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