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.

Michigan Pet Fund helps shelter pets get veterinary care

Friday, Feb 13th, 2015 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Sam Adams — the puppy, not the patriot — had a broken leg when he was left at a Michigan shelter. Fortunately, he benefited from a special fund that helps rescue groups save at-risk dogs and cats: Samuel Adams is about 5 months old and all puppy!  He had a rough start being left at an […]

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3 things you need to know about indoor pets during the cold months

Tuesday, Feb 10th, 2015 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Does winter weather pose risks to indoor pets as well as outdoor? You bet! I bet I’ve been interviewed for or written 50+ articles on cold weather hazards for outdoor pets. I’m not downplaying the risks of frostbite, frozen water, irritated paws from salt or ice melter, or cats who lounge on a warm car […]

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How to give pills to the world’s most suspicious dogs

Monday, Feb 9th, 2015 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Is your dog the equivalent of a champion bomb sniffing dog when it comes to sniffing out pills hidden in pill pockets, cheese, peanut butter, hot dogs, or other treats? I have one of those dogs, our 16-pound “canine cocktail” Quixote. Here are some of the tricks this veterinarian has used to outsmart this super-suspicious, […]

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When you can’t look in your pet’s mouth

Thursday, Feb 5th, 2015 | By Dr. Marty Becker

What does it mean when your pet doesn’t want you to look in his mouth? And what should you do about it? My Pet Connection writing partner, Kim Thornton, had this serious problem with her dog Keeper recently: Keeper did not want me to even lift his lip to look at his teeth, and his […]

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Helping the dogs of the lonely hearts club

Wednesday, Feb 4th, 2015 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Does your dog grieve or freak out when you leave him alone? It would be great if our dogs could go everywhere with us, but the reality is we all have a million things that demand our attention in places they can’t go.  For dogs who have separation anxiety, this can mean the lonely pup […]

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