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.

The case against free-feeding your dog

Wednesday, Jul 23rd, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Leaving food down all the time for your dog may be convenient for you, but it’s deadly for him. There is no bikini season for pets, nor stick-thin dog models on DogTV. Dogs are scavengers, and left to their own devices will happily dig their graves with their own food bowls. What can you do […]

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16 interesting tidbits of trivia about all kinds of pets

Tuesday, Jul 22nd, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

I’m insatiably curious about all kinds of things, so when my Pet Connection co-writer Kim Campbell Thornton suggested we tackle pet trivia for our column this week, my only problem was narrowing it down to a number of fun facts that would actually fit in a newspaper! Here are a few: 1. Cats rub on […]

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How to make life with pets better and cheaper!

Monday, Jul 21st, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

I’m making a big change to my free email newsletter, designed to give you more of what you need to know to make life with pets even better! Starting in August, subscribers to my email list will get four monthly mailings. One will be a letter from me, with content you won’t find anywhere else […]

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Is your dog a rock chomper?

Friday, Jul 18th, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

My dog has rocks in her stomach. Do you think they’re in her head too? My beloved rescue dog, Gracie, is a spayed female Lab/Pit mix who was in a shelter from age four months to two and a half years. My “Gracie girl” will eat anything (all kinds of feces, including her own from […]

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Minnesota law protects dogs, cats used in some research from euthanasia

Thursday, Jul 17th, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Scientific and educational facilities operated by, or in collaboration with, Minnesota colleges and universities that receive public money will no longer be allowed to euthanize dogs and cats used in research without offering them to a rescue group first. Although this law was passed in May, I only read about it in the most recent […]

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