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.

Love your pets? Check their chips today!

Friday, Aug 15th, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Happy Check the Chip Day! I’m talking about pet identification microchipping, the most important step you can take to ensure your pet gets home to you if he ever goes missing. Some of you may be old enough to remember pay phones. A few of you may, like me, be old enough to remember when […]

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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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