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.

What you think you know about pet insurance is probably wrong

Tuesday, Sep 9th, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Are you risking unexpected veterinary expenses because of misconceptions about how pet insurance works? When I partnered with Embrace Pet Insurance in an educational campaign to end economic euthanasia, I heard from a lot of pet owners and veterinary colleagues about their problems with pet insurance, most of which were based on outdated or incorrect […]

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‘Pawspice’ care for pets at the end of life

Monday, Sep 8th, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

We are so fortunate that our dogs and cats are living longer than ever before and have access to the highest levels of veterinary care. At some point, though, just as with people, nothing more can be done. That doesn’t always mean that euthanasia must be the next step. More and more, people are turning […]

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FDA: Stop marketing unapproved tear stain products for cats and dogs

Saturday, Aug 30th, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

The FDA issued a stern warning to the manufacturers of certain tear stain removers, saying that the products contain a drug not approved for cats and dogs. From their announcement: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is issuing warning letters today to companies manufacturing unapproved animal drugs to remove tear stains in dogs and cats. […]

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Are avocados toxic for pets?

Thursday, Aug 28th, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Are avocados toxic to pets? It depends. A reader wrote saying she hears all the time that avocados are bad for dogs, but her boyfriend’s dog eats them all the time and looks and feels great. My Pet Connection co-writer and I had heard avocados are toxic for pets, too, so as we started investigating […]

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Pedigree dog food recalled

Wednesday, Aug 27th, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

The FDA just issued a notice that Mars Petcare US has recalled its Pedigree Adult Complete Nutrition dry dog food because the bags may contain metal fragments. The company has closed down the facility production line while it investigates and fixes the situation. From the release: Affected bags, which were sold between August 18 and […]

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