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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 dirtiest pet owner task of all: Don’t just ‘doo’ it!

Monday, Jun 9th, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

I once had a high-income  producer at a major television network call me up and say she’d just watched a YouTube video on how to clean her Chihuahua’s anal glands on her own, and what did I think? I almost laughed, but restrained myself and told her, “If you stick your finger up your dog’s […]

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Are your pets prepared for fire season?

Friday, Jun 6th, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Melissa Duffy was driving away from her home in Carlsbad, Calif., when she glanced in the rearview mirror and saw that the horizon was black with smoke. It was the Poinsettia fire, one of 11 fires raging in San Diego County just two weeks ago. She went back, loaded up her three dogs and went […]

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How to evaluate pet information on the web

Thursday, Jun 5th, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

When you think something’s wrong with your dog or cat, the first thing you do is Google the symptoms. Am I right? I bet I am. Studies show that three out of four people go to the Internet before calling their veterinarians or taking their pets to the clinic. I understand. If you’re worried about […]

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Rescue groups win free pet food!

Wednesday, Jun 4th, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Two deserving animal rescue organizations will receive a pallet each of pet food from the new Innova Nature’s Table line! The lucky winners, who were chosen randomly from organizations nominated by their supporters on my Facebook page, are: The Goathouse Cat Refuge The Goathouse Cat Refuge is a “no-kill animal sanctuary dedicated to providing cage-free […]

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Why I’m ignoring some of my patients

Monday, Jun 2nd, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

If your veterinarian wants to examine your pet, he might want to start out ignoring him. That’s a lesson I used last week at North Idaho Animal Hospital, when Chulo the Chihuahua walked into the exam room. Chulo is a 4-year-old neutered male who had been so traumatized at the vet that he would growl, […]

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