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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.

Don’t ‘Ace’ the Fear: Why acepromazine may make your dog’s fireworks fear worse

Tuesday, Jul 1st, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Is what you’re doing to help your dog with his fireworks and thunderstorm fears making them worse? Fear of fireworks and thunderstorms can ruin a pet’s summer, but sometimes our best efforts to help our pets feel better have the opposite effect. One of the worst offenders is the drug acepromazine, known as Ace. Once […]

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Turn down the volume on pets’ firework fears

Monday, Jun 30th, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

(Updated June 14, 2018) It’s coming up on the Fourth of July, or as one of my team member calls it, “Xanax season.” She’s referring to her dog’s thunderstorm and fireworks fears, which at their worst require a veterinarian-prescribed dose of alprazolam (generic for Xanax). I believe this medication has its place, but it’s not […]

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Help your dog get into the ‘swim’ of summer

Friday, Jun 27th, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

It’s summertime, and that means it’s time to get in the water. And what water-loving dog owner doesn’t throw tennis balls for Jake to fetch from the pool, take him to the beach or have him as first mate while power-boating, sailing, kayaking or stand-up paddleboarding? Those are all great ways to spend time with […]

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Why I’m against breed-specific dog laws

Thursday, Jun 26th, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

As a father and grandfather, I want safe communities for all. As a dog lover and veterinarian, I want dogs to be a part of those safe communities. Both of those are the reasons I oppose dog laws that take the “lazy way out” by targeting dogs based on real or perceived breed rather than […]

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Why do dogs eat grass?

Tuesday, Jun 24th, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Sometimes I think my dogs spend too much time with the horses, they love to graze so much! Why exactly do dogs eat grass? One theory goes that eating and vomiting grass has evolutionary benefits. If the wild canid took a chance and ate something she shouldn’t have, it likely caused a digestive upset, and […]

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