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.

Is it time to re-think warnings against holiday pet adoption?

Wednesday, Dec 17th, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

I adopted a dog four Christmas Eves ago. It was my beloved Gracie, who I met while handing out toys and treats at the local shelter. I took one look at her sweet little face, felt her burrow into my lap, and it was all over. She was home. If I’d listened to the many […]

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Are deer antlers safe for dogs to chew on?

Monday, Dec 15th, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Dogs will chew on pretty much anything – but that doesn’t mean it’s safe to let them! One of my readers asked if a deer antler chew was a good choice for her dog: Q: One of my friends gave my Cavapoo an antler chew. It seems kind of hard. Is it safe for him to […]

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What the heck is a ‘reverse sneeze’ and why do dogs do it?

Friday, Dec 12th, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

It’s one of the greatest of all dog owner mysteries: What the heck is a “reverse sneeze”? Veterinarians know it as the “pharyngeal gag reflex,” and while it can sound like your dog is about to keel over dead, in almost all cases, it’s harmless and requires no treatment (although you might want to try […]

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What to do about canine nosebleeds

Thursday, Dec 11th, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Nosebleeds aren’t all that uncommon in people, but with dogs, it’s a different story. One of my Facebook readers contacted me, asking if her dog’s sneezing and nosebleeds could be caused by allergies. I gave her my take on the possibilities: Q: My dog has been sneezing a lot and sometimes he has nosebleeds for […]

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Do animals go to heaven? The Pope thinks so, and so does this veterinarian

Wednesday, Dec 10th, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

It’s a topic of massive theological debate, but one few pet owners have much disagreement on: do animals go to heaven? Pope Francis recently weighed in on the topic, as reported here: “The Holy Scriptures teach us that the realization of this wonderful plan covers all that is around us, and that came out of […]

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