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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.

Just a few more veterinarians in it for the money

Tuesday, Apr 15th, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

I hear it all the time on my Facebook page: Veterinarians are only in it for the money, and don’t really care about animals. I’m not going to get into a verbal wrestling match over this, but I will say that it strains credibility. Every single day I meet or hear from veterinarians who are […]

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Military dog mourns on grave of fallen Marine

Monday, Apr 14th, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

A military working dog lies on the grave of a fallen Marine. What was the story behind the photo? When I saw this image on Pinterest today, it affected me so deeply I researched the story behind it. In 2006, U.S. Marine Corps Sergeant Adam Leigh Cann, age 23, died in a suicide bombing attack […]

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The peanut butter cure: Helping a shelter dog learn to trust

Sunday, Apr 13th, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Can peanut butter help save a dog’s life? Combined with love and determination, the answer is yes. I’m in Boston, where I am speaking on ‘Creating Fear Free Visits for Pets’ at the Canine Behavior Conference at Tufts College of Veterinary Medicine. I was walking down Boylston St. when I saw this young man asking […]

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Join veterinarians and oppose horse soring

Saturday, Apr 12th, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

If you’ve never heard of the practice known as ‘horse soring,’ there are a lot of horses who wish they never had, either. Soring is the practice of applying caustic, blistering substances, chains, and other forms of pain, often severe, to get Tennessee Walking Horses to lift their legs up high when moving. This gait […]

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Teach your dog that beggars never win

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

Tips to stop your dog from begging at the table from my daughter, trainer Mikkel Becker, in this week’s Pet Connection: Make the dinner table a dog-free zone. Teach your dog to go to his bed, a mat or his crate when meals are served. It’s a great opportunity for him to practice a long […]

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