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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.

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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Young man’s bond with animals is a special gift

Monday, Jun 23rd, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

A young man in my hometown has a very special bond with animals — and they, with him. Lucas is 27 years old and he was born  in Bonners Ferry, Idaho, where I live with my family.  He was born with cerebral palsy, microcephaly, seizure disorder and cortical blindness. He cannot walk or talk, but […]

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Have a great ‘Take Your Dog to Work Day’!

Friday, Jun 20th, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

If you’re lucky enough to work at a veterinary practice, animal shelter, or other business where pets are present all the time,  you probably don’t need the “dog fix” people in less animal-centric professions get every year on “Take Your Dog to Work Day.” Certainly not every dog is “workplace-ready,” and many workplaces aren’t suitable […]

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Tips for pets who are terrified of the exam table

Thursday, Jun 19th, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Is your dog scared when put on the exam table at the veterinarian? Since I believe fear has no place in a vet clinic, I’ve been working to make visits Fear-Free for pets. Some of the tricks I’ve learned to turn up the happy and turn down the sad are easy and free, and some […]

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How their whiskers help horses see

Wednesday, Jun 18th, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Did you know that in Switzerland and Germany their governments have banned the clipping of horses whiskers? Here’s why: A horse’s muzzle is soft, and velvet-like. Personally, it’s one of my favorite places to pet on our quarter horses Pegasus and Sugar Babe. But that pettable muzzle isn’t why clipping a horse’s whiskers is a […]

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