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.

God works in mutt-sterious ways

Sunday, Sep 22nd, 2019 | By Mikkel Becker KPA CTP, CPDT-KA, CDBC, CBCC-KA, CTC

We have a new Becker family member! Our daughter, Mikkel Becker, writes here about how Otis joined the family. Have you ever felt like the perfectly imperfect part of you met the perfectly imperfect part of someone else, and together you fulfilled parts of yourselves you’d never fully realized were there? That’s the only way […]

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How to cat-proof your house

Monday, Sep 16th, 2019 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Cats can get into things dogs and human babies can’t even imagine! Here’s what I told a reader asking for cat-proofing advice before bringing home her first feline. Q: I’m getting my first cat, and I want to make sure my home is safe for her. What should I be concerned about? A: Lots of […]

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When there’s a mass on your cat’s liver

Monday, Sep 9th, 2019 | By Dr. Marty Becker

A reader wrote asking about a mass recently diagnosed on her cat’s liver. This condition is known as a biliary cyst. Here’s what I told her about it. A: That’s an interesting question. A biliary cyst is a large, fluid-filled growth on the bile duct system of the liver. It’s the most common type of […]

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Can you give a little rescue pup a ride?

Wednesday, Sep 4th, 2019 | By Mikkel Becker KPA CTP, CPDT-KA, CDBC, CBCC-KA, CTC

Can you help a cute little rescue dog make the journey from Phoenix, Arizona, to Spokane, Washington? This is Mikkel Becker, Dr. Beckers daughter, and my daughter, Reagan, and I have fallen in love with Otis, a Pug mix from Arizona Pug Adoption and Rescue Network APARN). Normally APARN doesn’t adopt outside of Arizona because […]

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Do indoor cats need microchips?

Monday, Sep 2nd, 2019 | By Dr. Marty Becker

All our pets are microchipped, including our indoor cat, Talley. And she, like her dog siblings, wears ID at all times. Here’s how I explained my reasons to a cat owner who wrote asking about ID and chipping for her indoor cat. Q: My new cat will be indoor-only. Does she still need a collar […]

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