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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.

Do indoor cats need the feline leukemia vaccine?

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Is your kitten vaccinated for feline leukemia virus? You may not have thought to do so if you plan for him to be an indoor cat, but veterinary immunology expert Ronald Schultz, DVM, says that vaccination during kittenhood, followed by a single booster vaccination at 1 year of age, is the best way to prevent […]

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A critter’s eye view on spring

Monday, May 12th, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

In Northern Idaho where I live, it’s the animals who let us know spring is really here. The other day, three snowshoe hares in transition from white back to brown were sitting on a low rock wall with the rising sun showing through their translucent ears. Several chipmunks were doing acrobatic leaps from boulder to […]

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Pony burned shielding her baby from flames

Thursday, May 1st, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

I was incredibly moved to read the story of a pony named Bella, who was severely burned over all her body shielding her foal, Butterscotch, from the flames of a burning barn. Bella and Butterscotch are being cared for by the Humane Society of North Texas. Can you help them with Bella’s mounting veterinary bills? […]

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Couple leaves $1000 tip to pay for dog’s surgery

Thursday, Apr 24th, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Imagine you’re a waitress with three kids, working three jobs, and worried sick about your dog, Tucker, who is at the veterinary hospital having emergency surgery. Then imagine your customers leave you a tip for $1000 to help pay Tucker’s veterinary bill. That’s exactly what happened to New Jersey’s Christina Summitt, proving there really are […]

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Terrorized puppy survives being shot in head to find happiness

Thursday, Apr 17th, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Ruby came to me at North Idaho Animal Hospital, a terrorized puppy who had been shot in the head. She was deathly afraid of going to the veterinarian, and terrified to even leave home. Yesterday I was in downtown Sandpoint, ID, and who did I see trotting up to me for a greeting and hug? […]

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