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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.

A true story of people, pets, and doing the work of the angels

Sunday, Nov 2nd, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Just how much goodness is in the world when it comes to animals? A lot, at least, when you’re at North Idaho Animal Hospital. That’s where I practice, but I wasn’t there the day a Chihuahua named Chico was brought in after being attacked by a Husky. Chico’s owner said the Husky’s owner on his […]

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The scariest Halloween pet warning of all

Friday, Oct 31st, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Know what’s scarier to me than the worst Halloween pet warning of all? The thought of the hundreds of thousands of homeless pets sitting in shelters and rescue groups right now. I adopted my beloved Gracie from a shelter on Christmas Eve almost three years ago, and I couldn’t love her more if she pooped […]

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Why we need to break the chains on dogs

Tuesday, Oct 28th, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

In all the years I’ve lived on our ranch in Bonners Ferry, Idaho, I’ve been troubled as I drive by dogs chained to trees, doghouses, or stakes in the ground. I never drive by and not see them there. They never run free, go for a walk, or come into the house. These dogs are […]

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Is a holiday visit right for your pet?

Tuesday, Oct 28th, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Our culture has become very pet-friendly, but as much as I love this shift in attitude, I am also aware that some people don’t approve of the change, especially when other people start planning to bring dogs home for the holidays. Now I’m a veterinarian, not a family counselor. But I do have some suggestions […]

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Some things just go together: The wisdom of Dr. Sophia Yin

Friday, Oct 17th, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

This guest post was written by my daughter, trainer Mikkel Becker, to commemorate the work and honor the loss of our friend, veterinary behavior expert Dr. Sophia Yin. There is no other veterinarian I can think of who has made such a dramatic difference in bringing scientific principles into practical step by step practices for […]

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