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.

Are fitness trackers for the dogs?

Friday, Nov 7th, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Fitness trackers are all the rage for humans right now, and anything that gets us up and moving is a good thing. But how useful are they for our dogs — who could also benefit from more exercise? My Pet Connection co-writer, Kim Campbell Thornton, did some research: The benefit for pets — primarily dogs […]

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Three dogs are alive today because of you

Thursday, Nov 6th, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Three dogs played on the grass today. They went for a walk, took treats from a volunteer’s fingers, and had a nap. But those things very nearly didn’t happen, because all three dogs were scheduled to be killed on Nov. 1. Fortunately, that didn’t happen, because of the power of each and every one of […]

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What a dog named Roscoe taught me about pet insurance

Wednesday, Nov 5th, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

I’ve been a practicing veterinarian for over 35 years, and there’s not a week goes by that a pet doesn’t need something for their pet’s health or well-being that the pet owner can’t afford. The pet might need his teeth cleaned, a cruciate ligament in the knee fixed, expensive skin medication, or referral to a […]

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Researchers testing drug that might extend dogs’ lives by 15 percent

Tuesday, Nov 4th, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Researchers at the University of Washington are raising money and recruiting dogs for a study that might extend dogs’ lives. From the Dog Aging Project’s website: We believe that improving healthy lifespan in pet dogs is a worthy goal in and of itself. To be clear, our goal is to extend the period of life […]

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Is there a new treatment for cats with chronic urinary blockage?

Monday, Nov 3rd, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

There may be a new treatment for obstructive feline idiopathic cystitis, or chronic urinary blockage in cats without a known cause. The Winn Feline Foundation recently reported on a pilot study of A-CYST, a Dechra Veterinary Products drug that is placed directly into the bladder via a catheter. A-CYST is a glycosaminoglycan, a substance related […]

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