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.

Why frequent baths are good for your dog

Wednesday, Oct 8th, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Whether your dog loves getting wet or hates it, the fact is, frequent bathing is a good thing! For decades, veterinary health care professionals recommended that people not bathe their dogs very often because it stripped oils from the skin, drying it out. We now know this is not only false, but by bathing your […]

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How a tennis ball can kill your dog

Tuesday, Oct 7th, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Tennis balls are not chew toys. Put them away after every game of fetch. Dogs have been known to compress tennis balls in their throats and then die when the ball springs back to full size in the back of the mouth, cutting off the dog’s air supply. The other thing to remember is that […]

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Help find homes for fallen veterinarian’s cats

Monday, Oct 6th, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

What would happen to your pets if you died suddenly? That’s what happened to veterinarian Dr. Lorie Huston, whose cats are in need of loving homes now that she has passed away unexpectedly, due to liver disease. Dr. Huston was a shining light to the veterinary community. She served as president of the Cat Writers […]

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Therapeutic laser can heal pets’ pain, inflammation

Friday, Oct 3rd, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

In my own practice, I’ve used the class IV laser a number of ways. It can help to relieve pain, redness and swelling at surgical incision sites; reduce inflammation related to hot spots, inflamed ears and lick granulomas; and soothe arthritic joints. Dogs who have spay surgery with laser treatment have little redness, drastically reduced […]

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A Fear-Free tip from our friends at Maddie’s Fund!

Wednesday, Oct 1st, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Can petting a stressed-out cat calm her down and keep her healthy? Yes, says a recent study of shelter cats, reported on by the shelter medicine blog at Maddie’s Fund. In a study published in the June 2014 issue of the journal Preventive Veterinary Medicine, researchers found cats who were not petted during their first […]

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