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.

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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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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