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.

What your dog loves better than food

Tuesday, Oct 14th, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

I’ve lived with a lot of dogs who would do pretty much anything for treats. Our canine cocktails Quora and Quixote, along with our old Golden, Shakira, and my beloved Gracie, all beg for treats, and nothing brings them running like the sound of the treat drawer opening. Maybe you have dogs like that, too. […]

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Can you help these horses in North Carolina?

Monday, Oct 13th, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Do you love horses? I do, and so does Victoria Rogelin. However, to her lasting sorrow, she is financially unable to keep her three special needs horses, who she rescued and has cared for and loved, any longer. She’s received help for one of them, but is trying to find a new home for the […]

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A vet’s eye view on demodectic mange in dogs

Friday, Oct 10th, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

See that poor dog on the right? That’s Boone, who I helped treat for demodectic mange while he was in a foster home (which became his forever home, but that’s another story!). Boone is healthy now, but demodectic mange is a problem that affects a lot of dogs, so I thought you’d want to know […]

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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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