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 laser therapy can do for pets

Friday, Sep 19th, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

I experienced some new technology that really helps pets yesterday. Annie, a 10-year-old German Wirehaired Pointer, came into Lakewood Animal HospitalĀ  with a slab fracture of the left upper carnassial tooth. After the extraction, we used the Erchonia laser to dramatically reduce the swelling of the gum tissue. This photo was taken 30 minutes post-op […]

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3 things pet insurance covers that you probably think it doesn’t

Thursday, Sep 18th, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

When I blog about my educational campaign with Embrace Pet Insurance to end economic euthanasia, I always get a certain number of comments that “pet insurance doesn’t cover anything.” The other day, I was looking at the list of things covered by Embrace’s wellness plan, and I saw three items that took me by surprise, […]

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Something you may not know about pilling cats

Wednesday, Sep 17th, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Just when you think you know everything about how to pill a cat, something new comes along. That’s how one of my readers felt after a recent hospital visit with one of her cats. Here’s what she asked, and my response: Q: There’s a new young veterinarian at the hospital where we take our cats. […]

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Why pet pain prevention is better than cure

Tuesday, Sep 16th, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

When is the best time to give a pet pain medication? Before the pain starts, or as soon after as possible. While human beings might like being “tough guys” who never take anything for pain, there’s no benefit, and plenty of harm, in letting your dog or cat suffer. (There’s none in letting yourself suffer, […]

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Shelter dog helps 9/11 veteran overcome PTSD

Thursday, Sep 11th, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Like so many Americans, Melissa Maher enlisted in the armed forces in 2001, following the 9/11 attacks. And like so many of our military, she came out of the conflict in Iraq suffering from depression and PTSD. The mother of six, Melissa’s condition was so severe she couldn’t leave her home — until this year. […]

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