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.

Have a great ‘Take Your Dog to Work Day’!

Friday, Jun 20th, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

If you’re lucky enough to work at a veterinary practice, animal shelter, or other business where pets are present all the time,  you probably don’t need the “dog fix” people in less animal-centric professions get every year on “Take Your Dog to Work Day.” Certainly not every dog is “workplace-ready,” and many workplaces aren’t suitable […]

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Tips for pets who are terrified of the exam table

Thursday, Jun 19th, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Is your dog scared when put on the exam table at the veterinarian? Since I believe fear has no place in a vet clinic, I’ve been working to make visits Fear-Free for pets. Some of the tricks I’ve learned to turn up the happy and turn down the sad are easy and free, and some […]

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How their whiskers help horses see

Wednesday, Jun 18th, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Did you know that in Switzerland and Germany their governments have banned the clipping of horses whiskers? Here’s why: A horse’s muzzle is soft, and velvet-like. Personally, it’s one of my favorite places to pet on our quarter horses Pegasus and Sugar Babe. But that pettable muzzle isn’t why clipping a horse’s whiskers is a […]

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From ‘cone of shame’ to ‘work of art’

Monday, Jun 16th, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

What if that cone your veterinarian sent your pet home in wasn’t a piece of medical equipment, but a piece of art? And what if that piece of art helped sick and injured pets feel less stressed out, and also helped homeless pets find loving families to adopt them? “What if” no more, my friends! […]

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Why all my patients love to ‘meat’ me

Friday, Jun 13th, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

In the search to make veterinary visits Fear-Free for pets, one of my favorite tools is a package of deli-sliced lunch meat. “Meat” Stella, a 5-year-old shelter rescue brought in to see me at North Idaho Animal Hospital by her owner, Ray. Ray is a senior with Parkinson’s. After we made friends over a treat, […]

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