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.

Quick tip to stop canine shedding

Wednesday, Sep 10th, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Shedding is a top complaint for dog owners, but there’s one quick tip you can use for quick, short-term control. If you’re entertaining or visiting someone else’s home, use a light mist of hair spray on your dog beforehand. It will keep the hair mostly on your pet instead of your clothing or the furniture. […]

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What you think you know about pet insurance is probably wrong

Tuesday, Sep 9th, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Are you risking unexpected veterinary expenses because of misconceptions about how pet insurance works? When I partnered with Embrace Pet Insurance in an educational campaign to end economic euthanasia, I heard from a lot of pet owners and veterinary colleagues about their problems with pet insurance, most of which were based on outdated or incorrect […]

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‘Pawspice’ care for pets at the end of life

Monday, Sep 8th, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

We are so fortunate that our dogs and cats are living longer than ever before and have access to the highest levels of veterinary care. At some point, though, just as with people, nothing more can be done. That doesn’t always mean that euthanasia must be the next step. More and more, people are turning […]

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FDA: Stop marketing unapproved tear stain products for cats and dogs

Saturday, Aug 30th, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

The FDA issued a stern warning to the manufacturers of certain tear stain removers, saying that the products contain a drug not approved for cats and dogs. From their announcement: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is issuing warning letters today to companies manufacturing unapproved animal drugs to remove tear stains in dogs and cats. […]

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Are avocados toxic for pets?

Thursday, Aug 28th, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Are avocados toxic to pets? It depends. A reader wrote saying she hears all the time that avocados are bad for dogs, but her boyfriend’s dog eats them all the time and looks and feels great. My Pet Connection co-writer and I had heard avocados are toxic for pets, too, so as we started investigating […]

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