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From pet health tips to ideas on fighting boredom and loneliness in pets, you can learn how to make your pets' lives better here.

Terrorized puppy survives being shot in head to find happiness

Thursday, Apr 17th, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Ruby came to me at North Idaho Animal Hospital, a terrorized puppy who had been shot in the head. She was deathly afraid of going to the veterinarian, and terrified to even leave home. Yesterday I was in downtown Sandpoint, ID, and who did I see trotting up to me for a greeting and hug? […]

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Just a few more veterinarians in it for the money

Tuesday, Apr 15th, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

I hear it all the time on my Facebook page: Veterinarians are only in it for the money, and don’t really care about animals. I’m not going to get into a verbal wrestling match over this, but I will say that it strains credibility. Every single day I meet or hear from veterinarians who are […]

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Military dog mourns on grave of fallen Marine

Monday, Apr 14th, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

A military working dog lies on the grave of a fallen Marine. What was the story behind the photo? When I saw this image on Pinterest today, it affected me so deeply I researched the story behind it. In 2006, U.S. Marine Corps Sergeant Adam Leigh Cann, age 23, died in a suicide bombing attack […]

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The peanut butter cure: Helping a shelter dog learn to trust

Sunday, Apr 13th, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Can peanut butter help save a dog’s life? Combined with love and determination, the answer is yes. I’m in Boston, where I am speaking on ‘Creating Fear Free Visits for Pets’ at the Canine Behavior Conference at Tufts College of Veterinary Medicine. I was walking down Boylston St. when I saw this young man asking […]

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Join veterinarians and oppose horse soring

Saturday, Apr 12th, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

If you’ve never heard of the practice known as ‘horse soring,’ there are a lot of horses who wish they never had, either. Soring is the practice of applying caustic, blistering substances, chains, and other forms of pain, often severe, to get Tennessee Walking Horses to lift their legs up high when moving. This gait […]

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