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.

Microchip mistake almost costs dog her life

Thursday, Aug 21st, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Check Your Chip Day might be Gypsy the dog’s favorite holiday ever! That’s because a minor typo in her microchip registration almost cost this long-lost dog the chance to see her family again. Gypsy went missing months ago, and when she was picked up hundreds of miles from home, the local police scanned her for […]

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Phoenix police officer rescues kittens left in dumpster

Wednesday, Aug 20th, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Officer Heather Krimm was one of the police officers who responded to a report of kittens abandoned in a dumpster in Phoenix, Ariz. Officer Krimm, with the approval or her superior officer and the help of the Arizona Humane Society, took the kittens home and is caring for them until they’re old enough to be […]

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4 reasons experts say breed bans make no sense

Tuesday, Aug 19th, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

The American Society of Veterinary Animal Behavior has joined the overwhelming chorus of veterinary and other expert opinion about breed bans: They don’t make communities safer. Their rationale: 1. Statistically, breed “is not predictive of the risk of aggressive behavior.” Instead, they say, dogs should be evaluated individually. 2. Breed identification based on looks is […]

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Study: Pets’ fear of visiting veterinarian on the rise

Monday, Aug 18th, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

If you’re wondering why I’m so committed to a Fear-Free revolution in veterinary medicine, look no further than a recent white paper on veterinary care published by the American Veterinary Medical Association. In 2010, 45 percent of pet owners reported their pets feared a trip to the vet. In 2014, that’s risen to 51 percent. […]

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Love your pets? Check their chips today!

Friday, Aug 15th, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Happy Check the Chip Day! I’m talking about pet identification microchipping, the most important step you can take to ensure your pet gets home to you if he ever goes missing. Some of you may be old enough to remember pay phones. A few of you may, like me, be old enough to remember when […]

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