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.

New cat? Time for a household poison check

Tuesday, Sep 15th, 2020 | By Dr. Marty Becker

If you have pets in your home, you need to put poisons in your place. And that place is completely out of their reach. Here are some specific concerns about cat poision prevention. Q: I’m getting my first cat. Are there any household poisons or other dangers I should be concerned about? A: Cats are […]

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How and when to feed your dog

Thursday, Sep 10th, 2020 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Do you know the best way to feed a puppy or adult dog? Here’s the advice I have a reader! Q: How often should I feed my puppy? And when she grows up, is it better to feed her once or twice a day? A: When puppies stop nursing and start eating on their own, […]

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A sneezing dog is nothing to sneeze at

Tuesday, Sep 8th, 2020 | By Dr. Marty Becker

If your dog is sneezing, it could be a sign of a serious problem. Here’s how I explained it to a reader whose dog kept sneezing and snorting. Q: My dog is snorting and sneezing a lot. What could be wrong with him? A: Problems affecting the canine nose can range from minor to serious. […]

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Taking some time to unplug

Sunday, Aug 23rd, 2020 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Every year, our family takes a two-week vacation at a nearby lake. I usually fly home late the night before, worn out from my nonstop travel schedule (some years I’ve spent more than 300 days on the road). Not this year. The global pandemic has kept me home since March, with our activities severely curtailed […]

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Beware the cat who shows his belly

Tuesday, Aug 18th, 2020 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Why would a cat under attack who can’t flee or bluff his way out of a fight roll over and expose his belly? It’s a worthy feline fighting stance. A cat in danger knows instinctively to engage his powerful rear legs and sharp claws in a raking motion designed to tear into the vulnerable belly […]

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