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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.

One pet food recall every 11 days in 2013

Tuesday, Jan 7th, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Nothing is certain in life except death and taxes and, increasingly, pet food and treat recalls. There were 33 in 2013. On average, that’s one every 11 days. And between 2008 and 2012, the Food and Drug Administration received more than 2,500 complaints from consumers regarding pet food and livestock feed. The complaints ranged from […]

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Partnership to end ‘economic euthanasia’

Thursday, Jan 2nd, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

It’s one of the hardest thing any veterinarian will ever have to face: The grief a pet owner experiences when putting a sick or injured pet to sleep not because the pet’s condition isn’t treatable, but because that treatment is unaffordable. Lots of things contribute to this problem, including a tough economy, but one thing […]

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Resolve to make a new start with your pets

Wednesday, Jan 1st, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Got your New Year’s resolutions ready yet? Yeah, we don’t either. A good place to start, though, is with your pet. Helping your cat or dog change his life for the better has benefits for both of you. A healthier, happier pet not only puts less pressure on your wallet, but also brings more smiles […]

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Little strip can make a big difference in a dog’s dental health

Thursday, Feb 2nd, 2012 | By Dr. Marty Becker

What’s going on in your pet’s mouth? If you can’t say you’ve ever checked, I can tell you the news will likely not be good. Periodontal disease is the No. 1 most commonly diagnosed pet health problem, with about 85 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats getting it by age 3. Periodontal disease […]

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Happy New Year! Please don’t ask me about dragon care

Monday, Jan 23rd, 2012 | By Dr. Marty Becker

This is the Year of the Dragon. I don’t personally treat dragons, but if you should just happen to have one, your best bet would be to find a practicing veterinarian who’s a member of the Association of Reptile and Amphibian Veterinarians. With a firefighter to assist, in case things get a little hot in […]

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