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.

Getting a dog? Planning makes perfect

Friday, Jul 11th, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

We all know the feeling: We see a well-trained dog in a movie or on TV, or watch a dog show, or randomly encountering an exotic breed on the street, and think, “I want a dog just like that one!” Going on the search for a dog based on that feeling is a recipe for […]

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Pets can be hard on electronics

Thursday, Jul 10th, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

If your dog has swallowed your remote or your cat has thrown up a hairball on your smartphone, you’re not alone. A survey released last month by Square Trade found that 28 million pet owners have had a pet damage an electronic device, with smartphones accounting for almost 30 percent of the damaged items. Electronics […]

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Help bring war dog Mariah home!

Wednesday, Jul 9th, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Sergeant Omar Pena of the United States Marines has asked the American Humane Association, on whose board I am proud to serve, to help bring home Mariah, the war dog he trained and worked with in Afghanistan searching for improvised explosive devices. “She kept us alive back then,” he said. “She served her country long […]

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When medicine is crap: Fecal transplants in veterinary medicine

Tuesday, Jul 8th, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

I know many of my canine patients would as soon chow down on the contents of a diaper pail as their own nutritious food. I also remember as a child telling my mother, “This medicine tastes like crap!” That’s close to literally true now, as a growing number of MDs and veterinarians are using fecal […]

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How long can a wedding ring hide inside a dog?

Monday, Jul 7th, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

A woman in Wisconsin recently found her lost wedding ring, which had been missing for five years. She found it when her dog, Tucker, vomited it up. (And no, he’s not a Lab!) I shared the story on my Facebook page, commenting that, as a veterinarian, inside the dog was the first place I’d have […]

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