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.

Have a safe and happy Fourth of July!

Friday, Jul 4th, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

From all of us at Almost Heaven Ranch, a safe and happy Fourth of July to you, your families, and your animals! And in case you missed them, my tips on fighting fireworks fears are here.

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What you need to know before buying a puppy

Thursday, Jul 3rd, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

We can stream movies at any time of day or night, order books or small kitchen appliances for next-day delivery, or send off for a dozen pairs of shoes for in-home try-on, free returns guaranteed. The Internet allows us to acquire all kinds of goods at a speed undreamed of less than a decade ago. […]

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The facts on feline arthritis

Wednesday, Jul 2nd, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Q: My cat seems to move more slowly these days and it looks like he’s having some trouble getting in and out of his litter box. Could he have arthritis? — via email A: We do tend to think of cats as being the ultimate yoga masters, but they have joints, and those joints can […]

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Don’t ‘Ace’ the Fear: Why acepromazine may make your dog’s fireworks fear worse

Tuesday, Jul 1st, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Is what you’re doing to help your dog with his fireworks and thunderstorm fears making them worse? Fear of fireworks and thunderstorms can ruin a pet’s summer, but sometimes our best efforts to help our pets feel better have the opposite effect. One of the worst offenders is the drug acepromazine, known as Ace. Once […]

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Turn down the volume on pets’ firework and thunderstorm fears

Monday, Jun 30th, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

(Updated June 26, 2020) It’s coming up on the Fourth of July, or as one of my team member calls it, “Xanax season.” She’s referring to her dog’s thunderstorm and fireworks fears, which at their worst require a veterinarian-prescribed dose of alprazolam (generic for Xanax). I believe this medication has its place, but it’s not […]

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