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.

Join veterinarians and oppose horse soring

Saturday, Apr 12th, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

If you’ve never heard of the practice known as ‘horse soring,’ there are a lot of horses who wish they never had, either. Soring is the practice of applying caustic, blistering substances, chains, and other forms of pain, often severe, to get Tennessee Walking Horses to lift their legs up high when moving. This gait […]

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Teach your dog that beggars never win

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

Tips to stop your dog from begging at the table from my daughter, trainer Mikkel Becker, in this week’s Pet Connection: Make the dinner table a dog-free zone. Teach your dog to go to his bed, a mat or his crate when meals are served. It’s a great opportunity for him to practice a long […]

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Gardeners with pets need to think ‘dogscaping’

Friday, Mar 28th, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Is it possible to have pets and a nice garden? Yes, says my friend, dog trainer and writer Liz Palika, in a guest column for this week’s Pet Connection: As ice and snow melt and mud takes their place, the promise of spring appears with tiny green leaves on the trees. Nurseries begin stocking flowers […]

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What you don’t know about clinical trials may hurt your pet

Tuesday, Mar 25th, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

If you had a pet with a life-threatening disease that had no reliable cure, would you consider being part of a clinical trial for a new treatment? Your answer to that will probably depend on how much you know about clinical trials. I discovered not every knows what they are when I shared news about […]

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Two recent books to make people better pet owners

Thursday, Mar 20th, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

From my writing partner, Kim Campbell Thornton, in this week’s Pet Connection: In more than 30 years of pet ownership, I’ve nursed a lot of animals: a diabetic cat, a greyhound with bone cancer, an old cat with kidney disease, dogs with congestive heart failure, a puppy with a scratched cornea and more. Everything I […]

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