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.

How their whiskers help horses see

Wednesday, Jun 18th, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Did you know that in Switzerland and Germany their governments have banned the clipping of horses whiskers? Here’s why: A horse’s muzzle is soft, and velvet-like. Personally, it’s one of my favorite places to pet on our quarter horses Pegasus and Sugar Babe. But that pettable muzzle isn’t why clipping a horse’s whiskers is a […]

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From ‘cone of shame’ to ‘work of art’

Monday, Jun 16th, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

What if that cone your veterinarian sent your pet home in wasn’t a piece of medical equipment, but a piece of art? And what if that piece of art helped sick and injured pets feel less stressed out, and also helped homeless pets find loving families to adopt them? “What if” no more, my friends! […]

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Why all my patients love to ‘meat’ me

Friday, Jun 13th, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

In the search to make veterinary visits Fear-Free for pets, one of my favorite tools is a package of deli-sliced lunch meat. “Meat” Stella, a 5-year-old shelter rescue brought in to see me at North Idaho Animal Hospital by her owner, Ray. Ray is a senior with Parkinson’s. After we made friends over a treat, […]

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The easy new way to get a urine sample from a dog

Thursday, Jun 12th, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

I’m always on the lookout for great new pet products at trade shows, and seldom am I stopped in my tracks by a product. The moment I saw the Poochie Pee Cup (I can’t say it without smiling) I stopped and got out my credit card. In the hierarchy of a veterinary hospital there are […]

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Is that online puppy bringing rabies with him?

Wednesday, Jun 11th, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Can you imagine bringing a darling little puppy into your family, and learning he not only has a deadly disease that will take his life, but has put your family’s life in danger, too? That’s exactly the scenario the Centers for Disease Control are warning puppy buyers to avoid, as puppies imported with fake health […]

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