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.

What NOT to do if you love your pet

Friday, Aug 1st, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Nothing generates instant happiness in a dog like opening the refrigerator or treat drawer. Unfortunately, as this delighted frenzy of fur keeps begging, you give more treats, and he starts bulging. Pudgy pooches have an increased risk of serious health problems, including joint disease, Type 2 diabetes, respiratory and skin problems, and even cancer. Most […]

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What to do if your dog is stung by a bee

Thursday, Jul 31st, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Do you know what to do if your dog gets stung by a bee? One of my readers asked: Q: My dog just got stung by a bee. He didn’t have an allergic reaction, but is there anything I can do in the future to relieve the pain? — via email A: You were fortunate […]

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Tara the Hero Cat joins feline friends to raise money for shelter pets

Wednesday, Jul 30th, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Remember Tara, the brave hero cat who made international news by saving her family’s little boy from a dog attack? She’ll be the special guest of Matilda, the Algonquin Hotel Cat, at a fundraiser for the Mayor’s Alliance for New York’s Animals in New York City on Aug. 2, held at the iconic hotel and […]

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What a difference a weigh makes: How knowing your pet’s weight can help trim the pounds

Tuesday, Jul 29th, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Most pet owners with overweight or obese cats and dogs think their pets are at or near their ideal body weight, and therefore aren’t willing to do something about the problem. Fortunately, I’ve got a tip that will take the scales from their eyes! Using scales to measure and motivate for weight loss has been […]

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5 ways to help your itchy dog

Monday, Jul 28th, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Is your dog’s itching driving you crazy? Imagine what it’s doing to him! Itching causes real suffering for pets, just as hives or poison oak or ivy do to humans. Don’t just take signs your dog is itching lying down. Try these 5 tips: 1. Make fleas flee! I can’t count the number of clients […]

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