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.

Proud father alert: Training livestreams with Mikkel Becker

Friday, Jun 26th, 2020 | By Dr. Marty Becker

My daughter is a phenomenal trainer. Her credentials intimidate even me: Mikkel Becker KPA CTP, CPDT-KA, CDBC, CBCC-KA, CTCr, Fear Free Certified. If you missed her two most recent livestreams, I’ve captured them here. The first is her guest appearance on DOGTV, discussing sensory enrichment for dogs: The next was her Fear Free Friday guest […]

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How to give pills to your cat the Fear Free way

Monday, Jun 22nd, 2020 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Few things give cat owners nightmares like the thought of giving their cat a pill. Here’s what my daughter, trainer Mikkel Becker, and I had for a reader facing that challenge. Q: Argh! I have to give my cat a pill every day. Do you have any tips on how to get it down her? […]

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When your spayed dog leaks urine

Friday, Jun 19th, 2020 | By Dr. Marty Becker

As a veterinarian, I hear fairly often that a spayed female dog is leaking urine, usually in her sleep. This can be a sign of a urinary tract infection or another health condition, so your first step should be to rule those out. But it’s likely this is what’s known as spay or estrogen-responsive urinary […]

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Rabbit virus threatens pet bunnies

Monday, Jun 15th, 2020 | By Dr. Marty Becker

There’s a growing threat to wild and pet rabbits in the U.S., with a mortality rate of around 80 percent. Here’s what you need to know about the virus if you have pet rabbits, or what you need to share with friends and family who do. Q: I heard recently about a virus that is […]

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Your pet’s behavior changes can signal dementia

Monday, Jun 8th, 2020 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Could  your pet’s behavior changes be caused by a physical problem? Often the answer is yes, and those problems include dementia. Here’s what you should know. Q: I inherited my mother’s 15-year-old cat, and I notice that she wanders and yowls in the middle of the night. My veterinarian said pets can get dementia, and […]

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