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From pet health tips to ideas on fighting boredom and loneliness in pets, you can learn how to make your pets' lives better here.

Merry Christmas – and support for those who aren’t merry

Tuesday, Dec 24th, 2019 | By Dr. Marty Becker

This is such an important time of year for our family, but it can also be a painful and dark one for many people, like me, who struggle with depression, as well as for those facing loss, economic struggles, job loss, divorce, and other challenges. Please know that our family’s prayers are with you this […]

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New puppy? Here’s what you need to know

Tuesday, Dec 17th, 2019 | By Dr. Marty Becker

A reader is planning on getting a new puppy, and wanted to know my top tips. Here they are! Q: I’m getting a puppy for Christmas! What do you think are the most important things that new dog owners should know? A: Congratulations on the beginning of a beautiful friendship. The love of and from […]

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How smoking – even outdoors – can harm your pets

Tuesday, Dec 10th, 2019 | By Dr. Marty Becker

A reader wrote in to ask if his smoking is harming his pets. The short answer is yes. Here’s the evidence and some recommendations (including to quit for you and for them!). Q: I’m a smoker. Is it really bad for me to smoke around my pets? It’s not like they’re inhaling. A: But they […]

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New studies aim to help shelter cats, dogs with spinal cord injuries, and more

Tuesday, Dec 3rd, 2019 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Morris Animal Foundation is awarding more than $1 million in grants for 16 canine and feline research projects. Among the studies being funded are one to evaluate the potential of treating aggressive cancers with a new drug derived from a medicinal plant called feverfew; development of an oral vaccine for use in shelters and other […]

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, Nov 27th, 2019 | By Dr. Marty Becker

My friends, you have given me so much in the last year, and I’m so grateful for all you do for the animals in your lives. Happy Thanksgiving!

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