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.

Do you really need a special diet to manage your cat’s bladder stones?

Thursday, Dec 2nd, 2021 | By Dr. Marty Becker

A reader’s male cat has been suffering from bladder stones and wrote asking if that special diet is really necessary. Here’s what I had to say. Q: My male cat has bladder stones, and the vet is recommending a special diet. It’s expensive! Is there some natural way to treat or prevent the stones? A: […]

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Maybe not the Thanksgiving message you expected

Sunday, Nov 21st, 2021 | By Dr. Marty Becker

As I sat down to write my Thanksgiving message to you all, I thought I’d see what I wrote last year. Here’s how I led off: “I doubt I’d get any disagreement for saying 2020 won’t go down in history as anyone’s favorite year.” After that masterpiece of understatement, I went on to express gratitude […]

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Becker’s Fear Free Reading Round-Up: November 2021

Wednesday, Nov 17th, 2021 | By Dr. Marty Becker

More great reads this month from Fear Free and Fear Free Happy Homes: How to Check Your Dog for Ticks The Internet’s full of bad advice about removing ticks from dogs. Here’s a simple, Fear Free approach to a two-minute tick check and safe removal technique. Read more… How Fostering Pets for the Holidays Benefits […]

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What’s that weird lump on your pet’s ear?

Friday, Nov 5th, 2021 | By Dr. Marty Becker

A pool of blood in the skin of a pet’s external ear is called a “hematoma.” Here’s what causes them and what to do if your pet has one. Q: My cat has been scratching at his ear and the vet says he has a hematoma. What is that, and how did my cat get […]

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When your cat has gallbladder problems

Thursday, Oct 28th, 2021 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Just like humans, cats can have problems with their gallbladders. Here’s how I explained it to a reader with questions. Q: My cat has an inflamed gallbladder and maybe a blocked bile duct. I didn’t know cats could have gallbladder problems! What can you tell me about them? A: The gallbladder is basically a storage […]

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