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 you may not know about service animals

Thursday, Oct 21st, 2021 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Not everything you think you know about service animals is correct. Eight common misconceptions are that service animals always wear a vest, that they never bark (some are trained to bark as an alert), that people can have only one service animal at a time, that only Labradors or German shepherds can be service animals, […]

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Does your cat really need to go to the vet?

Monday, Oct 18th, 2021 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Given how much stress cats experience during vet visits, it’s no wonder most people don’t take their cats for veterinary care even when they need it. That’s one of main reasons I founded Fear Free, to make vet visits less stressful for pets and their people! Here are tips I shared with a reader about […]

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Becker’s Fear Free Reading Round-Up: Oct. 7, 2021

Thursday, Oct 7th, 2021 | By Dr. Marty Becker

More great reads this month from Fear Free and Fear Free Happy Homes: Conquer Your Cat’s Fear of the Big, Bad Vaccuum Cleaner Does your cat have Zuigerphobia? Here’s a Fear Free approch to taming his fear of the vacuum cleaner and developing a healthy relationship with it. (No, really!) Read more… The Guilt in […]

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What to do when your pets have arthritis

Thursday, Sep 30th, 2021 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Yes, dogs and cats get arthritis! Here’s how to tell and what to do about it. Q: My senior dog and cat both have arthritis. Do you have any suggestions for helping to manage their stiffness and pain? A: Degenerative joint disease is a common problem in pets, old and young. Recognizing it early on […]

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What pet food labels mean

Thursday, Sep 9th, 2021 | By Dr. Marty Becker

I get a lot of questions about pet foods. Here’s my response to a question about pet food labels from a reader. Q: What do the terms “super-premium” and “natural” mean on pet food labels? Are they better for my pet? A: You might be surprised to learn that those terms, along with “premium,” “ultra-premium” […]

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