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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.

How to boost the odds a new cat will like being walked on a leash

Monday, Oct 8th, 2018 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Cats on leashes? Yes, it’s a thing, although not all cats or cat owners are on board. This reader wanted to increase the chances a new cat would take to it, so I asked my daughter, trainer Mikkel Becker, to join me in some recommendations. Q: I want a cat who will enjoy walking on […]

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Why I want to get rid of veterinary hospital waiting rooms

Thursday, Oct 4th, 2018 | By Dr. Marty Becker

In my almost 40-year-career, I’ve owned all or part of seven veterinary practices. Some were free-standing buildings and others were in shopping centers, but they were basically all of the same design. From front to back, reception counter, waiting area, exam rooms, pharmacy/treatment, surgery, radiology, offices, and kennels. It’s the same template for probably 99 […]

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A kiss no dog wants

Monday, Oct 1st, 2018 | By Dr. Marty Becker

As if we didn’t have enough to worry about with our dogs — heartworms, ticks, fleas — now they are at risk from “kissing bugs.” The blood-sucking insects, found primarily in the southern United States and into Mexico, Central America and South America, seek out animals on which they can feed, including dogs, birds, reptiles […]

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Why dogs lick their feet and legs, and what to do about it

Thursday, Sep 27th, 2018 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Allergies? Pain? Boredom? Why do dogs lick their legs and feet obsessively, and what can you do about it? Here’s how I answered those questions from a reader. Q: I have a dog who licks her feet and legs too much. She is groomed every month, and I give her daily dietary supplements. Her vet […]

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Remember Me Thursday: Inspire change for pets in need on Sept. 27!

Sunday, Sep 23rd, 2018 | By Dr. Marty Becker

The most powerful inspiration to get people to adopt is the pets themselves! That’s why I’m asking you to once again help homeless pets with a simple social media post. If we all share our rescue pets with #RememberMeThursday, we will inspire the world to find forever families for every pet who needs one. Be […]

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