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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.

Can you give a little rescue pup a ride?

Wednesday, Sep 4th, 2019 | By Mikkel Becker KPA CTP, CPDT-KA, CDBC, CBCC-KA, CTC

Can you help a cute little rescue dog make the journey from Phoenix, Arizona, to Spokane, Washington? This is Mikkel Becker, Dr. Beckers daughter, and my daughter, Reagan, and I have fallen in love with Otis, a Pug mix from Arizona Pug Adoption and Rescue Network APARN). Normally APARN doesn’t adopt outside of Arizona because […]

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Do indoor cats need microchips?

Monday, Sep 2nd, 2019 | By Dr. Marty Becker

All our pets are microchipped, including our indoor cat, Talley. And she, like her dog siblings, wears ID at all times. Here’s how I explained my reasons to a cat owner who wrote asking about ID and chipping for her indoor cat. Q: My new cat will be indoor-only. Does she still need a collar […]

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Happy Labor Day!

Friday, Aug 30th, 2019 | By Dr. Marty Becker

To all my veterinary colleagues working in emergency medicine; to doctors, nurses, and other human medical workers; to police officers firefighters, EMTs, and other first responders; to people working in animal shelters and staffing adoption events; to every restaurant or retail worker, every flight attendant and pilot; to our armed forces; and to everyone who […]

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Getting a blood draw from your pet the Fear Free way

Monday, Aug 26th, 2019 | By Dr. Marty Becker

How do veterinarians and veterinary nurses get blood from zoo animals? They train them using positive reinforcement to offer a limb for the blood draw. You can reach your pet the exact same thing! Here’s how I explained it to a reader: Q: My dog hates having blood drawn, but he has a health condition that […]

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Taking the ‘pet’ out of ‘petrified’ one shelter at a time

Friday, Aug 23rd, 2019 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Today, an estimated 13,000 sheltering organizations care for an estimated 6-7 million homeless animals annually—mostly cats and dogs. Organizations vary in size from those that are very large, handling tens of thousands of animals per year, to those that are very small, including grassroots groups and private individuals. For some animals, the amount of time […]

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