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.

Becker’s Fear Free Reading Round-Up: Sept. 2, 2021

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

Some great reads this month from Fear Free and Fear Free Happy Homes: A Fear Free Approach to Helping Pets Adjust to Family Absences As life takes another twist, children are off to school, perhaps even headed off to college, and some parents are departing for the office again. Pets received no advance warning that […]

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Becker’s Fear Free Reading Round-Up: Aug. 3, 2021

Tuesday, Aug 3rd, 2021 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Some great reads this week from Fear Free and Fear Free Happy Homes: House Call Vets One of the best ways to minimize vet visit fear, anxiety, and stress for your pets? Use a mobile veterinarian! Here are two vets who made the change due to the pandemic, but aren’t going back. Learn why… Why […]

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Will the search for pet-friendly housing get easier?

Wednesday, Jul 28th, 2021 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Seeking pet-friendly housing? Help may be at hand thanks to lobbyists and pet industry insiders meeting in October with Congressional legislators. Pet journalist Sandy Robins reports at that during Pet Week, hosted annually in Washington, D.C., by the Human Animal Bond Research Initiative, lawmakers will have the opportunity to learn about the importance of […]

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What are pheromones and how can they help cats and dogs?

Wednesday, Jul 21st, 2021 | By Dr. Marty Becker

I frequently recommend pheromones for cats and dogs. When a reader wrote with a question about pheromones, I asked my daughter, Fear Free Head Trainer Mikkel Becker, to explain. Q: What are pheromones, and how do they affect dogs and cats? A: Pheromones are chemical signals that allow members within a species to communicate emotions […]

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Can inflammation harm your cat’s mind, body, and emotions?

Thursday, Jul 15th, 2021 | By Dr. Marty Becker

A study by Carlo Siracusa, associate professor of clinical behavior medicine at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine, will look at how chronic inflammation affects cognition, behavior and overall health of senior cats. The study, awarded the Mark L. Morris Jr. Investigator Award by the Morris Animal Foundation, will look at 100 pet […]

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