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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.

New puppy? Here’s what you need to know

Tuesday, Dec 17th, 2019 | By Dr. Marty Becker

A reader is planning on getting a new puppy, and wanted to know my top tips. Here they are! Q: I’m getting a puppy for Christmas! What do you think are the most important things that new dog owners should know? A: Congratulations on the beginning of a beautiful friendship. The love of and from […]

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How smoking – even outdoors – can harm your pets

Tuesday, Dec 10th, 2019 | By Dr. Marty Becker

A reader wrote in to ask if his smoking is harming his pets. The short answer is yes. Here’s the evidence and some recommendations (including to quit for you and for them!). Q: I’m a smoker. Is it really bad for me to smoke around my pets? It’s not like they’re inhaling. A: But they […]

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New studies aim to help shelter cats, dogs with spinal cord injuries, and more

Tuesday, Dec 3rd, 2019 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Morris Animal Foundation is awarding more than $1 million in grants for 16 canine and feline research projects. Among the studies being funded are one to evaluate the potential of treating aggressive cancers with a new drug derived from a medicinal plant called feverfew; development of an oral vaccine for use in shelters and other […]

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, Nov 27th, 2019 | By Dr. Marty Becker

My friends, you have given me so much in the last year, and I’m so grateful for all you do for the animals in your lives. Happy Thanksgiving!

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Brush off cats – in a good way!

Friday, Nov 22nd, 2019 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Yes, cats groom themselves. So do they really need you to brush them? That’s what a reader asked; here’s my answer. Q: Why do I have to brush my cat? Don’t cats groom themselves? A: Cats do a great job of grooming themselves, but brushing has a lot of positives beyond helping cats stay clean. […]

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