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.

Reflections on a painful year

Thursday, Dec 17th, 2020 | By Dr. Marty Becker

In just a few weeks, our world has turned upside down. As those who follow me on social media already know, we lost Teresa’s beloved older brother, Rockey, to COVID, and I nursed her 95-year-old mother, Valdie, through the same disease. Rockey was developmentally delayed and while he was 72 years old, he had the […]

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Is it normal for dogs to chase their tails?

Monday, Dec 14th, 2020 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Videos of dogs chasing their tails may have people laughing on YouTube, but tail-chasing may be nothing to laugh at. Here’s what I told a reader. Q: Why do dogs chase their tails? A: A search on YouTube turns up thousands of videos of dogs chasing their tails. Usually we laugh when we see dogs […]

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How to get a sick dog to eat

Monday, Dec 7th, 2020 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Some dogs who won’t eat just need a little time to feel better, but there are many times when eating is essential to their health and recovery. Here are some tips to get them to chow down when they don’t want to. Q: My dog is sick, and he has lost his appetite. Do you […]

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How to stop a puppy from biting

Monday, Nov 30th, 2020 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Is your puppy part shark? I asked my daughter, trainer Mikkel Becker, to tackle this reader’s question about how to stop her puppy’s out of control mouthing. Q: Our new puppy’s nickname is Jaws. Even though we give her lots of chew toys, which she likes, she bites our hands and feet — hard. We […]

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It’s been a year short on blessings, but Happy Thanksgiving anyway!

Tuesday, Nov 24th, 2020 | By Dr. Marty Becker

I doubt I’d get any disagreement for saying 2020 won’t go down in history as anyone’s favorite year. This year has been difficult, unpleasant, incomprehensible, disappointing, and often painful. I write this as my wife’s 95-year-old mother and 72-year-old disabled brother are suffering from COVID. I struggle to find gratitude. And yet my many blessings […]

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