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.

In times of sinking sands, we reach for our pets

Thursday, Mar 19th, 2020 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Unless you went through the Spanish Flu of 1918 and the Great Depression of 1929, you wouldn’t really know what we’re going through now as a community, county, country, continent, and world facing the COVID-19 pandemic. Even if you were an adult in 1918 and 1929, the panic of a virus and of economic disaster […]

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No, you really don’t want a pet fennec fox

Tuesday, Mar 17th, 2020 | By Dr. Marty Becker

I don’t believe wild animals should be kept as pets, the cuteness of the fennec fox notwithstanding. Here’s how I answered a question about the cute little creatures. Q: I saw a picture of a fennec fox on Facebook. So cute! I’ve heard that some people keep them as pets. Is that a good idea? […]

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How often should pets visit the vet?

Monday, Mar 9th, 2020 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Is “bring your pet to see the vet every year” the kind of good advice you tend to ignore? This may help you understand why I recommend an annual visit for healthy pets. Q: My 5-year-old cat is in good health and up-to-date on her vaccinations. She’s never had any health problems. Does she really […]

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Did you miss it? Q&A on senior dogs and Fear Free

Thursday, Mar 5th, 2020 | By Dr. Marty Becker

In case you missed my free webinar on senior dogs and Fear Free, it’s available on their YouTube Channel now. My focus was on our dogs’ mental health, how feeding the mind is just as important as feeding the body, in-home enrichment, and how to make trips to the vet less stressful. The Q&A webinar […]

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Can pets catch or spread new coronavirus?

Monday, Mar 2nd, 2020 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Are we likely to transmit the new coronavirus to our pets? Can they transmit it to us? While virus has been found in the nose of a dog owned by a person with COVID-19, it’s most likely that was just some live or dead virus picked up from his or her owner rather than an […]

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