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.

When a pet’s ‘healthy appetite’ is something else entirely

Monday, Jul 23rd, 2018 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Going off their food is a common sign that a pet is sick. However, a pet who is eating well — or too well — can also be suffering from illness. Here’s what I told a reader. Q: My pet always eats well, and lately he’s been eating more than usual. I’ve always thought that […]

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Can swimming in a pond or lake kill your dog?

Tuesday, Jul 17th, 2018 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Beware of blue-green algae in water where your pet plays or swims. The algal blooms, often the result of agricultural runoff, produce toxins that affect the gastrointestinal tract and liver, causing vomiting or diarrhea. In severe cases, the animal can suffer liver failure. Blue-green algae blooms look like blue or green paint spilled on the […]

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9-year-old Chihuahua rescued from puppy mill, gets his very first bed

Thursday, Jul 12th, 2018 | By Dr. Marty Becker

There are few things that make my blood boil as much as the misery of a dog who is imprisoned in a puppy mill to be used to produce puppies until they can’t reproduce anymore. Dogs are capable of so much love, sociability, and activity — and require enrichment and to have their social needs […]

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How to know if your cat needs to see the vet (because he won’t tell you!)

Monday, Jul 9th, 2018 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Does your cat need to see the veterinarian? He may not show obvious signs of illness, but you should take him in if you notice the following changes in appearance or behavior: Discharge from eyes or nose Change in eye color Loss of appetite for more than a day Unusual or excessive vocalizations Blood in […]

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A veterinarian’s letter to Delta about their ban on service dogs who they say are ‘pit bulls’

Thursday, Jul 5th, 2018 | By Dr. Marty Becker

I’ve flown almost 5 million miles on Delta, and this week I sent a letter to them protesting their ban on service dogs they say are “pit bulls.” This ban is not based in science and it puts an unfair burden on people with disabilities. I strongly oppose this policy and hope Delta will reconsider […]

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