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.

How to cat-proof your house

Monday, Sep 16th, 2019 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Cats can get into things dogs and human babies can’t even imagine! Here’s what I told a reader asking for cat-proofing advice before bringing home her first feline. Q: I’m getting my first cat, and I want to make sure my home is safe for her. What should I be concerned about? A: Lots of […]

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When there’s a mass on your cat’s liver

Monday, Sep 9th, 2019 | By Dr. Marty Becker

A reader wrote asking about a mass recently diagnosed on her cat’s liver. This condition is known as a biliary cyst. Here’s what I told her about it. A: That’s an interesting question. A biliary cyst is a large, fluid-filled growth on the bile duct system of the liver. It’s the most common type of […]

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Can you give a little rescue pup a ride?

Wednesday, Sep 4th, 2019 | By Mikkel Becker KPA CTP, CPDT-KA, CDBC, CBCC-KA, CTC

Can you help a cute little rescue dog make the journey from Phoenix, Arizona, to Spokane, Washington? This is Mikkel Becker, Dr. Beckers daughter, and my daughter, Reagan, and I have fallen in love with Otis, a Pug mix from Arizona Pug Adoption and Rescue Network APARN). Normally APARN doesn’t adopt outside of Arizona because […]

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Do indoor cats need microchips?

Monday, Sep 2nd, 2019 | By Dr. Marty Becker

All our pets are microchipped, including our indoor cat, Talley. And she, like her dog siblings, wears ID at all times. Here’s how I explained my reasons to a cat owner who wrote asking about ID and chipping for her indoor cat. Q: My new cat will be indoor-only. Does she still need a collar […]

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Happy Labor Day!

Friday, Aug 30th, 2019 | By Dr. Marty Becker

To all my veterinary colleagues working in emergency medicine; to doctors, nurses, and other human medical workers; to police officers firefighters, EMTs, and other first responders; to people working in animal shelters and staffing adoption events; to every restaurant or retail worker, every flight attendant and pilot; to our armed forces; and to everyone who […]

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