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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.

Low thyroid in dogs: What you need to know

Monday, Jul 2nd, 2018 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Low thyroid, or hypothyroidism, can cause troubling symptoms in dogs who suffer from the condition. Here’s how I explained it to a reader. Q: My dog has been diagnosed with hypothyroidism. What can you tell me about this disease? A: Hypothyroidism occurs when the thyroid gland doesn’t produce enough of certain important hormones. Usually it […]

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Why do dogs lick us? The answer could save your life!

Monday, Jun 25th, 2018 | By Dr. Marty Becker

A reader asked about one of the mysteries of the universe: Why do dogs like to lick us? There are multiple reasons for this behavior, including one that might save your life! Q: My dog is constantly licking me. She likes to lick my legs, my hands, my face — any place she can get […]

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A veterinarian’s regrets

Thursday, Jun 21st, 2018 | By Dr. Marty Becker

We have a family motto that sits atop a bulletin board we’ve called the “Becker Brag Board” since the first pre-school pictures and photos were push-pinned into place. The Becker Motto (which hasn’t been changed in over 30-years) reads: Live for today… Plan for tomorrow… No regrets… I know it seems cool or knee-jerk to […]

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Getting ahead of your dog’ motion sickness

Monday, Jun 18th, 2018 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Does your dog get car sick? This problem is more complicated than you might think. Here’s how I explained it to a reader. Q: We’re going on a road trip next month. We’d like to bring our dog, but she gets carsick. Do you have any tips to help her be more comfortable? A: Motion […]

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A veterinarian’s Father’s Day reflection: Facing a family legacy of depression and suicide

Thursday, Jun 14th, 2018 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Father’s Day is a conflicted day for me in many ways. I love being a father and grandfather; my daughter, Mikkel, my son, Lex, and my granddaughter, Reagan, are such beloved parts of my soul I can only be humbled with gratitude to have them in my life. I pray for them and thank God […]

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