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.

Deaf pet? Here’s what you need to know

Monday, Nov 16th, 2020 | By Dr. Marty Becker

A reader is considering adopting a deaf pet and asked my advice. I have seen many wonderful examples of happy families with a deaf pet, so I enthusiastically shared some! Q: We’re considering adopting a pet who is deaf. Do you have any tips on safety and communication? A: One of the things I love […]

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Can’t we even agree dogs are good anymore?

Wednesday, Nov 11th, 2020 | By Dr. Marty Becker

I don’t post about politics here or on my social media, and I’m not going to start now. But I found myself wanting to welcome our new First Dogs Elect, Champ and Major Biden, and then didn’t because I didn’t have the stomach for the likely fallout. I don’t remember hesitating to post when the […]

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What you need to know about your cat’s vital signs

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

Vital signs aren’t just for televsion shows set in hospital ERs. They’re for cats, too. Here’s how I explained it to a reader. Q: What should I know about determining my cat’s vital signs? A: Great question! I’m always in favor of people knowing as much as possible about how their animals “work.” Vital signs, […]

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Helping seniors keep, care for, and adopt pets

Tuesday, Nov 3rd, 2020 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Seniors who need help adopting and caring for pets can get financial assistance for adoption fees, veterinary care, food and other expenses from nonprofit Pets for the Elderly, which is increasing its efforts to help people and pets stay together to benefit from the human-animal bond. People over 60 can qualify for adoption discounts from […]

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Watching animal videos is good for your health

Wednesday, Oct 28th, 2020 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Watching animal videos is good for the heart and soul, according to researchers at the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom. They found that heart rates dropped in participants who watched videos and images of cute animals. Also, the average blood pressure of the group moved into the ideal range, and participants’ stress and […]

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