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.

Do alternative therapies for pets really work?

Tuesday, Jul 28th, 2020 | By Dr. Marty Becker

When it comes to holistic, natural, and alternative therapies for pets, how do you know if they’ll really help your pet? Here’s my advice. Q: I’m interested in natural and alternative therapies for my pet. Which ones really work? A: Complementary, or alternative, therapies often play a role in veterinary medicine these days. A lot […]

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Treating and preventing ear mites in cats and dogs

Monday, Jul 20th, 2020 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Does your pet scratch at her ears or shake her head? There isn’t only one cause of the behavior, but if it does turn out to be ear mites, here’s how I told a reader they can be treated. Q: Do dogs get ear mites? How are they treated? A: We tend to associate ear […]

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New ideas to help your pet lose weight

Wednesday, Jul 15th, 2020 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Food is love. Every Italian grandma — heck, every grandma — knows that. So we love to see our dogs and cats enjoy their food. But it’s possible and, unfortunately common, for owners to overdo it when it comes to providing food and for pets to overdo things on the eating end. All too often […]

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Dealing with dog diarrhea

Tuesday, Jul 14th, 2020 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Some dogs have ongoing issues with diarrhea, and the cause isn’t always easy for the veterinarian to track down. In the meantime, what do you do? Here is what I told a reader whose dog suffers from this problem. Q: My dog frequently has diarrhea, and the vet and I can’t figure out why. There […]

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Does my cat have IBD or not?

Wednesday, Jul 8th, 2020 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Few diagnoses are as confusing as feline inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Here’s how I explained it to a reader with questions. Q: My vet thinks my cat has inflammatory bowel disease. Why doesn’t she know for sure, and what can you tell me about it? A: IBD, as it’s known for short, is one of […]

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