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.

The Dog Who Lived: Another chapter in his story

Thursday, Feb 6th, 2020 | By Dr. Marty Becker

From lying on the brink of death from starvation, covered in flies and weighing only 19 pounds, to where he is today, Lazaruff is a dog who has lived quite a life. You probably already know his story — if not, it’s here — and that Teresa and I helped save him and brought him […]

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Female cats can spray, too

Monday, Feb 3rd, 2020 | By Dr. Marty Becker

You know that old song that goes, “Anything you can do, I can do better”? That’s what the girl cats say to the boy cats when it comes to spraying, AKA “urine marking.” Here’s what’s going on, as I explained in response to a reader’s question. Q: Why does my cat spray? I thought females […]

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Never ignore your dog’s lameness

Thursday, Jan 30th, 2020 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Have you ever seen your dog limping or moving stiffly, and figured it was just weekend warrior syndrome or maybe a sign of advancing age, but nothing that required veterinary care? You may want to think again. Ignoring a dog’s lameness can have a number of negative outcomes. First is that your pet might suffer […]

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Do you know the right age to get a puppy?

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

Many people think when it comes to getting a new puppy, younger is better. That’s not true, as I explained to this reader. Q: How old should puppies be when they go to their new homes? The breeder we’re talking to is offering to let us take our new puppy when she’s 6 weeks old. […]

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Is dialysis for cats ever an option?

Thursday, Jan 23rd, 2020 | By Dr. Marty Becker

If your cat has been diagnosed with kidney disease, you might wonder if dialysis is an option. If your cat’s symptoms are caused by an infection, it might be. The kidneys are designed to eliminate toxins from the cat’s body via the urine. When the kidneys are impaired, toxins build up. An infection can prevent […]

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