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.

Can you get your cat to be more snuggly?

Tuesday, Apr 7th, 2020 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Are lap cats made or born? Here’s what I told a reader. Q: My cat doesn’t like to sit on my lap, and he doesn’t really like to be petted much either. Is there anything I can do to change his ways? A: Having a cat sit on your lap is something special, and if […]

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Secrets of grooming a longhaired cat

Monday, Mar 30th, 2020 | By Dr. Marty Becker

A reader asked about grooming “all that fur” on her Persian cat. I brought in an expert, and here are her tips! Q: My Persian cat has so much fur! What’s the best way to groom and bathe her? A: We went straight to an expert to get advice for you. Heike Hagenguth of Soliman […]

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This pet poison lurks in places you might never imagine

Tuesday, Mar 24th, 2020 | By Dr. Marty Becker

You probably know that the sweetener xylitol is highly toxic to pets. What you might not know is all the different types of products in which it’s found. When you’re shopping, check labels for xylitol in peanut and other nut butters; protein bars; toothpaste (one of the reasons not to brush pets’ teeth with toothpaste […]

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In times of sinking sands, we reach for our pets

Thursday, Mar 19th, 2020 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Unless you went through the Spanish Flu of 1918 and the Great Depression of 1929, you wouldn’t really know what we’re going through now as a community, county, country, continent, and world facing the COVID-19 pandemic. Even if you were an adult in 1918 and 1929, the panic of a virus and of economic disaster […]

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No, you really don’t want a pet fennec fox

Tuesday, Mar 17th, 2020 | By Dr. Marty Becker

I don’t believe wild animals should be kept as pets, the cuteness of the fennec fox notwithstanding. Here’s how I answered a question about the cute little creatures. Q: I saw a picture of a fennec fox on Facebook. So cute! I’ve heard that some people keep them as pets. Is that a good idea? […]

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