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.

What to do if you’re allergic to your dog

Wednesday, Feb 17th, 2021 | By Dr. Marty Becker

How can you be allergic to man and woman’s best friend? Sadly, many people who love dogs are. Here’s what I told a reader struggling with this problem. Q: I have asthma, and my allergy to my dog is making it worse. Do you have any suggestions? A: So many of us who love dogs […]

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Why your dog may seem lazy – but isn’t

Thursday, Feb 11th, 2021 | By Dr. Marty Becker

There can be a lot of reasons why a dog’s get-up-and-go has gotten up and went. And “laziness” is probably not one of them. Here’s how I explained it to a reader. Q: My dog doesn’t enjoy going for walks. What can I do to get him up and at ‘em? A: One of the […]

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Problems with your recently adopted pet?

Thursday, Feb 4th, 2021 | By Dr. Marty Becker

If you adopted a pet last year and are now struggling with behavior or training issues, don’t feel as if returning your pet to the shelter is the only option. Many shelters have trainers on staff or intervention programs that can help. You can also ask your veterinarian to recommend a reputable trainer or behaviorist […]

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Do our cats actually like us?

Friday, Jan 29th, 2021 | By Dr. Marty Becker

It’s something all cat parents have asked ourselves at least once: Do our cats really like us, or just put up with us for convenience? Here’s what I told a reader who is a first time cat mom. Q: I have a cat for the first time, and I’m not sure if she likes me […]

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Flat-faced dogs: Cute or cause for concern?

Thursday, Jan 21st, 2021 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Dogs with extremely short muzzles and rounded heads are called brachycephalic, from the Greek words for “short” and “head.” Those features give them an adorable, almost-human expression, but they also bring with them a host of related health challenges. Bulldogs, boxers, pugs and other brachycephalic breeds often have difficulty breathing after even slight exertion. They […]

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