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4 reasons experts say breed bans make no sense

Tuesday, Aug 19th, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

The American Society of Veterinary Animal Behavior has joined the overwhelming chorus of veterinary and other expert opinion about breed bans: They don’t make communities safer. Their rationale: 1. Statistically, breed “is not predictive of the risk of aggressive behavior.” Instead, they say, dogs should be evaluated individually. 2. Breed identification based on looks is […]

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Study: Pets’ fear of visiting veterinarian on the rise

Monday, Aug 18th, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

If you’re wondering why I’m so committed to a Fear-Free revolution in veterinary medicine, look no further than a recent white paper on veterinary care published by the American Veterinary Medical Association. In 2010, 45 percent of pet owners reported their pets feared a trip to the vet. In 2014, that’s risen to 51 percent. […]

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Love your pets? Check their chips today!

Friday, Aug 15th, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Happy Check the Chip Day! I’m talking about pet identification microchipping, the most important step you can take to ensure your pet gets home to you if he ever goes missing. Some of you may be old enough to remember pay phones. A few of you may, like me, be old enough to remember when […]

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What NJ forgot in ban on pet tattoos, piercings

Tuesday, Aug 12th, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Most pet lovers would agree that piercing and tattooing are an individual choice for people, but needless and cruel for pets. The state of New Jersey wants to ban those practices for companion animals, but they forgot a crucial exception in their proposed law. Tattoos are widely used to indicate a pet has been spayed […]

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How a child star became a veterinarian

Friday, Aug 8th, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Sometimes I think almost everyone once wanted to be a veterinarian. One former child star actually did it. In my decades on “Good Morning America,” I’ve met countless celebrities backstage, many of whom told me not only did they love pets, but they had a childhood dream of becoming a veterinarian. No matter how famous […]

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