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How their whiskers help horses see

Wednesday, Jun 18th, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Did you know that in Switzerland and Germany their governments have banned the clipping of horses whiskers? Here’s why: A horse’s muzzle is soft, and velvet-like. Personally, it’s one of my favorite places to pet on our quarter horses Pegasus and Sugar Babe. But that pettable muzzle isn’t why clipping a horse’s whiskers is a […]

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Goat almost dies of grief until reunited with best friend burro

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

A goat named Mr. G nearly starved himself to death after being separated from his best friend, a burro named Jellybean — until dedicated rescuers reunited them! Mr. G had lived for years in a neglectful haording situation with only Jellybean for company. When they were finally rescued, Mr. G went to the Animal Place […]

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How to end the doggy bathtime drama for good!

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Have you ever wondered why your dog loves to walk through muddy puddles, do a face-plant in the sprinkler, or dive into the lake, but hates to get even his feet wet in a bath? Simply put, it’s because giving up his choice of place, time and terms for a bath are the ingredients for […]

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A critter’s eye view on spring

Monday, May 12th, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

In Northern Idaho where I live, it’s the animals who let us know spring is really here. The other day, three snowshoe hares in transition from white back to brown were sitting on a low rock wall with the rising sun showing through their translucent ears. Several chipmunks were doing acrobatic leaps from boulder to […]

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The peanut butter cure: Helping a shelter dog learn to trust

Sunday, Apr 13th, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Can peanut butter help save a dog’s life? Combined with love and determination, the answer is yes. I’m in Boston, where I am speaking on ‘Creating Fear Free Visits for Pets’ at the Canine Behavior Conference at Tufts College of Veterinary Medicine. I was walking down Boylston St. when I saw this young man asking […]

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