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3 things I know for sure about pets

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016 | By Dr. Marty Becker

There are three things I am certain of about pets. 1. They would rather be with us in the streets than without us in a mansion. 2. Their very presence can make our lives better, richer, less stressful, and healthier. 3. They do more for us than we do for them, but they act like […]

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The healing power of the pets of the homeless

Thursday, Jan 22nd, 2015 | By Dr. Marty Becker

I often hear people say things like, “I’d live in my car before I’d give up my pets.” Those same people also often say they don’t think the homeless should be allowed to have pets, because they aren’t able to take care of them. I wish they could read about cats like Spaghetti, who were […]

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What do you want to know about the healing power of pets?

Sunday, Nov 23rd, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Pets heal us. They make us happier, they lower our blood pressure, they can detect diseases and conditions when nothing else can, they can reach autistic children and the withdrawn elderly, all in ways that seem miraculous. Since the beginning of my career I’ve been fascinated by the healing power of pets, and it was […]

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A revolution begins for pets of domestic abuse victims

Wednesday, Oct 15th, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

What if families fleeing domestic abuse didn’t have to choose between their pets and their own safety? That was the topic of the most powerful presentation I saw at Purina’s Better With Pets Summit in New York City earlier this week. It was led by John Hockenberry, host of public radio’s The Takeaway, and he […]

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Shelter dog helps 9/11 veteran overcome PTSD

Thursday, Sep 11th, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Like so many Americans, Melissa Maher enlisted in the armed forces in 2001, following the 9/11 attacks. And like so many of our military, she came out of the conflict in Iraq suffering from depression and PTSD. The mother of six, Melissa’s condition was so severe she couldn’t leave her home — until this year. […]

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