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August 16, 2022

Not Just for Dogs, Cats Benefit From Socialization, Too
Dog parents often enroll their newly adopted pets into socialization programs, but few cat owners give it a passing thought - or even know such programs exist. Here's why 'kitten kindergarten' may be key to cats finding and keeping their forever homes.

Cat Diary: Day 19
A 'thought diary' reveals the opinions and motives of this seemingly ordinary cat.


August 15, 2022

Managing Esophageal Issues in Dogs
Researchers published a study recently identifying a genetic variation linked to development of congenital idiopathic megaesophagus in German Shepherd dogs.

This Mildly Sweet Fruit Can Be a Healthy Treat for Your Pet
Giving a few bites of this healthy, high-water fruit is perfectly OK for your pets. Read this article to learn what nutrients it can offer your furry buddy.


August 14, 2022

23 Questions Your Vet Should Ask at Every Wellness Visit
Is your veterinarian a proactive, wellness-oriented practitioner or a traditional vet who just puts out 'fires' as they arise? This list of essential questions will tell you if it's time to make a change and add a proactive vet to your pet's healthcare team.

Lucky: Tiny, Blind, Albino Survivor
An albino puppy, the weakest of his litter, was the only survivor, but he pulled through.


August 13, 2022

Pet-Loving Humans Who Are Making the World a Better Place
I've had the honor of speaking with dozens of Game Changers, but these three are stand-outs for all they are doing to promote animal welfare. From revealing the secret to wellness and good health, to helping you tune into your pet's deepest needs, these individuals are truly extraordinary.

Her Own Puppy Had the Lifesaving Instincts She Required
Luckily, this woman found that her cute puppy had the necessary lifesaving instincts.


August 12, 2022

Pet Parenting Mistakes That Can Shorten Your Pet's Life
Many pet owners make mistakes without even realizing they are making them, and then wonder why their pets act the way they do - or develop a life-threatening illness. Be proactive while there's still time and make sure you're not making any of these 10 potentially serious mistakes.

Norwegian Forest Cats Tackle Dog Puzzle
These Norwegian forest cats are smart enough to get the prize. At least one is, anyway.


August 11, 2022

Is Your Pet's Food Making Him Obese?
Harmful advanced glycation end products (AGEs) are known to adversely affect human metabolic health, but what about pets? Could the way your pet's food is processed be making him pack on more pounds? Finally, there's a way to find out through unbiased, independent nutrition research.

Connect With Dr. Becker and Get All the Latest Pet News
My goal is to help you become an informed advocate for your animal companion, and that's why I made my valuable pet wellness updates available through various platforms. Here's how you can connect with me.


August 10, 2022

10 Ways to Provide the Right Ingredients for a Long Life
The food you feed your dog or cat serves as the foundation of a long, healthy life, but that's not the only thing that matters. There are nine other factors that not only influence the quality of life your pet enjoys, but also how many birthdays you get to spend together.

Teeny Bulldog Started Life in an Incubator
Arriving just a few days after being born, this tiny rescue pup started life in an incubator.


August 9, 2022

What Meal-Time Favorites Can I Share With My Pet?
Knowing for sure which human foods you can feed - and which ones you should not under any circumstances - can be a daunting task. Your pet accidentally consumed one of the no-no's? Here's what to do, along with a list of 10 foods you can safely share with your dog or cat.

Pet Food That's Fresh: It's About More Than Sustenance
It's not just true for humans; ultraprocessed foods aren't good for your pets, either.


August 8, 2022

The Sure Way to Balance Your Dog's Homemade Food
As we kick off the 12-year anniversary of Mercola Healthy Pets, we're reintroducing one of my proudest accomplishments that takes the guess work out of creating healthy meals from scratch for your dog. As a special bonus, here are five new recipes to help you get started.

Here's How to Incorporate Beef Into Your Pet's Meals
Beef can be a nutritious treat for your pet as it contains healthy fats, antioxidants, protein and other nutrients that can help support your pet's health. And if you're looking for ideas on how to include it in your pet's meals, I've got the perfect recipes for you to try.


August 7, 2022

Treat Your Pet to These Real Meat Pull-Aparts
You can make them yourself with just three simple yet nutritious ingredients. Suitable for dogs and cats with dental disease or food sensitivities, these protein-rich, species-specific treats will please even the fussiest of pets.

When the Neighbor's Outdoor Cat Claims You
This is how the neighbor's adorable outdoor cat became their own adorable indoor cat.


August 6, 2022

Changing the Sad Plight of Black Pets
The myth that black cats bring bad luck has not only prevailed over the years, it now includes black dogs. Because black pets are usually the last ones to find forever homes and are more likely to be euthanized, these pioneering individuals are turning to glamour shots to change their fate.

Rambunctious Pup Can't Get Enough of His Kiddie Pool!
As soon as Kai's new pool started filling with water, his inhibitions went out the window!


August 5, 2022

Can Dogs Help Reduce Pain and Anxiety?
Hospital emergency departments can be stressful, and typical wait times can worsen feelings of pain and heighten anxiety. Researchers wanted to find out if a therapy dog team could increase comfort. You're sure to appreciate what they discovered, especially if you share your life with a dog.

Maine Coon Kitties Enjoy Their Catio
Mac, Clancy and Shadow are three cats that have really taken to their newly built catio!


August 4, 2022

Detecting Cognitive Dysfunction in Dogs
As your dog grows older, you're more likely to notice the signs of physical aging than cognitive decline as it is more difficult to detect - and confirm. Like with humans, Alzheimer's-like amyloid plaques can develop and tissue can break down in your dog's brain. Know the six symptoms to watch for.

This Dog Loves Everything and Everybody!
From the bulls to the piglets to the humans, Hodor is the kind of dog everybody loves!


August 3, 2022

8 Redesigned Dog Breeds: Once Healthy, Now Deformed
Breeders may consider them 'improvements,' but when you take a closer at how they're affecting the dogs' quality of life – and longevity – they're anything but. See what these breeds looked like back in 1915 before humans began their 'remodeling' project.

Gentle Kitty Has the Softest Touch
How adorable is this kitty, reaching out to gently and lovingly touch his favorite human?


August 2, 2022

The 6 Signs of Feline Separation Anxiety
It's not just dogs that can suffer from being separated from their owners. Cats, as independent and indifferent as they may appear, can be affected, too. However, because the signs are subtle, you may need to put on your sleuth's cap to detect it happening in your kitty.

Small Puppy Leads Rescuers to Her Siblings
Hearing about a dog with puppies that needed a home, a guy had to see if he could help.


August 1, 2022

How Shelter Living Affects a Dog's Well-Being
Everyone knows shelters are stressful environments for dogs, but up until now we haven't had scientific proof. While no difference was seen in researchers' measurements at first, here's how dogs fared after six weeks of shelter living, and six weeks and six months after adoption.

Can You Feed Brazil Nuts to Your Pet?
Hailing from the Amazon, this tree nut can make for a great pet treat. However, moderation is advised due to its large size and selenium content. Here’s how it can support your pet's health.