Houston PetTalk January/February 2011 : Page 50

LIL’ BITS Books DR.MARTY BECKER AMERICA'S VETERINARIAN: Dr.Marty Becker, “America’s Veterinarian,” appears on “GoodMorn-ingAmerica” and “The Dr. Oz Show.” He’s also a best-selling author and nationally syndicated pet columnist. What’s Better Than Becker? O Nothing! AdviceFromTheCrownJewel ofVeterinarians By: Michelle Mantor 1. Pets will need about nce in a while youmeet an individual that has a “per-sonality cocktail” that’s like an elixir...charming, fun, sunny, smart and approachable. That’s exactly what I encountered when I recently met “America’s Veterinarian”, Dr. Marty Becker, while he was visiting Houston on a book tour. Dr. Becker is co-author of the fastest-selling pet book in history, “Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul,” and is either sole author or co-author of other top-selling books including “Fitness Unleashed: A Dog and Owner’s Guide to LosingWeight and GainingHealth Together!” When wemet to dis-Dr.MartyBeckerwithPetTalk Editor,MichelleMantor cuss his book, “Fitness Unleashed”, we shared some laughs, some seri-ous talk and he also gave some “super-tips” for our Houston readers that I’m going to share with you: 5 different diets in their lifetime; a food for puppy stage, a specific diet for breed ormedical issues, adult diet and se-nior diet. It’s important to feed for the life stages. 2. Dental care is extremely important for overall health; Dr. Becker uses C.E.T. Chewies, brushes his dog’s teeth daily (they get a dental treat afterwards) For treats, he gives Greenies Dental Chews and Dentees. There is also a dental vaccine available called Porphyromonas vaccine, which will help kill the bacteria living in your dogsmouth. 3. Use food puzzles and games for dogs and cats. According to Dr. Beck-er, animals in the wild spendmost of their time in food-related activities (hunting, stalking, killing, eating and guarding prey) and we have replaced New Customers can bring in this ad and receive 1 Free Night Boarding* or 10% off Training or Grooming Services *Not Valid with Other Discount / Must Purchase 2nd Night of Boarding at Equal or Greater Value Give your dog a “new leash on life.” * *Valid for Pre-paid Boarding Stay / 20 mile round trip / additional miles $1.00 each / Jan. & Feb. 2011 only Stop by for a visit and tour our 14,000+ square-foot state-of-the-art Boarding, Grooming, DayCamp & Training facility and start Fido off on the right paw for the new year by signing up for these great training services. In-Lodge Training Let Fido Stay in Luxury and get a First Class Education Puppy Kindergarten Socialization is Important Basic Obedience Lets get Formal! Sit, Down, Heel, Place, and Manners Advanced Obedience For that “Off Leash” Feeling DayCamp with Training While you Earn a Living, Fido Earns a Diploma Private Lessons Convenience! In-home or at the Facility Behavior Modification Get Your Pet the Help it Deserves Agility Training Fun Exercise for an Active Lifestyle Retriever Training For a Hunting Companion that Meets Your Needs 3207 WILLIAMSBURG LANE, MISSOURI CITY 281.403.7700 | www.lonestarpetlodges.com 50 www.houstonpettalk.com Small Mammal & Reptile Boarding PetWaste Yard Clean-up Service Pet Sitting/PetWalking Service this activity with handing them a bowl of food that they gobble down in 2 minutes.He suggests hiding food in various places around the house for cats so they have to “hunt” for the food and scat-tering dog food all across the backyard for dogs to track it down and eat it. 4.Have fre-quent veterinary evaluations as pets age because catching a disease when signs are just cropping up ismore successfully treated andmanaged than disease that has taken hold.He refers to this as “organ sparing”. Dr. Becker will be back inHouston in the Spring and I can’t wait to be charmed and informed again...which of course I will share with you!

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