A Letter from Dr. Marty

Hi, this is Dr. Marty. I hope you’re all safe and healthy during these challenging times.

I’ve received many requests for advice on pet health issues, so firstly, I’d like to thank you for reaching out and entrusting me to advise on the health of your companion.

Please know that every animal has different needs and requirements, and in order for me to help, I would have to establish a proper patient-doctor-client relationship, then run specific tests that would only be possible with an in-person consultation. Because of this, I will not be able to address requests at this time.

Currently, I’m on sabbatical after 47 years from clinical practice to be able to educate on a more global level and to finish writing my second book. If your pet needs veterinary help, my #1 advice for you would be to seek an integrative veterinarian in your area for a hands-on consultation. This way, the veterinarian will be able to address your pet’s specific needs and closely monitor their progress.

You can find a comprehensive list of all US integrative veterinarians at ahvma.org. If you’d like to visit Smith Ridge Veterinary Center, the clinic I helped create, my incredible associates see patients from all over North America and offer comprehensive telephone consultations involving your own veterinarian when appropriate. Please visit smithridge.com to learn more.

If you have any questions about Dr. Marty Pets premium freeze-dried raw food or formulas, please visit drmartypets.com. For specific requests, please contact the fantastic customer care team at [email protected].

Thank you so much for your understanding. I hope you and your furry friend stay safe and healthy.

Dr. Marty


What does “integrative veterinary medicine” mean?

Integrative veterinary medicine is a specific approach to treating pets. As an integrative veterinarian, I take the best of conventional practices and “integrate” alternative medical practices such as nutritional therapy, homeopathy, and acupuncture to address a pet’s overall health — not just their illness. In other words — instead of just finding a treatment, my goal is to help pets regain their full health so their bodies can naturally keep illnesses at bay. This way, they can truly thrive.

I’d love to schedule an appointment with you. Do you still see clients?

Thank you so much for your interest. At this time, I’m not accepting new patients. Creating integrative pet health formulas, while educating as many people as I can about the importance of pet nutrition, is my primary focus right now.

However, the team at Smith Ridge Veterinary Center — where I practiced for more than 45 years — will be more than happy to consult with you. You can learn more about Smith Ridge Veterinary Center by visiting their website.

To see available integrative veterinarians near you, check out this register by the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association: ahvma.org

What kind of food is best for my pets?

I’ve learned that the best way to keep our pets healthy and happy for the long run, is to feed them a raw, whole-food diet — similar to what their ancient ancestors would have eaten.

The problem is, most store-bought pet foods are filled with tons of unnecessary carbohydrates, meat by-products, and potentially harmful additives that are anything but natural. Equally troubling, these foods are often cooked at high temperatures — which destroys much of the remaining nutrients, and doesn’t give pets the high-quality nutrition they need.

I’m proud to say I’ve crafted a fully raw food blend for both cats and dogs to tackle this problem head-on. These blends are packed with premium proteins and antioxidant-rich fruits and veggies to support your pet from nose to tail. If you’re interested in learning more about Nature’s Blend and Nature’s Feast, click here.

Do you have any pets?

Yes! I have a huge pet family :). I’m a pet parent to three dogs, two cats, one pony, eight chickens, two birds, and one bunny. As you can imagine, I absolutely love caring for animals, and have had pets my whole life.

My dog has been diagnosed with terminal cancer, what treatments do you recommend?

I’m so sorry to hear this. I suggest making an appointment with an integrative vet in your area as soon as you can. You’ll find a register of holistic and integrative veterinarians in the United States here: ahvma.org

My dog was diagnosed with pancreatitis and has dietary restrictions. Can they eat Dr. Marty’s Pets food?

You should always follow the instructions of your veterinarian, especially when your dog has dietary restrictions. If you think your dog would benefit from eating Nature’s Blend, take a bag into your next appointment. The ingredients list is short and simple, so you can easily talk with your vet about how your dog can benefit from eating this food

Got a puzzling pet question?

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*Please note that I cannot answer specific questions regarding medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment for your pet. If you suspect that your pet is ill or have a question regarding a medical condition, please contact your veterinarian directly. All information provided on DrMarty.com is designed to support — not replace — the relationship between your pet and your veterinarian.