“The Forever Dog”: Book by Cedar Falls Native Reveals New Science to Delay Aging and Promote Health in Canine Companions | Local news


CEDAR FALLS – There isn’t a dog lover in the world who doesn’t want their canine companion to live longer and healthier. In their New York Times bestselling book, “The Forever Dog,” Cedar Falls native Dr. Karen Becker and co-author Rodney Habib share the latest science and offer practical information to promote longevity and good health. health, so that every dog ​​parent can play and snuggle with their furry babies for as long as possible.

Dr. Karen Becker surrounded by stacks of the best-selling dog health book, “The Forever Dog,” co-authored with Rodney Habib.


But like their human owners, more dogs are being treated and are dying prematurely from chronic diseases, cancer, diabetes and heart, autoimmune and degenerative diseases, according to the groundbreaking new book.

“For some reason, we don’t always care about our own bodies, but we’ll do anything for our dogs and cats,” Becker said.

“What I realized is that a lot of people are desperate to keep their animals from getting sick. The best information is not there. Customers have told me, “I didn’t know enough and lost my dog. They live with regrets and open wounds their entire lives. This book gives people all the tools they need to make great decisions, ”she explained.

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At its heart, “The Forever Dog” offers owners a comprehensive, practical and prescriptive “revolutionary” plan focused on diet, nutrition, exercise, stress and more, including a dog’s instinctive need. and his joy at frequent “sniffers”. It delves into the science of dog genetics and health and offers ways to delay aging and provide dogs with long, happy, and healthy lives.


“Our goal is not to teach you how to have a dog that literally lives forever. And we’re not going to be addressing every dog’s health issues in this book either – there are too many variables and potential permutations of different health issues in all types of dogs to address all possibilities, ”write the authors.

“The purpose of this book is to provide a scientific framework for optimal parenting and dog care that you can adapt to your unique situation.”

At the same time, a healthier dog can lead to a healthier owner – “welfare can also travel on a leash,” Becker said. “They improve our lives in so many ways. “

Before the pandemic, Becker and Habib, filmmakers and founders of the world’s largest pet health page, Planet Paws on Facebook, traveled around the world to interview geneticists, microbiologists, immunologists, oncologists , infectious disease physicians, nutritionists and longevity experts, and homeowners. dogs that lived in their twenties and even thirties.

“We spent three years traveling and talking to the owners of these exceptionally longevity dogs. It was unbelievable. There was a 30 year old dog in Australia! I’m obsessed with the science of longevity, and every researcher and expert I’ve contacted, not a single person has turned me down. We sat down with the brightest minds, ”Becker said.

An expert in proactive and integrative small animal welfare, Becker is one of the top veterinarians in the United States and is recognized around the world. She is the # 1 social media vet with over 2.5 million subscribers globally, and in 2020, she received a YouTube Creator Award for having over 100,000 subscribers.

A graduate of the late Northern University High School in Cedar Falls, Becker received her veterinary medicine degree from Iowa State University School of Veterinary Medicine in Ames. She has completed exotic animal internships in California and at the Berlin Zoo in Germany, and is certified in animal acupuncture, homeopathy, and rehabilitation.

She opened the first proactive veterinary hospital in the Chicago area in 1999 and within two years she had 15,000 clients. In 2001 she opened an exotic animal hospital and in 2011 a rehabilitation and pain management clinic.

In 2013, Becker moved to Arizona where she continues to practice veterinary medicine and educate the public about natural pet health through interviews, lectures, podcasts, and presentations. She is the author of a cookbook, “Dr. Becker’s Real Food for Healthy Dogs & Cats” and co-produced the critically acclaimed “The Dog Cancer Series” in collaboration with Habib. She is also co-founder of the Companion Animal Nutrition and Wellness Institute.

“I was put on this earth to work with animals,” Becker said simply. This was evident when she was a child, when she begged her mother to help save the worms that had washed up on the sidewalk after a rain.

At 13, she volunteered and then became a member of the Cedar Bend Humane Society Kennel staff, where then-principal Tom Colvin became a mentor, as did Linda Nebbe, a wildlife rehabilitator. from Black Hawk County and local veterinarian, Dr. Lori Cherney. Becker received his state wildlife rehabilitation license at age 14 and his federal license at age 16 under Nebbe’s tutelage. Cherney gave her support and encouragement to Becker in math and chemistry to ensure she would be accepted into vet school.

Becker attributes his passion for wellness and health to his parents, Jim and Jeannine Becker, now retired in Arizona. Both teachers, the Beckers are avid gardeners and cooks with an interest in natural foods and healthy eating. His mother is the creator of Dr. Becker’s Bites pet treats.

“The Forever Dog” is the first dog health book to make the New York Times bestseller list. Habib’s rescue dog, Shubie, is on the blanket wearing a red cape, prompting fans to put capes on their dogs and send photos to the perpetrators.

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Over 50,000 ‘The Forever Dog’ fans photographed their dogs (some wearing red capes as the cover image) and sent them to the book’s authors, Cedar Falls native Dr. Karen Becker and Rodney Habib .


“When he hit number 1, I sat down and cried. More than 50,000 people sent us photos. It shows their promise to their dogs, that they want to become knowledgeable advocates for their dogs, ”Becker said. “When dog owners embrace wellness at this point, it ultimately results in happier, healthier dogs. “


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