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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Muscle stiffness, tremors and seizures all have many possible underlying causes, but a tiny parasite could actually be the source of the issue if your dog is experiencing these symptoms. Neosporosis is a ...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
If you’ve ever had a new little one in the house (be it four or two legged), chances are you’ve had more than a few sleepless nights. When you’re in the thick of raising an infant or a p...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
In veterinary medicine, as in human medicine, we talk a lot about prevention. There is no better way to keep our pets (and ourselves) healthy than preventing illness or injury in the first place. From lif...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
I just recently finished a course of antibiotics for a chronic sinus infection, and while I feel so much better because of them, side effects of the medication are lingering. As you know, our bodies are f...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Dogs love to play. There’s nothing quite like the joy that dances across the faces of our canine friends while they are hard at play, whether frolicking on the beach or chasing a frisbee across an o...
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Every day I’m asked by pet owners what they can do to help their dog or cat live a longer, healthier, and happier life. While there’s no single best answer, there are five simple things I thin...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Canine brucellosis is a bacterial disease that causes fertility problems in dogs, so unless you’ve had a dog that you’ve used for breeding, it’s not likely that you’ve had reason t...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Osteomyelitis is the medical term for inflammation of the bone. Most of the time, this inflammation is caused by bacterial infection, though fungal and viral infections can also occur. You may be wonderin...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Because the most common knee injury in dogs is a ruptured cranial cruciate ligament, and because surgery to repair this injury is almost always recommended, knee surgery is quite a common surgery in veter...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Now for some sad news…it seems that just weeks after being declared the oldest cat in the world by the Guinness Book of World Records, 24 year old Poppy died at the beginning of the summer. Poppy liv...
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