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The recent canine influenza outbreak in the Midwest, which has spread to 12 states, has been identified as a new viral strain from Asia. Veterinary researchers from Cornell University and the University of Wi...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Have you ever seen your dog or cat munching on a plant and thought, “Hmmm…could that be toxic?” I have good news—there’s an app for that.   The ASPCA has thoughtfully...
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We used to think leptospirosis was a disease of farm dogs, but just like the wildlife that carries the disease, it’s spreading throughout the suburbs and even into our cities. Leptospirosis is one o...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
There are many reasons to carry out your duty of picking up after your pet. First, and foremost, it’s poop, for Pete’s sake! It’s gross! You don’t like stepping in it, you don&rsqu...
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The lady sitting in my exam room smiled proudly as she explained her dog’s diet. “I take her a few times a week to the burger joint to get her favorite sandwich. I usually order an ice cream...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
It can be hard to understand the fear and uncertainty victims of domestic abuse face every minute of every day. Many people ask, “Why don’t they leave?” but the decision to stay or leave...
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Summer means warm weather, blue skies and cool breezes – and it’s also a time our pets face significant health threats. Here are my five favorite tips to keep your pet safe and healthy during ...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
As a veterinarian, I know my cats are safest indoors. Indoor cats live significantly longer than outdoor cats, who often fall victim to predators, cars and illness. Outdoor cats are also responsible for the...
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When news broke a couple of years ago that “Alabama rot,” a somewhat rare and fatal “Southern” canine disease, was diagnosed in the United Kingdom, I was intrigued. To be honest, I...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
As the temperatures heat up (finally!), we turn our thoughts to the great outdoors—dog parks, hiking trails or just vegging out in the grass. This is a perfect time to review some dog park/hiking tr...
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