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We don’t often think of cancer as an infectious disease. Flu, the common cold, even herpes, you can catch. But cancer? Yikes! Yet that’s exactly the case with a particularly deadly form of can...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Losing a pet is so very difficult for us. While researching this blog entry, I came across an article in the Washington Post from 2012 written by a man who had recently suffered such a loss. He explained ...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Acronyms have a way of making medical conditions sound a bit more menacing, especially when they are happening with your pet! While it’s true that some illnesses are scary no matter what, being able...
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  • Jules
  • Posted by Jules Benson on
    Chief Veterinary Medical Officer of Petplan
There are a meow-llion reasons why we’re thankful for our pets: they’re here for us when we need a cuddle, they listen when we need a friend and they bring joy to our lives every day. But when...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
When it comes to things that make our pets sick in this country, there are no hard and fast rules. There are diseases that affect both dogs and cats throughout the country (rabies, for example), some that...
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If you’re even the least bit familiar with me, you know my fight against pet and human obesity. I’m into preventing disease, extending longevity and improving quality of life – which can...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
If you and your pets spend a lot of time outdoors, especially in late summer and early fall, it is important that you know about a disease that peaks around this time: leptospirosis.   Leptospirosi...
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My dad gave me my values, principles, work ethic, spiritual beliefs, humility and drive to succeed. He taught me to treat everyone with respect, offer help when it was needed - not asked for - and how to ...
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  • Jules
  • Posted by Jules Benson on
    Chief Veterinary Medical Officer of Petplan
Emergencies can happen at any time. Lucky for your pets, you’re ready for anything. As their personal "Pet First-Aider" you make it your responsibility to keep a handy pet first aid kit well-stocked a...
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Just as I was sitting down to compose this blog, my phone buzzed, indicating that I received a text message. Little did I know that my next topic of discussion was texting its way into my writing. It was ...
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Visit your vet at least once a year to keep your pet protected from preventable diseases.