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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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    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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    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
There is good news on the horizon for the pets, children and rodents of the world—the manufacturers of the popular rodenticide d-Con have finally decided to take steps to make their products safer. &...
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    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
  I am always grateful when summer rolls around. I love hot weather and all of the things that go with it. Except for one: pets in hot cars.   Inevitably, at least once each year, I am faced with...
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A very sad article was recently sent my way regarding a five year old Labrador Retriever that went for a summer swim in a Minnesota lake.  Unbeknownst to the Pet Parents, the lake contained blue-gree...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Open windows are a favorite hangout spot for my two cats, who love soaking in the sun and breeze and smelling all of the wonderful smells that only they can pick up. They aren’t alone—it seems...
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Everyone knows that having animals in our lives is good for us.  It is a foregone conclusion, right?  What could be better for us than having a furry head to scratch, having a dog or cat to play...
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