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Cutaneous adverse reactions to food (CARF) is the new way of saying “food allergy.” In simplest terms, CARF refers to the condition experienced by some pets that eat something and begin itchin...
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One of the leading reasons pet owners schedule veterinary visits is for “ear infections.” For almost 25 years, I’ve been besieged with cases of dogs ceaselessly shaking their heads, cats...
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Research published by the Messerli Research Institute at the Vetmeduni Vienna suggests that over the course of their lives, dogs learn in remarkably similar ways to humans. Scientists refer to this as the...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
There is no doubt that Golden Retrievers are a popular dog in America. According to the American Kennel Club, the Golden Retriever ranked 3rd in popularity for the last two years (the Labrador Retriever t...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Dog tails do a lot. Not only are they an important source of communication (both among dogs and between dogs and their humans), but they also serve as balancing tools, rudders while swimming and, of cours...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
There are some patients that I will simply never, ever forget, I think. Many of these are from early in my career and stand out as the first time I diagnosed or treated a particular illness, and many of t...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Every Monday morning, I have a tennis lesson. And every Monday morning, I am forced to choose between two evils: the pit of despair or several hours of being uncomfortable. Let me back up a bit to explain...
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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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  • 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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Visit your vet at least once a year to keep your pet protected from preventable diseases.