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  • Posted by Jules Benson on
    Chief Veterinary Medical Officer of Petplan
The only thing more delicious than a fresh, ripe banana is the smile on your canine companion’s face when you offer her a bite. But can dogs actually eat bananas? What happens when they do? When you...
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  • Posted by Jules Benson on
    Chief Veterinary Medical Officer of Petplan
Will an apple a day keep the veterinarian away? As you enjoy autumn apple picking, cider drinking, and (of course) pies, you may want to know if your dog can get in on the action. Can dogs eat apples? We ...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
As a veterinarian, I love animals. I love all living creatures, actually, even down to the tiniest ant (except fleas and ticks—I really hate those!). Every so often, I find myself in an insect moral...
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  • Dr. Nina
  • Posted by Dr. Nina Mantione on
    Staff Veterinarian and Underwriting Support of Petplan
Don’t let your guard down yet - flea season is not over! (I know those of you in warmer climates know that flea season is never over!) In fact, I have seen some of my worst flea- infested patien...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
If you’re a regular reader of my posts, you know that my mixed breed dog, Katie, was the apple of my eye for 15 wonderful years before she died. Dealing with the death of a beloved pet is so very ...
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Like many, I’ve been riveted, heartbroken, and concerned as updates of the most recent Ebola pandemic have overtaken the evening news, social media, and workplace conversations. The tragic case of the...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
I was recently at a continuing education lecture and the vibrant speaker said something that really stuck with me. He quoted a study that found that 93% of people said that they would risk their lives to ...
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As an expert in pet weight loss and nutrition, I’m constantly looking at cutting edge research for insights into treating pet obesity. Occasionally I run across a paper that starts out fascinating b...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
We don’t often think about our pet’s exposure to UV light, but it’s an important factor to consider year-round, especially for pets who spend a lot of time outdoors (these crisp autumn d...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
We humans have many ribbons to wordlessly express our own personal challenges: pink ribbons are synonymous with breast cancer, black ribbons are universally meant to honor the dead and a myriad other ri...
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