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I’ve often “prescribed a pet” to help boost a furry family member’s quality of life – especially if they’re aging. Adding a tumbling kitten or playful pup to your fur...
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When I graduated vet school nearly 25 years ago, we were taught all dogs and cats should be spayed and neutered around 6 months of age. New research proves that early spay or neuter may not be ideal for...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
How is Rocky Mountain spotted fever transmitted?   RMSF is carried by the wood tick, the American dog tick and the brown dog tick and is transmitted to your dog (or yourself!) through the tick&rs...
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You may be too excited to sleep anyway, but having a new puppy in your home will undoubtedly interrupt your nightly snooze. Between the whining and the potty breaks, training a puppy to sleep is tough w...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
It’s astounding to believe a tiny 4-lb. Chihuahua and a hulking 150-lb. Great Dane are the same species. But despite their differences in size, their general behaviors are the same – right? ...
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  • Posted by Pippa Elliott on
    Guest Blogger of Petplan
Why do dogs and cats lick? While pets may well show affection with their tongues, the language of licks can also say a whole lot more, whether the object of attention is themselves, other pets or other ...
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Silently slinking along the living room baseboard, I spy my cat plotting an imaginary kill. Out of her sight and around a corner, our household robotic vacuum has accidentally snagged a string, whipping...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
You know that your pet is good for your soul, and every year we’re finding more and more reasons why your pet is also good for your health! The latest buzz is specifically for women pet parents. ...
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With an estimated 500,000 pets affected in home fires each year, it’s important that pet parents include furry family members in their emergency plans. And fire safety for pets goes beyond just chec...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
The internet is a wealth of information when it comes to really bad ideas, and when you pair a really bad idea with a desire to blow stuff up to celebrate our nation’s birthday, you end up with a ...
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