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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
As technology marches along, there’s a whole new generation of cats that are being denied one of the simple pleasures of cat life: sleeping on top of the television. As mammoth televisions are bei...
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Every 20 seconds, somewhere in America a fire department is responding to a fire, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). Any fire is a tragedy; it’s even more devastating wh...
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Having a pool can help your whole family beat the heat, dogs included! Some dogs are natural swimmers, like Labrador Retrievers, Portuguese Water Dogs and Poodles. But even if it doesn’t come natu...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
The coyote population in the United States is likely its highest so far, due in part to their combination of tenacity and cleverness. And, it doesn’t hurt that they’ll eat anything. This is ...
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Frankenstein “Frank” Harris, Giant Schnauzer The best part of my day? That’s easy — when Dad gets home from work and asks if I want to play catch. We usually play with a Chuckit! ...
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With cookout season in full swing, one concerned pet parent wrote in regarding an unusual snack her dog swiped from the grill: “Dear Dr. Ward, my dog ate some ashes from our charcoal grill. He see...
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Which heat-related conditions do you treat most frequently in your practice? The most common conditions I treat are blistered paw pads, heat stroke and trouble breathing. Pets with existing medical con...
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Many dogs love crunching on ice cubes, especially on a scorching day – but is it safe? You may have heard that giving dogs ice or ice water can cause bloat, and while there’s evidence that r...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Before you burst out the door with Fido on a hot day, stop to think—is the street too hot for four-legged feet? We all know the phase, “Hot enough to fry an egg,” but hot pavement is a...
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At Petplan, we’re always wracking our brains to think of the latest and greatest ways to deliver pet health information straight to the paws of pet parents. After more than five years of publishing ...
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