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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
There’s been a lot of barking lately about why, despite how much you love your dog, you should stop hugging her. For many, this new rule goes against every loving bone in your body, but I’m ...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Thunderstorms may be exciting to watch, but for dogs who are thunder phobic, even a storm far off on the radar can ruin their entire afternoon.   Sometimes, but not always, storm phobias and...
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Zoomies. Midnight crazies. Fur and blur. Frenetic Random Activity Periods (FRAPs). These are but a few of the names I’ve heard describing those inexplicable bursts of intense energy from our compa...
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Dogs communicate with us in many ways, from body language to barking. And when it comes to barking, your pup is trying to tell you that they want something, and the context of the bark will help tell yo...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Why do dogs eat grass? As usual, the answer is not so simple. The truth is that with all the advances in veterinary medicine and all the new-fangled technology available, we still don’t really kno...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
If you develop a fever or twist your ankle on a run, you don’t think twice about breaking out an over-the-counter medication and treating yourself. You don’t even call the doctor—you d...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
You might’ve panicked at least once that your dog (or cat) is choking. Especially if you have a chow hound who gobbles up their food so quickly that sometimes they get a piece lodged briefly in their ...
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Double the cuteness! Double the fun! Double the trouble? If you’ve ever walked into a breeder or shelter where there are several pups from the same litter, you may have been tempted to throw cauti...
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Recently a pet parent asked me a somewhat sensitive question; their middle-aged Labradoodle had been taking longer to “go” than normal. Because this was asked over the Internet, I advised he...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
When it comes to collars and harnesses, your four-legged fashionista has a veritable smorgasbord from which to choose. Whether she prefers a dainty bejeweled collar or a thick metal studded one, pet sto...
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