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As the temperatures heat up (finally!), we turn our thoughts to the great outdoors—dog parks, hiking trails or just vegging out in the grass. This is a perfect time to review some dog park/hiking tr...
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I first witnessed an arguably ill-conceived doga class in San Diego and dismissed it as something only Californians could dream up. Fast-forward to present day and I believe doga is on the right track to ...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) sounded the alarm bell for human topical prescription medications that are used for pain and contain the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) flurbiprofen. Th...
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    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
If you have cats, you’re probably more than a little familiar with this scene: you’ve found yourself awakened in the middle of the night and briefly wonder what woke you before you tune into t...
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During the past two decades of clinical practice, I’ve seen the blueprint of families change due to separation and divorce. Something we often don’t think about is how we can help our pets dea...
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Now that we’ve discussed why your dog might be reactive, let’s talk about some training exercises that you can do to help alleviate your dog’s frustration!   One note before you s...
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A fetch! reader recently wrote in with some concerns about his pup’s behavior while she’s leashed: Stella is a sweet-natured, smart mixed breed who weighs 35 lbs. She does fine with people, in...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Compromised kidney function is relatively common in veterinary medicine. Older pets can develop chronic kidney failure, and all pets (especially curious youngsters) can fall victim to toxins that wreak ha...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
We worry about frostbite and hypothermia in pets during the winter months, but spring and summer sun can also wreak havoc on best friends. Heat stroke, or hyperthermia, is not uncommon in warmer months, a...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
If you love traveling with your pet, I have two pieces of really good news!   Recently, in a rare “bi-paw-tisan” moment, House legislators approved an Amtrak funding bill that will all...
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