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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Feeding fish to your cat may seem as natural as a game of cat and mouse, but there are a few things to consider before you fork it over—it may not be as good for cats as you think! ...
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Honey has been used as a healing agent for thousands of years. Ancient Egyptians recognized honey as one of the “three healing gestures”: 1) Cleaning the wound; 2) Applying a salve made of h...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
While some dogs and cats are considered “picky eaters,” turning their noses up at all but the tastiest of morsels, others experience inappetence due to underlying medical conditions. It make...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
When pets frolic through the fresh grass, they may stumble upon more than they bargained for. Bee stings are especially frequent in warmer weather. In fact, according to Petplan claims data, pets are tw...
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Thunder claps, dropped dishware, sirens and loudspeakers can cause some dogs to wildly flee, hyperventilate, desperately howl and bark or even lose control of their bodily functions. A new drug recently...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
If you’re a “dog person,” you probably also lean in the direction of being a “big dog person” or a “little dog person.” I, myself, identify more as a “big...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
We strive to feed our pets the best food that we can, but every once in a while, the food we feed can become accidentally tainted or have other complications.  Some food recall cases are more seri...
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Hantavirus is a relatively new zoonotic (passing between animals and humans) infectious disease to the United States, prevalent mainly in the southwest. If you’re not familiar with this potentiall...
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We often see dogs happily chasing balls and bringing them back to their owners. And while a game of fetch may come naturally to some, others have quirky fetching habits like running away with the ball o...
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Every year during late spring and early summer I get the same question from many pet parents: “Can my dog or cat get Chagas disease from kissing bugs?” The short answer is, “It’s...
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