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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
When it comes to huge, sloppy kisses, large and giant breed dogs have got you covered—literally! Large breed dogs are often intimidating (yet somehow stately and elegant at the same time), but they ...
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  • Dr. Nina
  • Posted by Dr. Nina Mantione on
    Staff Veterinarian and Underwriting Support of Petplan
  I received a question from one of our policyholders not long ago about their new puppy, Gunther. Gunther is a purebred German Shepherd.  Like all purebred German Shepherds, the policyholder k...
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While working in the clinic last week, I had one of my favorite patients (and clients) come in to see me – let’s call them Perfect Kitty and Mrs. Observant. Perfect Kitty was in for a routi...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Today, we’ll take a look at a condition that many pets – just like people! – struggle with as they get older: arthritis. Arthritis, simply put, is inflammation of the joints. There are ...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Muscle stiffness, tremors and seizures all have many possible underlying causes, but a tiny parasite could actually be the source of the issue if your dog is experiencing these symptoms. Neosporosis is a ...
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Pets don’t get old – at least they don’t know it. Yesterday, we talked about the importance of senior wellness testing. Today, we tackle nutrition. Rule 2: Consider Food and Suppl...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
If you’ve ever had a new little one in the house (be it four or two legged), chances are you’ve had more than a few sleepless nights. When you’re in the thick of raising an infant or a p...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
In veterinary medicine, as in human medicine, we talk a lot about prevention. There is no better way to keep our pets (and ourselves) healthy than preventing illness or injury in the first place. From lif...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
I just recently finished a course of antibiotics for a chronic sinus infection, and while I feel so much better because of them, side effects of the medication are lingering. As you know, our bodies are f...
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Our pets don’t get old – at least they don’t know it. In this series, I’ll dispense some essential advice for senior pets. Their muzzles may be getting grey, but geriatric p...
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Visit your vet at least once a year to keep your pet protected from preventable diseases.