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  • Dr. Kim
  • 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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I love chew toys. Not for me, mind you, but for my dogs. I recommend nearly all dog owners invest in a variety of interactive, engaging and just plain fun tooth and tug toys for their dogs. Chew toys he...
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I'm grateful to be a veterinarian. I’m blessed to participate in the lives of wonderful people caring for animals that can't care for themselves. To me, helping humans and animals is an honor, pri...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
We know that cats shouldn’t eat dog food, but can dogs eat cat food?   I’ll start off by answering somewhat directly: There is probably nothing nutritionally wrong with feeding your d...
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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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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
It can be hard to understand the fear and uncertainty victims of domestic abuse face every minute of every day. Many people ask, “Why don’t they leave?” but the decision to stay or leave...
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In the past, the most common cause for pet food recalls has been for Salmonella contamination. While Salmonella still leads the recall pack, you may have noticed a new pathogen popping up on recent U.S. F...
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One of the leading causes for pet food recalls is for “the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.” Even though the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and many veterinarians (myself...
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My dad gave me my values, principles, work ethic, spiritual beliefs, humility and drive to succeed. He taught me to treat everyone with respect, offer help when it was needed - not asked for - and how to ...
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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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