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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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  • 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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    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Bloat is a subject that we’ve talked about before, but it’s been awhile. It’s a subject that is near and dear to my heart, because it caused the death of my own beloved dog last year at ...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
If you recall from the last blog, cardiomyopathy is a primary disease of the heart muscle. In dogs, cardiomyopathy is most often due to the thinning of the heart muscles and the dilation of the chambers o...
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Canine distemper virus is a disease of dogs, and hopefully it’s just some nebulous illness you vaguely recall hearing about and not something you’ve had direct experience with. It’s most...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
The cerebellum is a part of the brain. In fact, the word ‘cerebellum’ is Latin for ‘little brain.’ In dogs and cats (and all other mammals), the cerebellum sits under the larger ce...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
We’ve talked before about hyperthyroidism in cats and hypothyroidism in dogs. Sitting very close to the thyroid gland are four smaller glands called parathyroid glands. Though they live in close pro...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Over the last few decades, veterinary medicine has advanced greatly.  Not only do we have access to more advanced diagnostic tests (like MRIs and CT scans), but as a profession, we are smarter. ...
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Visit your vet at least once a year to keep your pet protected from preventable diseases.