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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    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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  • Dr. Kim
  • 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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  • Dr. Kim
  • 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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  • Dr. Kim
  • 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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  • Dr. Kim
  • 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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A client recently asked me, “What makes a great pet?” It caught me off-guard. Truth is, I’d never really given it much thought. All pets are great, right? Some pets are truly incre...
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  • Jules
  • Posted by Jules Benson on
    VP Veterinary Services of Petplan
One of the best things about the Christmas season is all the heartwarming tales of holiday miracles we tell this time of year. At Petplan, we hear these stories every day – accounts of pets who have...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
We’ve talked about endoscopy in general, and about more specific types of endoscopies called laparoscopy and arthroscopy.  Today we’ll discuss another “scopy” called bronchosc...
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  • Nicole
  • Posted by Nicole Larocco on
    Guest Blogger of Petplan
Yesterday, I gave you some tips for teaching your dog to “leave it!” – a command that can potentially save your dog from disaster. Today I am going to give you tips for teaching another ...
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