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With an estimated 500,000 pets affected in home fires each year, it’s important that pet parents include furry family members in their emergency plans. And fire safety for pets goes beyond just chec...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
The internet is a wealth of information when it comes to really bad ideas, and when you pair a really bad idea with a desire to blow stuff up to celebrate our nation’s birthday, you end up with a ...
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    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
When we’re seeking refuge from the sun, our minds turn to the sparkling, blue pool—which then gets us wondering if it’s safe for our four-legged friends to join us for a dip from time ...
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The City of Brotherly Love may be known for the Liberty Bell (and its cheesesteaks!), but if you’re visiting Philadelphia with pets, you’ll find there’s a lot to explore with your furr...
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    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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    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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