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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Hair loss (or alopecia) in dogs can be more than just an unsightly nuisance — it could signal an underlying issue. From contagious conditions to hormone imbalances, illnesses that cause hair loss ...
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“It’s not only what you say, it’s how you say it” is true for both humans and dogs, according to howling new research. Hungarian scientists have proven something most dog lovers ...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Lungworms are one of those things vets learn about in parasitology. But cases are pretty rare, so the info was stored way back in the hidden files of my brain when I had a curious case of a cat who was ...
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I once received a note from a pet parent about an unusual and perplexing condition in her canine companion. She lived in southwestern Florida, and had recently taken her dog and foster pup for a doggie ...
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I love Bulldogs. Yet I’ve never shared my home with a Bulldog and doubt I ever will. As a veterinarian, I’ve simply seen too many medical issues with my beloved sourmugs to take that leap of...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Sometimes to beat the heat, we load up the old dog and head to the ice cream stand! The question of whether or not owners can feed their dogs ice cream comes up a lot. And since, in this family at least...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Though most of us associate allergy flare-ups with the birds, bees, flowers and trees of springtime, autumn can also trigger an itch in our dogs and cats. When humans suffer from allergies,...
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Butt-dragging. Carpet-surfing. Tail-scooting. These colorful terms (love to hear your favorite!) all describe one of our canine companions’ more common unusual actions: dragging and rubbing their ...
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Good news doting dog owners: new research proves you’re more than a treat dispenser to your pooch. Given the choice, chances are your dog would prefer your praise over food. This surprisingly unsu...
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You know them as the security-guarding, livestock-protecting, life-saving, sled-pulling group that includes lovable breeds like the Boxer, Great Dane, Siberian Husky, St. Bernard and Rottweiler. Recogni...
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