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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Recently, I wrote a blog about echocardiograms, which included my thoughts on how lucky we are as a profession to be able to rely on specialists (in the case of that blog, I was referring specifically to ...
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I’ve just finished a book called The Most Powerful Idea in the World by William Rosen.  The book is a colorful description of the cultural conditions present in the Industrial Revolution during...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
When you think of common pet toxins, you may think of things like antifreeze, strychnine and other potentially lethal poisons that can be maliciously given to a pet. But some equally toxic things may ...
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For this week’s topic, I was asked by one of my co-workers to write about a condition that affects dogs called muscular hypertonicity.  Although not a common condition, it does tend to show str...
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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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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
If you are anything like me, the “polar vortex” experience this winter left you cuddled up with your four legged family members—maybe even under an extra blanket (or two!). These extreme...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
  I admit it: I’m a dog person.  That’s not to say that I’m not also a cat person, but dogs really are my favorite.  Big dogs, little dogs, in between dogs—I love t...
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  • Nicole
  • Posted by Nicole Larocco on
    Guest Blogger of Petplan
Dogs can present mouthy behavior for many reasons. Some of the most common include puppy teething (only up until about 6 months of age!), frustration, overexcitement or simply because they’ve never ...
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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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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Conjunctivitis is something you’re probably quite familiar with if you have kids.  Or maybe you remember having “pink eye” as a child yourself.  Either way, you know that the c...
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Visit your vet at least once a year to keep your pet protected from preventable diseases.