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Although I am a veterinarian and have devoted my life to helping animals around the world, I actually couldn’t have pets when I was growing up. I wanted one (or more accurately a dozen), but my moth...
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At long last my thermometer has abandoned the lower latitudes of the thirties and risen above to warmer climes. My pre-dawn runs now start at a balmy 75°. The shivers of March are long forgotten and p...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Trismus is the medical term for the condition we more commonly call “lockjaw.” Spasms of the muscles that we use for chewing make it difficult to open our mouths, hence the popular nickname fo...
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    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
It’s starting to warm up all over the country. Warmer temperatures bring mosquitoes back into our lives, and with them comes your pet’s risk of contracting heartworms. Accordi...
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Although medical management (anti-inflammatories, joint supplements, rehabilitation, etc.) can benefit some cruciate patients, many will require surgical intervention in order to achieve pre-injury functi...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Today’s veterinary medicine isn’t your parent’s veterinary medicine. As science marches forward with new discoveries and techniques, advances in veterinary medicine follow suit. One such...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Blindness in dogs is not uncommon, and dogs have proven time and time again that they can easily adapt to this lifestyle, especially when blindness is gradual. In fact, I think a diagnosis of blindnes...
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“Something’s just not right.”   Those four words are either a veterinarian’s worst nightmare or best friend. They’re my BFF.   Many times a veterinarian is fac...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Perhaps you’ve heard of hip dysplasia, the notorious condition that affects many breeds of dogs and leads to painful hip arthritis. But did you know that there is a similar condition affecting the e...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
When you’re sitting in an exam room, no one word is capable of causing panic and fear more than the word cancer. This is true whether you are sitting in your own physician’s exam room, or whet...
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Visit your vet at least once a year to keep your pet protected from preventable diseases.