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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Humans express love many ways, and as a species we are incredibly lucky to be able to use words to both tell others that we love them as well as to tell them that we know that they love us.  To love ...
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Grain-free, no-grain, and low-grain have been buzzwords in the health-conscious human diet community for the past twenty years or so. Supporters of reducing grains in the diet cite numerous health benefit...
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  • Posted by Nicole Larocco on
    Guest Blogger of Petplan
Leash laws are in place for a reason, then why do so many people pretend they don’t exist? Last year, I was on a walk with one of our dogs, Porter.  Now, Porter looks as friendly as they ...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Inflammation of the central nervous system is a common cause for neurologic disease in our pets.  We name these inflammatory conditions based on where they are occurring in the central nervous system...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Winter storm Pax is here, which means another round of winter weather is affecting pets in many parts of the United States. Although there are few things more beautiful than freshly fallen snow, storm...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
While the brain is technically one organ, many parts make up one whole brain. Unfortunately, each of these parts can develop abnormally, leading to congenital brain malformations.  Fortunately, conge...
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The United States produces a lot of corn; more than 14-billion bushels of the yellow grain were harvested in 2013. Turning all that corn into usable or edible products creates a lot of unusable and inedib...
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Earlier this week, one of my coworkers came to me with a picture (on her phone), of a new bump that she had found on her dog. She wanted me to take a look at it and let her know if her dog needed to be se...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Histiocytes are a type of white blood cell, and they’re responsible for fighting off foreign invaders.  Their function as part of the immune system of mammals is key in staying healthy, but as ...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
It’s flu season again, and this year is already looking like it’s going to be a doozy.  As I took my child in to the pediatrician to get his flu vaccine, I was so very thankful that they ...
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vet tip of the week

Visit your vet at least once a year to keep your pet protected from preventable diseases.