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What exactly is aspiration pneumonia?   To put it simply, aspiration pneumonia is the inhalation (breathing in) of foreign material into the trachea and lungs. It usually occurs secondary to oth...
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Smoking is bad for people and secondhand smoke is bad for pets. No news there. The real news is that the now ubiquitous e-cigarette can also pose a deadly danger to dogs. If you thought secondhand smoke w...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Some dogs are specifically bred to have short legs. Breeders choose mates to encourage this trait in popular breeds like Dachshunds, Basset Hounds and Corgis.  But did you know the short limbs i...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Last week, while pursuing the seating chart for the upcoming Monster Jam monster truck show (my son is obsessed!), I mentioned something about the “nosebleed section,” to which my son responde...
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  • Posted by Dr. Nina Mantione on
    Staff Veterinarian and Underwriting Support of Petplan
Today is World Spay Day, and I have to begin this blog by saying that I am unquestionably in favor of spaying and neutering. I take a very strong stand on this issue in my office as there are a multitude of...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
We’ve talked many times about anemia and its causes. If you remember, anemia is the term for a low red blood cell count. Red blood cells carry oxygen to all of the tissues in our body, so it spells ...
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“I’m spending a small fortune in cat litter.” Ok, that was a new one. As I peered over my laptop to make certain I’d heard correctly, a cat with a shadow for a body slowly cra...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
The liver has many, many jobs.  One of those jobs is to make bile, which helps us digest fats in our gastrointestinal tract.  Bile also exports toxins from the liver into the intestines, where t...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Veterinary medicine of today is not your grandfather’s veterinary medicine.  We’ve come a long way over the years, for sure.  If you’ve ever read any of James Herriot’s b...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
  Anisocoria is the medical term used to describe pupils of unequal size.  Anisocoria is not a disease in and of itself.  Instead, it is a symptom of disease, much as pain and swelling are...
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