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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
A torn ACL in dogs (known as the cranial cruciate ligament (CCL) in our canine counterparts) – will have your four-legged friend limping to the sideline while you phone your vet for the next ava...
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Most pets will experience at least one or two surgical or anesthetic procedures during their lives, and what they’re eating can have a big effect on how well they heal after surgery. A poor diet c...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
I’m often asked what the best age is to spay and neuter a dog – and the real answer is, it depends! Let’s take a look at the benefits and risks of these surgeries and what, if any, is ...
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Stem cells are big news – we hear about them almost every day! Although they were first identified nearly 40 years ago, we still need to understand so much more to fully unlock the potential of th...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
As your cat gets older, she could be changing in more ways than just growing gray hair; you may also start to notice behavior changes. But are these changes just a sign of kitty’s brain getting du...
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The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) estimates that 60% of men and 50% of women living in the U.S. will experience at least one major trauma during their lifetime. These traumas include exposure...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Though we’d all like to think our own furry kids are the smartest, there does exist a list of the most intelligent dog breeds. Topping the list is the Border Collie, followed by the Poodle and the...
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Dogs certainly appear to develop depression, although perhaps not the same sort of depression humans experience. I say this because, frankly, we don’t know for sure. We don’t know exactly wh...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Many dogs spin in circles when they are excited for things like the arrival of their owner, a tasty meal or a rousing game of fetch. It’s like they just can’t help it! Though circling can ce...
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As our pets age, their brains can start to fade. The best way to keep your furry friend’s mind sharp is to provide healthy foods and regular aerobic activity. Try feeding a nutrient-rich snack &nd...
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