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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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    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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