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In recent years, you may have noticed that your veterinarian has been recommending vaccinating your dog against Leptospirosis.  You may be wondering, “What is Leptospirosis and why do I need to...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Hepatozoonosis is a systemic tick-borne disease in dogs caused by either the protozoa Hepatozoon canis or Hepatozoon americanum. While both of these organisms cause similar disease, cases caused by H. ame...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
It’s no secret, and nor should it be a surprise, that despite our best efforts, sometimes our pets just stink! Today we’ll address some of the common causes of funky pets – from head to ...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
During your pet’s physical exam, you are sure to notice your veterinarian donning his or her stethoscope to listen to your pet’s chest. They do this to listen for abnormalities in your pet&rsq...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Your pet’s kidneys are very, very busy. The kidney is famous for producing urine, but it has so many other important jobs. And when there is trouble with the kidneys, it affects a lot of other body sy...
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“Do dogs go to heaven?” the 5-year old girl asked me earnestly as her bright blue eyes dimmed a little. “I want to know if God will take care of Buster.” In more than 20 years of...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
When your female dog or cat was spayed, her ovaries were removed, thus removing her ability to produce the hormone estrogen. It is this hormone which causes your pet to go into heat, so spayed female pets...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
We’ve talked before about hyperthyroidism in cats and hypothyroidism in dogs. Sitting very close to the thyroid gland are four smaller glands called parathyroid glands. Though they live in close pro...
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  • Posted by Jules Benson on
    Chief Veterinary Medical Officer of Petplan
Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Whether you’re Irish or not, there’s still a lot of fun to be had today – after all, who doesn’t love Shamrock Shakes and green beer? To celebrate th...
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In yesterday’s blog, I talked a little bit about what’s normal and what’s not when it comes to sibling rivalry between dogs. Today, I’m going to tell you some things you can do to ...
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Visit your vet at least once a year to keep your pet protected from preventable diseases.