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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
I cannot count the number of times pet owners have told me, “My cat is indoors only – she doesn’t need to go to the vet.” While your indoor cat is certainly safer from infectio...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Protecting your pet from accidental poisonings can be a difficult task with so many hidden hazards around your house. Here are the top ones you'll want to watch out for - and keep far away from curious paws...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Cats and dogs go about diabetes completely differently; while dogs almost always require insulin injections to manage their blood sugar levels, cats have the equivalent of type 2 diabetes in humans. &nb...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Some illnesses are more urgent than others, and often the severity of these cases are obvious – uncontrolled vomiting or visibly broken bones. Still, other conditions may be seen as borderline, ...
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Our fight against cancer is almost always personal. Ironically, the lives of pets have become markedly longer and healthier because of leash laws, routine vaccinations, improved veterinary care and even p...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Many of us had a particularly harsh winter that seemed never ending, so it is with great joy that I look forward to Memorial Day and the start of a nice, warm summer. While the final Sunday in May is comm...
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I’ve learned a few things during the past 22 years practicing veterinary medicine. I’ve learned to always be polite, no matter how curt a pet owner may act. A good vet listens, looks, and feel...
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  • Jules
  • Posted by Jules Benson on
    Chief Veterinary Medical Officer of Petplan
It’s spring, which means it’s time to get out the spade, the shovel and the gardening gloves. A quick trip to the store for bulbs, seeds, and mulch and you’re on your way.    J...
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In my last blog, we talked about what IVDD is and some of the clinical signs of the disease. Today, I’ll explain how we diagnose the condition and what treatment options are available to help pets w...
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Before we dive into our discussion about intervertebral disc disease (IVDD for short), let’s do a quick review on the anatomy of the canine and feline back.  The spinal column is composed of th...
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