home / pet health + safety / healthy bytes / vets for pets blog
  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Just as humans are occasionally put on bed rest for medical reasons, our pets can be subject to cage rest, too! Whether recovering from orthopedic surgery, or just trying to heal an injury or mild case of...
Read More | Comments (0)
  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
The Pet Poison Hotline reports that over the last five years, there has been a 200% increase in the amount of calls they have received regarding marijuana toxicity in pets. And now that 20 states and Wash...
Read More | Comments (0)
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...
Read More | Comments (0)
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...
Read More | Comments (2)
  • 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...
Read More | Comments (0)
  • Dr. Kim
  • 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...
Read More | Comments (0)
  • Dr. Nina
  • 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...
Read More | Comments (0)
  • Dr. Kim
  • 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 ...
Read More | Comments (0)
“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...
Read More | Comments (0)
  • Dr. Kim
  • 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...
Read More | Comments (0)
our bloggers
  • Meet the panel
  • Meet the panel
  • Meet the panel
  • Meet the panel
  • Meet the panel
  • Meet the panel
  • Meet the panel
  • Meet the panel
  • Meet the panel
  • Meet the panel
  • Meet the panel
  • Meet the panel
  • Meet the panel
  • Meet the panel
  • Meet the panel
  • Meet the panel
  • Meet the panel
  • Meet the panel
  • Meet the panel
Chris AshtonCo-Founder and Co-CEO of Petplan Pet Insurance
vet tip of the week

Visit your vet at least once a year to keep your pet protected from preventable diseases.