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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) can be a frustrating disease for pet owners and their veterinarians.  It occurs when inflammatory cells accumulate in the lining of the gastrointestinal tract due to ...
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  • Jules
  • Posted by Jules Benson on
    VP Veterinary Services of Petplan
The Petplan Veterinary Awards seek to honor veterinary professionals who go above and beyond to provide pets with an exceptional level of health care – and their parents with exemplary cus...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Acromegaly is a medical condition in cats and dogs that results from the overproduction of growth hormone.  Because increased growth hormone promotes excessive bone, soft tissue, and cartilage growth...
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Doctors agree that sugar contributes to the formation of cavities in people, but what about pets? While cavities are extremely rare in pets – affecting less than 5% of all dogs and even fewer cats &...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
In mammals, the chest cavity (or thorax) is separated from the abdominal cavity by a sheet of muscle called the diaphragm.  The diaphragm serves the important purpose of keeping the contents of the t...
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  • Jules
  • Posted by Jules Benson on
    VP Veterinary Services of Petplan
Let’s face it: cancer is never a good word to hear. While you’re probably used to hearing it being applied to diseases in people, we should all be aware that cancer can affect our pets too...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
The human diet has evolved quite a bit since the dawn of our time on Earth, and there is no shortage when it comes to the variety of choices we have in not only food items, but also in specific diets. Fad...
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  • Nicole
  • Posted by Nicole Larocco on
    Guest Blogger of Petplan
Our dogs use their body language to communicate with us in dozens of ways, from the deliberate yip as they stand next to the door that says, “I need to go out – now!” to a subtle mouth c...
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The other day I was excited because one of my favorite cats and favorite clients was coming in to see me (obviously together).  I had treated Medea three years ago for cholangitis, an inflammation of...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Yesterday, I explained the basic causes and symptoms of idiopathic seizures in pets, otherwise known as epilepsy. Today I am going to talk more about how your vet diagnoses the disorder, and some options ...
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