There’s no doubt about it – surgery is scary! Especially when our furry friends have to go through it. But newer technologies in veterinary medicine, like CO2 laser surgery, can make surge...
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How often do you look in your cat’s mouth? Cat dental care is often overlooked at home, because, honestly, who wants to go poking and prodding around those sharp canines (err, felines)? But dental...
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New research warns dog parents to keep their paws out of warm ponds and lakes due to a haunting disease known as “swamp cancer,” or pythiosis. It’s not actually cancer, but a parasitic...
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When it’s time to pick up your four-legged family member from the animal hospital after a surgery like spaying or neutering, pet parents will get specific instructions for their pet’s post-o...
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There’s a little something for every two- and four-legged visitor to The Golden Gate City. If you’re traveling with pets, check out the places below and you’ll see why it’s easy ...
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    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
A torn ACL in dogs (known as the cranial cruciate ligament (CCL) in our canine counterparts) – will have your four-legged friend limping to the sideline while you phone your vet for the next ava...
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Most pets will experience at least one or two surgical or anesthetic procedures during their lives, and what they’re eating can have a big effect on how well they heal after surgery. A poor diet c...
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I’m often asked what the best age is to spay and neuter a dog – and the real answer is, it depends! Let’s take a look at the benefits and risks of these surgeries and what, if any, is ...
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Stem cells are big news – we hear about them almost every day! Although they were first identified nearly 40 years ago, we still need to understand so much more to fully unlock the potential of th...
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    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
As your cat gets older, she could be changing in more ways than just growing gray hair; you may also start to notice behavior changes. But are these changes just a sign of kitty’s brain getting du...
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