Frankenstein “Frank” Harris, Giant Schnauzer The best part of my day? That’s easy — when Dad gets home from work and asks if I want to play catch. We usually play with a Chuckit! ...
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With cookout season in full swing, one concerned pet parent wrote in regarding an unusual snack her dog swiped from the grill: “Dear Dr. Ward, my dog ate some ashes from our charcoal grill. He see...
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Which heat-related conditions do you treat most frequently in your practice? The most common conditions I treat are blistered paw pads, heat stroke and trouble breathing. Pets with existing medical con...
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Many dogs love crunching on ice cubes, especially on a scorching day – but is it safe? You may have heard that giving dogs ice or ice water can cause bloat, and while there’s evidence that r...
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    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Before you burst out the door with Fido on a hot day, stop to think—is the street too hot for four-legged feet? We all know the phase, “Hot enough to fry an egg,” but hot pavement is a...
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At Petplan, we’re always wracking our brains to think of the latest and greatest ways to deliver pet health information straight to the paws of pet parents. After more than five years of publishing ...
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    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
A recent study linked childhood cat ownership with mental illness later in life, and the researchers think it might be because of exposure to the toxoplasma organism, which causes the infectious disease t...
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    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Petplan’s fourth annual travel survey revealed that Millennials are traveling with their pets more than any other generation. For them (and many families!), the thought of leaving a furry member behin...
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    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Many pets would rather be anywhere but at the vet’s, because it can be a pretty scary place for them. From the minute they enter the clinic door, they are confronted by strange smells, unusual sound...
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    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Are you doing everything you can to ensure your dog is the healthiest he can be? Remember, without a voice (or opposable thumbs), your pet relies on you for his health. Complete our 5-day challenge to mak...
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