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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Veterinary medicine of today is not your grandfather’s veterinary medicine.  We’ve come a long way over the years, for sure.  If you’ve ever read any of James Herriot’s b...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
  Anisocoria is the medical term used to describe pupils of unequal size.  Anisocoria is not a disease in and of itself.  Instead, it is a symptom of disease, much as pain and swelling are...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
I don’t know if they still do this in public schools, but I can still remember yearly checks for scoliosis in grade school.  Our teachers would pull us aside one at a time to lift up the back o...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Humans express love many ways, and as a species we are incredibly lucky to be able to use words to both tell others that we love them as well as to tell them that we know that they love us.  To love ...
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Grain-free, no-grain, and low-grain have been buzzwords in the health-conscious human diet community for the past twenty years or so. Supporters of reducing grains in the diet cite numerous health benefit...
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  • Nicole
  • Posted by Nicole Larocco on
    Guest Blogger of Petplan
Leash laws are in place for a reason, then why do so many people pretend they don’t exist? Last year, I was on a walk with one of our dogs, Porter.  Now, Porter looks as friendly as they ...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Inflammation of the central nervous system is a common cause for neurologic disease in our pets.  We name these inflammatory conditions based on where they are occurring in the central nervous system...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Winter storm Pax is here, which means another round of winter weather is affecting pets in many parts of the United States. Although there are few things more beautiful than freshly fallen snow, storm...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
While the brain is technically one organ, many parts make up one whole brain. Unfortunately, each of these parts can develop abnormally, leading to congenital brain malformations.  Fortunately, conge...
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The United States produces a lot of corn; more than 14-billion bushels of the yellow grain were harvested in 2013. Turning all that corn into usable or edible products creates a lot of unusable and inedib...
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Visit your vet at least once a year to keep your pet protected from preventable diseases.