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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Water intoxication is a little known swimming hazard – I know it sounds a little “out there,” but it happens, and your vet might not know what to look for. It occurs when dogs drink too ...
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Dogs can be great running buddies, but like pet parents, not all can jump straight from the couch to a lengthy jog without danger of injury. Even if your dog is not among the estimated 40% of U.S. pets ...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
It’s flip flop and sandal season for us two-legged beasts, and that means keeping our toes in tip top shape. But what about your pup’s precious paws? Hot weather can pose some problems for paw...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Have you ever seen your dog or cat munching on a plant and thought, “Hmmm…could that be toxic?” I have good news—there’s an app for that.   The ASPCA has thoughtfully...
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We used to think leptospirosis was a disease of farm dogs, but just like the wildlife that carries the disease, it’s spreading throughout the suburbs and even into our cities. Leptospirosis is one o...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
There are many reasons to carry out your duty of picking up after your pet. First, and foremost, it’s poop, for Pete’s sake! It’s gross! You don’t like stepping in it, you don&rsqu...
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The lady sitting in my exam room smiled proudly as she explained her dog’s diet. “I take her a few times a week to the burger joint to get her favorite sandwich. I usually order an ice cream...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
It can be hard to understand the fear and uncertainty victims of domestic abuse face every minute of every day. Many people ask, “Why don’t they leave?” but the decision to stay or leave...
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Summer means warm weather, blue skies and cool breezes – and it’s also a time our pets face significant health threats. Here are my five favorite tips to keep your pet safe and healthy during ...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
As a veterinarian, I know my cats are safest indoors. Indoor cats live significantly longer than outdoor cats, who often fall victim to predators, cars and illness. Outdoor cats are also responsible for the...
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