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My name is David Haworth and I’m thrilled to be the newest blogger for Petplan pet insurance. Like you, I am an avid animal lover and as such, I’ve experienced firsthand the power of anim...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
In this dog-eat-dog world, it’s inevitable that you’ll one day witness a scuffle between two of man’s best friends.  Whether at the dog park or in your own living room, dog fights c...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
My husband is a college football official, so football season is a big deal around our house.  Talk often centers around the sport, and this season the most popular topic is the new rule making helme...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Specific characteristics of certain dog breeds make them instantly recognizable (and lovable).  Selective breeding over centuries has enhanced breed characteristics, shaping and crafting dogs into th...
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  • Posted by Nicole Larocco on
    Guest Blogger of Petplan
"It's not medical, maybe it is behavioral."  You’ve just heard this from your vet, and you breathe a sigh of relief – for a moment. But now what?  What is a behavior modificatio...
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Wish your kitty was more clever or your canine more canny? Feed their minds!  One of the keys to boosting brain function and maintaining mental acuity is to provide pets with healthy foods that reduc...
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  • Jules
  • Posted by Jules Benson on
    VP Veterinary Services of Petplan
Life with pets can be very sweet, but a diagnosis of diabetes can be anything but. Diabetes is the result of an insulin deficiency that leads to high blood sugar, and it affects pets in much the same way ...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Canine leukocyte adhesion deficiency (CLAD) is a rare inherited disease that affects Irish Setters. There has been at least one documented case of CLAD in a mixed-breed dog, but in general this is a disea...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
An arteriovenous fistula is an abnormal passage connecting an artery (which carries oxygenated blood) and a vein (which carries deoxygenated blood).  When this connection occurs in the blood vessels,...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Ascites is the buildup of fluid in the abdomen.  The fluid accumulates in the space between the organs and over time it can cause abdominal distention.  As fluid accumulates, it can also put pre...
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Visit your vet at least once a year to keep your pet protected from preventable diseases.