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There are few things sweeter than the smell of a puppy or kitten’s breath. While I’m no fan of giving pets as surprise presents, many families woke up Christmas morning greeted by a new b...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
An electrocardiogram (also known as an ECG or EKG) is a very useful tool in your veterinarian’s arsenal for assessing your pet’s heart rhythm and rate.  It can also be useful in identifyi...
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Bone marrow is the spongy tissue at the core of the long bones in a pet’s skeleton. The primary function of the bone marrow is to produce new blood cells, including red blood cells, white blood cell...
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    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
The field of veterinary oncology is one that we wish didn’t have to exist, but unfortunately, our pets do develop cancer just like their two legged parents.  We are lucky, however, that veterin...
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In veterinary medicine, few terms elicit the visceral response that cancer does. The dreaded disease strikes unexpectedly and threatens to claim life and limb from our beloved pets.   Cancer arise...
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    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Calcium is a very important electrolyte in the body. It not only gives structure to our teeth and bones, but it also plays a vital role as a messenger to cells, controlling muscle contraction, nerve condu...
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    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Vasculitis happens when an overzealous immune system attacks blood vessel walls, interfering with their ability to carry blood to the tissues of the body. The condition causes inflammation and necrosis, a...
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A few weeks ago, I heard a story on the dangers of overmedicating. I was surprised to hear some of the facts that I was hearing about a common over the counter human medication and its range of safety. No...
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We’ve talked before about heat strokes in dogs, but luckily most of us are out of that danger zone now that Old Man Winter is creeping up our driveways. So, just to give winter its fair shake, I tho...
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    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
If you’re anything like me, by the time December is coming to a close, you're starting to think about New Year’s Resolutions. While I was revisiting my own resolutions, I also decided to sta...
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