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  • Dr. Nina
  • Posted by Dr. Nina Mantione on
    Staff Veterinarian and Underwriting Support of Petplan
Today is World Spay Day, and I have to begin this blog by saying that I am unquestionably in favor of spaying and neutering. I take a very strong stand on this issue in my office as there are a multitude of...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
We’ve talked many times about anemia and its causes. If you remember, anemia is the term for a low red blood cell count. Red blood cells carry oxygen to all of the tissues in our body, so it spells ...
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“I’m spending a small fortune in cat litter.” Ok, that was a new one. As I peered over my laptop to make certain I’d heard correctly, a cat with a shadow for a body slowly cra...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
The liver has many, many jobs.  One of those jobs is to make bile, which helps us digest fats in our gastrointestinal tract.  Bile also exports toxins from the liver into the intestines, where t...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • 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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  • Dr. Kim
  • 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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