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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Yesterday, I explained the basic causes and symptoms of idiopathic seizures in pets, otherwise known as epilepsy. Today I am going to talk more about how your vet diagnoses the disorder, and some options ...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
I’m sure you’ve all witnessed some kind of seizure activity before, whether it be in person or on TV, so you’re probably aware of what a seizure in a human can look like.  Dogs and ...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
You may have noticed that some types of cancers tend to run in the family. This may be because family members share similar lifestyles.  Maybe smoking or obesity runs in the family, predisposing a pa...
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  • Posted by Brook Niemiec on
    Guest Blogger of Petplan
Vital pulp Therapy (VPT) has been practiced for a long time, and is a very common procedure in pediatric human dentistry for fractured deciduous (baby) teeth.  It can also be used in veterinary denti...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
In an earlier blog, I told you about an organism that causes big problems for cats called cytauxzoon. Today, we’re going to talk about another organism that can spell trouble for our feline friends:...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Perhaps you’ve seen or read news stories about unfortunate children who were exposed to the ameba Naegleria fowleri while swimming. This deadly ameba causes encephalomeningitis, or severe inflammati...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Pancytopenia is the medical term used to describe the condition when all three major formed elements of blood (red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets) are low in number.  When red ...
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  • Jules
  • Posted by Jules Benson on
    VP Veterinary Services of Petplan
Yesterday, Dr. Kim Smyth talked about toy breed dogs and dental health. While dental disease is one of the most common conditions we see in our diminutive furry friends, there are plenty of other things t...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Good things really do come in small packages, as evidenced by lovable toy breed dogs.  Whether they’re found riding in style in your handbag or strutting their stuff on-leash, there are no two ...
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For this week’s blog, I was asked to write about an interesting, although not commonly discussed topic: abdominal adhesions.  This is one of those topics in veterinary medicine that is very sim...
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