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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Endocrine glands produce hormones that control all kinds of activities in the body at the cellular level. These glands are found throughout the body, from the brain where the hormones dopamine and oxytoci...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Just like children, our pets can be born with cleft palates, too. A cleft palate is a congenital condition of both dogs and cats, meaning that it is present at birth. This is not a condition that you will...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
It can happen out of nowhere; you and your dog are going about life, both happily minding your business, when BAM!  All of a sudden, itchy crusting lesions show up on your dog’s skin. P...
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What can you do to help the veterinarian help your pet? In this age of technology, knowledge and data are power.  Last week, I had an incredibly sweet and rather active five-year-old neutered m...
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It’s holiday time! The next few weeks are full of family fun, festivities, and food. These weeks will also see many of us pausing healthy eating habits, skipping workouts, and gaining a few extra po...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
A pet’s body is home to a plethora of bacteria and yeast, both inside and out. These organisms make up what we call the “normal flora” and they protect our pets from disease, help digest...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Cats are have many endearing qualities. They are adorable. They are curious. They are independent. They have mastered the art of sleeping. And yet, they have also somehow perfected the art of interrupting...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
We’ve talked before about diabetes, but now I want to talk a little more about the different types of diabetes that affect dogs and cats. Diabetes is a medical condition of both cats and dogs...
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  • Jules
  • Posted by Jules Benson on
    Chief Veterinary Medical Officer of Petplan
It’s that time again: the time we figure out who has been good this year and who has not. But what about when it comes to your vet? We know there’s more to being a great vet than just taking v...
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Could the key to analyzing your pet’s health lie in the hair we vacuum from our floors each day?   Researchers say maybe. A recent discovery could allow veterinarians to quickly screen for di...
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Visit your vet at least once a year to keep your pet protected from preventable diseases.