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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    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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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    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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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    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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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
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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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
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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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    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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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
We’ve talked before about the use of online pharmacies to fill your pet’s prescriptions.  Sure, they are convenient, but they’re not always reliable. I had an incident occur...
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  For my entire veterinary career I’ve been working under the assumption that mixed breed dogs were healthier than their pure-bred cousins. We were taught that since many hereditary genes requ...
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  • Posted by Jules Benson on
    Chief Veterinary Medical Officer of Petplan
One of the best things about the Christmas season is all the heartwarming tales of holiday miracles we tell this time of year. At Petplan, we hear these stories every day – accounts of pets who have...
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Visit your vet at least once a year to keep your pet protected from preventable diseases.