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While discussing bloodwork results with a client the other day, he asked me a very simple, and yet complex question: “What exactly are electrolytes and why do they matter?”  The sim...
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Confession: I don’t brush my pets’ teeth every day. Some days, I’m lucky if I brush my own. This doesn’t make me a bad pet parent; it means I’m under the same life pressures ...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Bloodhounds are famous for their long, dangling ears, their droopy eyes, and of course for their incredible sense of smell.  Why else would Hollywood favor them so often for the breed of choice when ...
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Yesterday, we talked about how confusing some of the information around measuring cat life stages can be. For dogs, the assumptions are even less substantiated.  The average lifespan of a dog is ...
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Just how old is Fido or Fluffy in human years?  There are lots of answers to this question.  All are based on arbitrary information, and many websites and publications make dubious assumptions.&...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
There are a growing number of veterinary practices incorporating the use of Class IV lasers, or therapeutic lasers, into their protocols for pain management.  Class IV lasers use a specific wavelengt...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
We’ve talked before about pancreatitis, or inflammation of the pancreas, and how hard it is to definitively diagnose.  This is especially true in the cat, because often times our feline friends...
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  • Posted by Jules Benson on
    VP Veterinary Services of Petplan
At Petplan, we talk a lot about the importance of having a good relationship with your veterinarian. Your pet’s doctor is your partner in giving your pet his best life, and his or her advice, insigh...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Music may well be considered the universal language, as music is a common denominator in all cultures. Listening to music can make us happy, make us sad, make us run faster, make us sleep better, and just...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
You’d never think about going on a road trip (or even just down the street to the store) without buckling your seatbelt or making sure your kids are strapped into their seats. So why is it so common...
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Visit your vet at least once a year to keep your pet protected from preventable diseases.