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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
A recent study linked childhood cat ownership with mental illness later in life, and the researchers think it might be because of exposure to the toxoplasma organism, which causes the infectious disease t...
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    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Petplan’s fourth annual travel survey revealed that Millennials are traveling with their pets more than any other generation. For them (and many families!), the thought of leaving a furry member behin...
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    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Many pets would rather be anywhere but at the vet’s, because it can be a pretty scary place for them. From the minute they enter the clinic door, they are confronted by strange smells, unusual sound...
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    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Are you doing everything you can to ensure your dog is the healthiest he can be? Remember, without a voice (or opposable thumbs), your pet relies on you for his health. Complete our 5-day challenge to mak...
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    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Water intoxication is a little known swimming hazard – I know it sounds a little “out there,” but it happens, and your vet might not know what to look for. It occurs when dogs drink too ...
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Dogs can be great running buddies, but like pet parents, not all can jump straight from the couch to a lengthy jog without danger of injury. Even if your dog is not among the estimated 40% of U.S. pets ...
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    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
It’s flip flop and sandal season for us two-legged beasts, and that means keeping our toes in tip top shape. But what about your pup’s precious paws? Hot weather can pose some problems for paw...
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The recent canine influenza outbreak in the Midwest, which has spread to 12 states, has been identified as a new viral strain from Asia. Veterinary researchers from Cornell University and the University of Wi...
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    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Have you ever seen your dog or cat munching on a plant and thought, “Hmmm…could that be toxic?” I have good news—there’s an app for that.   The ASPCA has thoughtfully...
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We used to think leptospirosis was a disease of farm dogs, but just like the wildlife that carries the disease, it’s spreading throughout the suburbs and even into our cities. Leptospirosis is one o...
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