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As an expert in pet weight loss and nutrition, I’m constantly looking at cutting edge research for insights into treating pet obesity. Occasionally I run across a paper that starts out fascinating b...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
We don’t often think about our pet’s exposure to UV light, but it’s an important factor to consider year-round, especially for pets who spend a lot of time outdoors (these crisp autumn d...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
We humans have many ribbons to wordlessly express our own personal challenges: pink ribbons are synonymous with breast cancer, black ribbons are universally meant to honor the dead and a myriad other ri...
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The entire Petplan family was saddened to hear of the passing of our dear friend, world-renowned veterinary behaviorist Dr. Sophia Yin. For many years, Dr. Yin was a frequent contributor to our &ldquo...
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  • Posted by Jules Benson on
    Chief Veterinary Medical Officer of Petplan
Everyone’s tired of hearing about the flu. After this past flu season, it’s hard to even hear the word without thinking about all the people you know that have missed work or school because of f...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Is feeding raw food to our pets worth the risk? Many veterinarians don’t think so, and now the United States Food and Drug Administration agrees. The FDA Center for Veterinary Medicine conducted a t...
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  • Dr. Nina
  • Posted by Dr. Nina Mantione on
    Staff Veterinarian and Underwriting Support of Petplan
There’s no denying that cats are terrific pets.  They are self-sufficient, quiet and world class cuddlers. Of course they are opinionated, bossy and self centered too! Living with a cat is kind...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
World Rabies Day is September 28 – and did you know why? It is the anniversary of the death of Louis Pasteur, the renowned scientist who helped develop the first rabies vaccine. This annual ...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
They say that the eyes are the window to the soul, but can they also be a harbinger of disease? Absolutely they can! Today we’ll all see cats’ eyes in a new, wonderful way!   Let’...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Both of my parents are originally from South Dakota, where they were high school sweethearts in a tiny town bordering the Badlands. Because we have family there, we visited often when I was young, giving ...
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