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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
The pancreas is a delicate, small organ with a super huge job.  Not only does it produce insulin, which keeps our blood glucose levels stable, but it produces a number of other hormones and digestive...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Well, fall is here, and you know what that means: every time you turn around, you’ll be confronted with another pumpkin-flavored item.  Pumpkin latte, pumpkin bread, pumpkin muffins, and even p...
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  • Tasha
  • Posted by Tasha McNerney on
    Guest Blogger of Petplan
It was once thought that animals did not experience pain in the same way that humans do. But research supports that if a procedure is painful to us, it will be painful to our fuzzy friends as well –...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
I had an urgent call from a colleague last week about one of her patients – Mattie, a Jack Russell Terrier who presented in respiratory distress. She had developed fluid around her lungs, which was ...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Once we grow out of our childhood years, we tend to outgrow the chances of getting an inner ear infection.  As children, our anatomy makes us more prone to painful inner ear infections because of the...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Limb amputation is a viable option for many health conditions that occur in pets, but just the mere thought of amputation is often too much for many owners to consider.  But before you reject amputat...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Fall is one of those seasons that seems to be welcomed by us all.  It means an end to the relentless heat of summer, the start of school, beautiful foliage, fun holidays, and of course, OKTOBERFEST!&...
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Two years ago, I received notice that I was a top ten finalist for Petplan’s Veterinarian of the Year Award.  To be honest, I didn’t even know the contest was going on until that notifica...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Pemphigus foliaceus is a common skin disease in cats and dogs.  It is autoimmune in nature, meaning that the body’s own immune system mounts an inappropriate attack against normal layers of the...
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Yesterday, I explained a little about food allergies in pets, and described some symptoms that indicate your pet might be suffering from them. Diagnosing food allergies can be tricky, because your vet mus...
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Visit your vet at least once a year to keep your pet protected from preventable diseases.