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  • Jules
  • Posted by Jules Benson on
    VP Veterinary Services of Petplan
It’s spring, which means it’s time to get out the spade, the shovel and the gardening gloves. A quick trip to the store for bulbs, seeds, and mulch and you’re on your way.    J...
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In my last blog, we talked about what IVDD is and some of the clinical signs of the disease. Today, I’ll explain how we diagnose the condition and what treatment options are available to help pets w...
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Before we dive into our discussion about intervertebral disc disease (IVDD for short), let’s do a quick review on the anatomy of the canine and feline back.  The spinal column is composed of th...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
In my career as a veterinarian, I have worked at two clinics that have employed an in-house groomer, and I really enjoyed having a groomer working on site for many reasons. Not only was it a joy to watch ...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
May 4-10 is “Be Kind to Animals Week.” The American Humane Association came up with this idea in 1915 to celebrate the human-animal bond and, of course, encourage kindness toward animals. ...
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Although I am a veterinarian and have devoted my life to helping animals around the world, I actually couldn’t have pets when I was growing up. I wanted one (or more accurately a dozen), but my moth...
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At long last my thermometer has abandoned the lower latitudes of the thirties and risen above to warmer climes. My pre-dawn runs now start at a balmy 75°. The shivers of March are long forgotten and p...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Trismus is the medical term for the condition we more commonly call “lockjaw.” Spasms of the muscles that we use for chewing make it difficult to open our mouths, hence the popular nickname fo...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
It’s starting to warm up all over the country. Warmer temperatures bring mosquitoes back into our lives, and with them comes your pet’s risk of contracting heartworms. Accordi...
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Although medical management (anti-inflammatories, joint supplements, rehabilitation, etc.) can benefit some cruciate patients, many will require surgical intervention in order to achieve pre-injury functi...
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