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    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
I remember the day quite clearly, although it was over fifteen years ago. I had just adopted a dog—the first as an adult living on my own. She was about 3 months old and as cute as a button. As we h...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Military working dogs have been used for centuries, but today they are highly trained for specialized military tasks like detecting mines and laying communication wire. Sadly, prior to the year 2000, most...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
We are still getting back into the swing of the post-holiday “return to school” routine, and as such, the mornings around my house have been pretty crazy this week. But this morning, something...
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Good job, Petco.   Petco is the first national pet retailer to remove all Chinese-made dog and cat treats from its stores. The move comes after increased public scrutiny and concerns the treats may...
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Tapeworms (Dipylidium caninum) are one of the most frequently diagnosed intestinal parasites in dogs and cats. This long, segmented parasite can grow over two feet long and live in an infected pet’s...
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I’m a pet foodie. I’m also a people foodie but my real passion lies with pet food. I’m constantly scouring journals and news outlets for any pet food news. Recently the Institute of Food...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
From time to time, a friend or family member will call or email with questions about a sick pet, and I am happy to try to help. I always explain that without actually physically examining a pet, it is har...
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Cutaneous adverse reactions to food (CARF) is the new way of saying “food allergy.” In simplest terms, CARF refers to the condition experienced by some pets that eat something and begin itchin...
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One of the leading reasons pet owners schedule veterinary visits is for “ear infections.” For almost 25 years, I’ve been besieged with cases of dogs ceaselessly shaking their heads, cats...
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Research published by the Messerli Research Institute at the Vetmeduni Vienna suggests that over the course of their lives, dogs learn in remarkably similar ways to humans. Scientists refer to this as the...
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