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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
There is no doubt that Golden Retrievers are a popular dog in America. According to the American Kennel Club, the Golden Retriever ranked 3rd in popularity for the last two years (the Labrador Retriever t...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Dog tails do a lot. Not only are they an important source of communication (both among dogs and between dogs and their humans), but they also serve as balancing tools, rudders while swimming and, of cours...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
There are some patients that I will simply never, ever forget, I think. Many of these are from early in my career and stand out as the first time I diagnosed or treated a particular illness, and many of t...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Every Monday morning, I have a tennis lesson. And every Monday morning, I am forced to choose between two evils: the pit of despair or several hours of being uncomfortable. Let me back up a bit to explain...
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We don’t often think of cancer as an infectious disease. Flu, the common cold, even herpes, you can catch. But cancer? Yikes! Yet that’s exactly the case with a particularly deadly form of can...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Losing a pet is so very difficult for us. While researching this blog entry, I came across an article in the Washington Post from 2012 written by a man who had recently suffered such a loss. He explained ...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Acronyms have a way of making medical conditions sound a bit more menacing, especially when they are happening with your pet! While it’s true that some illnesses are scary no matter what, being able...
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  • Jules
  • Posted by Jules Benson on
    Chief Veterinary Medical Officer of Petplan
There are a meow-llion reasons why we’re thankful for our pets: they’re here for us when we need a cuddle, they listen when we need a friend and they bring joy to our lives every day. But when...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
When it comes to things that make our pets sick in this country, there are no hard and fast rules. There are diseases that affect both dogs and cats throughout the country (rabies, for example), some that...
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If you’re even the least bit familiar with me, you know my fight against pet and human obesity. I’m into preventing disease, extending longevity and improving quality of life – which can...
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